FA Cup semi-finals preview
Now the Premier League reaches the latter stages of a strange season, it’s time to look at the FA Cup. This weekend the four remaining teams will play their semi-finals in the 2019-20 FA Cup season. In this article we preview both semi-finals to see who we think will get to the final.
Arsenal versus Manchester City
On Saturday night Arsenal and Manchester City will start the first FA Cup semi-final of this season. Very recently these two teams faced each other when they came back after the lockdown. This match was played at the Etihad Stadium and it was an easy victory for Manchester City. Raheem Sterling opened the score at the end of the first half. A few minutes into the second half David Luiz got sent off and Kevin de Bruyne netted the penalty giving to Man City. Phil Foden scored the 3-0 late in the game to top it off. Both managers rested some of their important players in their midweek Premier League matches, so we expect to see two fit teams on Saturday. It’s going to be a special match for Arsenal’s manager Mikel Arteta, who left Man City earlier in this season to manage Arsenal. Manchester City has a 22 points lead on the Premier League table over Arsenal so we expect the Cityzens to beat Arsenal and progress to another FA Cup final.
Manchester United versus Chelsea
This is going to be a very interesting battle on Sunday evening. The gap between these teams on the table is much smaller than the gap in the first semi-final. The moment we’re writing this article, Chelsea has four points lead over Man United. Manchester United can decrease this gap to one point if they manage to beat Crystal Palace tonight. Man United won both Premier League matches against Chelsea this season. They won 4-0 at home and 0-2 away at the Bridge. The interesting fact in this battle is that both teams play for two things at this moment. They want to win the FA Cup, but also want to finish in the top 4 to earn a ticket for the Champions League. It’s going to be very interesting to see how the managers will cope with fighting on two fronts. Looking at the form and history of these two teams, we expect Man United will make it an all Manchester final at Wembley this season.