The domestic knockout cups in England give the teams from the lower leagues a chance to compete with the best in the business and over the years we have seen some huge upsets that saw the fringe teams walk away with the trophy come the end of the competition.
However, the FA Cup this season has been fairly straight forward barring a couple of upsets from Lincoln City and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
There were some interesting matchups in the quarterfinals of the competition at the weekend and with replays scraped from this year, the next round of the competition is already decided.
Arsenal, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea are the 4 teams still active in the tournament and the draws for the semi-final were picked after the game between Chelsea and Manchester United on Monday Night.
Here are the semi-final draws in full for the FA Cup:
Arsenal vs Manchester City:
A crunch semi-final between two sides fighting a place in the top-4, Arsenal and Manchester City will go head to head at Wembley in a month’s time. The Gunners had an easy route to the semi-final beating Lincoln City and Sutton United in the last couple of rounds of the competition. They put 5 past Lincoln in the quarterfinals and will now face Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City who beat Premier League rivals Boro in the previous round.
The Citizens beat Huddersfield town and Crystal Palace in the last two round of the competition to set up this top of the table clash in the knockout competition. Neither team has a chance of lifting the PL trophy and will surely look to go all the way in the FA Cup, making a good viewing even for the neutral.
Tottenham Hotspur vs Chelsea:
The Premier League leaders Chelsea are genuinely in search of some silverware in Antonio Conte’s first season in charge at the Stamford Bridge. The Blues beat Brentford and Wolves to set up a quarter-final against Manchester United, which they managed to scrape through, thanks to a solitary goal from N Golo Kante. With no other competition keeping them busy, this could well be their year. However, they were drawn against an inform Tottenham Hotspur side who are also the closest to the Blues in the points table.
In what will be a derby, the Spurs will have to play Chelsea after beating Millwall, Fulham, and Wycombe in the last three rounds, in a London derby of sorts, that is sure to entertain. The Spurs are the only team to have beaten Chelsea since the turn of the year and they will hope that they can get the work done at Wembley later this season.
Ironically, the 4 teams are also expected to be the top-4 come the end of the season. All ties will be played at Wembley on the weekend of 22nd and 23rd April.