After defeating Everton 2-0 in the FA Cup Quarter-finals, Manchester City took another step forward to the FA Cup finals. The result means that Manchester City will now face Chelsea in this season’s Semi-finals.
Manchester City have faced Chelsea in this competition on six previous occasions, most recently in the 2016 season when Chelsea routed City 5-1 (albeit the Sky Blues had a weaker squad).
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The Mancunians, however, boast a stronger head-to-head record against the Londoners in this competition. In these previous six matches City have won four of these six games (Manchester City also won the 2013 Semi-final against Chelsea 2-1). While the Londoners won most recently in 2016, their other victory against City was back in 1915. In this case, history would favor the Sky Blues in this encounter.
Both teams have been playing an attractive style of football. City looked defeated in the early stages of the season, but the Sky Blues turned things around in mid-December. Their superb form sees the Sky Blues at the top of the English Premier League table, 14 points clear of second-placed Manchester United (who have a game in hand). City are also in the Carabao Cup Final and the UEFA Champions League’s Quarter-finals. In other words, City may be on course to win more than one trophy this season.
Chelsea are also in a good run of form. Following the arrival of Thomas Tuchel, the Blues moved their way up the EPL table. They currently sit in fourth, and their next set of league matches could see them climb to third. Like City, they are also in the UEFA Champions League’s Quarter-finals.
How will these two sides fare in this season’s FA Cup Semi-final? Time will tell on 17 April.