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FA Cup Semi-Finals Draw: Match Previews, Road to the Semis, and Predictions

by: EdwardB


The FA Cup semi-final draw has pitted holders Manchester City against Chelsea and Championship side Coventry City against Manchester United. The matches will be played at Wembley Stadium on April 20 and 21, with the final scheduled for May 25.

Match Previews

Manchester City vs. Chelsea

Manchester City, the reigning Premier League champions, will be looking to reach their third FA Cup final in four years. They will face a Chelsea side that is seeking to bounce back from their Carabao Cup final defeat to Liverpool.

City have been in impressive form this season, winning the Premier League title and reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League. They have a wealth of attacking talent, including Erling Haaland, Kevin De Bruyne, and Riyad Mahrez.

Chelsea have also had a strong season, finishing third in the Premier League and reaching the quarter-finals of the Champions League. They have a solid defense led by Thiago Silva and Reece James, and a dangerous attack featuring Raheem Sterling, Kai Havertz, and Mason Mount.

Coventry City vs. Manchester United

Coventry City, who currently play in the Championship, have reached the FA Cup semi-finals for the first time since 1987. They will face a Manchester United side that is looking to win the FA Cup for the first time since 2016.

Coventry have been the giant-killers of this year’s FA Cup, knocking out Premier League sides Burnley, West Brom, and Wolves. They have a strong team spirit and will be buoyed by the support of their fans at Wembley.

Manchester United have had a mixed season, but they have shown signs of improvement under new manager Erik ten Hag. They have a talented squad, including Marcus Rashford, Bruno Fernandes, and Casemiro.

Road to the Semi-Finals

The quarter-finals of the FA Cup produced some thrilling matches and surprising results. Manchester City comfortably beat Newcastle United 2-0, while Chelsea needed late goals to overcome Leicester City 3-2.

Coventry City pulled off a stunning upset by beating Wolves 3-2 in a dramatic match that went to extra time. Manchester United ended Liverpool’s quadruple hopes with a 3-2 victory in a seven-goal thriller.

Historical Context

Manchester City and Chelsea have met in the FA Cup semi-finals three times before, with City winning twice (in 1981 and 2019) and Chelsea winning once (in 2013).

Coventry City and Manchester United have never met in the FA Cup semi-finals. However, Coventry did beat United 2-1 in the 1987 FA Cup final.

Predictions and Analysis

Manchester City are the clear favorites to beat Chelsea in the semi-finals. They have a stronger squad and have been doing well in this season.

Coventry City will be the underdogs against Manchester United, but they have already shown that they are capable of beating Premier League opposition. United will need to be wary of Coventry’s threat on the counterattack.


The FA Cup semi-finals are set to be two fascinating matches. Manchester City and Chelsea will be favored to reach the final, but Coventry City and Manchester United will be hoping to cause an upset.

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