As this season’s FA Cup semi-finalists learn who they will face in the penultimate round of fixtures, could there be surprises in store? All 4 semi-finalists have played just 3 games so far, joining the competition in the fourth round.
FA Cup semi-finals fixtures
West Ham will play host to Gareth Taylor’s Manchester City whilst Chelsea will make the short journey to face Arsenal. The fixtures are due to be played the weekend of the 16th/17th April with further details to be confirmed in due course.
Drawing the away fixture will no doubt come as a relief for Chelsea fans. The club would have been unable to sell tickets had the tie been held at Kingsmeadow with season tickets not covering FA cup fixtures beyond the quarter-final of the competition.
So how has each team made it to the semi-finals?
FA Cup: Arsenal beat Coventry
Arsenal fans will no doubt have been delighted to secure a home tie in the semi-finals of the FA cup. The gunners have claimed the title a record 14 times. Arsenal have played three games so far in the competition having joined in the fourth round. A narrow 1-0 victory over London City Lionesses followed by a comfortable 0-4 win away at Liverpool saw the Gunners through into the quarter-finals. Another 4-0 win, this time at home to Coventry saw Arsenal through to the Semi-final draw.
Chelsea victorious against Aston Villa
Chelsea have enjoyed a relatively straightforward cup run with two of their three games being played at home. Brushing Aston Villa aside in a 1-3 victory, Emma Hayes’ side then went on to a resounding 7-0 win against Leicester. That game however was marred by a later rescinded red card that saw Leicester reduced to ten players just 17 minutes into the tie. Chelsea’s final four spot was secured in a 5-0 home win against a struggling Birmingham side.
Manchester City ease through
Manchester City have arguably had one of the more difficult journeys to the semi-finals stage. An emphatic 0-8 win away to Nottingham forest saw the blues face an away derby in the fifth round. Despite an early scare, Gareth Taylor’s side brushed past their near rivals with relative ease. A 4-0 home victory over Everton granted last season’s league runners up to their ticket to the semi-finals of the competition.
West Ham United cruise past Reading
West Ham too joined the competition in its fourth round, sweeping aside Sheffield United in a resounding 1-4 away victory. The following two rounds saw the Hammers secure 0-1 away victories to both Ipswich and Reading. With West Ham, the only side in the final 4 to never lift the FA Cup, could the Hammers pull off a huge shock?