The past weekend witnessed four Premier League clubs work their way into the semi-finals of this year’s Emirates FA Cup.
It was an easy breeze into the semis for Manchester United, Southampton and Tottenham while Chelsea needed extra time to see off fellow Premier League side, Leicester City. Yesterday night, immediately after the Chelsea game, the draws were made.
Manchester United will take on Tottenham Hotspur while Chelsea and Southampton will slug it out in the other semi-final. These games will be played in April. While you anticipate these Premier League games in the FA Cup knockout round, which club do you think should win this year’s FA Cup?
The Blues have had a pretty difficult football season. The downward spiral seemed to have begun at the beginning of the season when Antonio Conte did not get the players that he wanted in the transfer market.
Chelsea, currently placed fifth on the table, risk losing out on UEFA Champions League football next season. This is their only chance of winning a trophy this season and they seem to have done well for themselves, especially with the way they played against Leicester City.
Their cross-town rivals have won the Premier League and the EFL Carabao Cup this season. They got knocked out of the Champions League by Sevilla and are now left with no choice but to win the FA Cup or risk finishing their football season without winning a trophy.
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For a team that won two trophies last season, not winning any this season is the one thing the Red Devils will be trying to avoid this season. Finishing second or third on the Premier League table may not matter as much now. The FA Cup is definitely a priority.
The Saints have done well for themselves this season. They may still be struggling in the Premier League (they’re currently 18th on the table) but the FA Cup is a perfect distraction from all that glum.
And they will want to go on ahead to win the FA Cup, not just for the glory at stake but also for a chance to automatically qualify for the Europa League as FA Cup winners and also play against other European clubs.
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Since this football season began, Tottenham has been using the Wembley Stadium as their home ground while the original home stadium, White Hart Lane, is under re-consstruction. Fortunately for Spurs, all the FA Cup semi-final games will be played at the Wembley Stadium.
With this kind of “sweet coincidence,” it looks like Mauricio Pochettino’s men may just enjoy the advantage of playing at home when they take on Manchester United in their semi-final game. And this “little advantage,” to an extent, may decide which of the two clubs will go all way to the final. Have we mentioned that the final will also be played at the Wembley Stadium?
Of all these four clubs, which two would you like to see play in the final of the FA Cup? Leave us a comment and let us know your thoughts and expectations.