By News Team
Last Updated: 17th July 2020
Four teams will battle it out this weekend for a place in the FA Cup final, with Manchester City hoping to stay in the hunt to retain the trophy.
We’ve previewed the two mouth-watering semi-finals taking place on Saturday and Sunday.
Manchester City too strong for Arsenal?
Ahead of Manchester City and Arsenal’s clash on Saturday, it’s been another week of twists and turns in the Premier League, not least for the Gunners, who saw their European hopes significantly impacted by the defeat to Spurs but followed that up with a victory against Premier League champions Liverpool.
City by all accounts have looked the most eye-catching in recent weeks, barring a couple of hiccups, and bolstered by the news that the squad will play Champions League football next season, the feeling around the dressing room will likely be one of rejuvenation.
If City could retain the FA Cup and go on to win Europe’s top prize this season, Pep Guardiola would have to call it one of his most successful campaigns at the club – and this could become a key factor in what we see from the Citizens over the coming weeks. You can get City to win the Champions League at 10/3.
This driving motivation, coupled with the fact that City on their day are a much better side than the current Arsenal crop suggests that the Gunners are in for a tough evening on Saturday, and the odds reflect that with Mikel Arteta’s side priced at 8/1 for the victory at Wembley.
In contrast, you can get Manchester City to win this one at 3/10, while David Silva to continue his Citizen swansong with another goal on Saturday at anytime is 11/4. So fancied are City to advance here, they’re also the 8/13 favourites to win the competition outright and make it back-to-back FA Cup triumphs.
Manchester United running out of steam?
Going into their FA Cup semi-final with Chelsea on Sunday, Manchester United have been one of the form sides in the Premier League in recent weeks, taking four wins and two draws from their last six matches, but it was evident at Southampton that the heavy fixture list was beginning to take its toll.
United themselves can take part of the blame for that 2-2 draw with Southampton – having named the same 11 starting players in the previous five consecutive fixtures, and there were a few tired legs on show against the Saints. That said, they are still the 13/10 favourites for victory this weekend and 4/1 second favourites to go all the way.
Also, on the plus side for United, Chelsea have looked vulnerable of late. Their defence has looked shaky, and Frank Lampard has struggled to lock down a favoured centre-back partnership, while goals have begun to dry up a little of late, with the club scoring just one goal in their last two fixtures. Chelsea are 2/1 to seal victory against United.
Sunday’s clash is shaping up to be a match that’ll be decided by the better tactician on the day – will Chelsea’s defence hold, and will United’s star men, with the likes of Bruno Fernandes, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood all having been on fire of late, have enough in the tank to break down the Blues?
With things finely poised, we could be going the distance in this one – either United or Chelsea to win in extra-time is priced at 10/1.