We’ve come down to the last four teams standing in the FA Cup, with Manchester United, Spurs, Chelsea and Southampton set to do battle this weekend at Wembley. The first semifinal pits United (Adidas) against Spurs (Nike), with Chelsea (Nike) taking on Saints (Under Armour) on Sunday. Will the final be an Adidas v Nike one? Or Nike v Under Armour? Or a London derby between the two Nikes? Or Adidas v Under Armour?
For all the four remaining in the competition, this represents their last chance of silverware. Man City have already claimed the league and EFL Cup and United, Chelsea and Spurs have all been eliminated from continental competition. Burnley will also be watching the Chelsea Southampton clash with great interest. Unless Saints win the FA Cup, the Clarets, in all probability, will be making their first European appearance in over five decades next season
Manchester United v Tottenham
Both teams are coming off defeats in their previous games. United were beaten 1-0 by West Bromwich Albion, a result that undid all the good work they had done at the Etihad the week before and gave the title on a platter to Man City. Spurs had their unbeaten run broken by Pep Guardiola’s brilliant side, who secured a 3-1 triumph over the Lilywhites in front of over 80,000 at Wembley.
Mourinho did a League Cup and Europa League double in his first season at United. He will be keen for some kind of silverware although the FA Cup does not necessarily guarantee safety, as Louis van Gaal found out, being sacked two days after lifting the trophy in 2016.
There is no doubt that Mauricio Pochettino has taken Spurs up a level, but he doesn’t have a title to show for his efforts, and a trophy, many would feel, is just reward for his hard work.
Path to semis
Man Utd 2-0 Derby County
Yeovil 0-4 Man Utd
Huddersfield 0-2 Man Utd
Man Utd 2-0 Brighton
Tottenham 3-0 Wimbledon
Newport 1-1 Spurs/ Spurs 2-0 Newport
Rochdale 2-2 Spurs/ Spurs 6-1 Rochdale
Swansea 0-3 Spurs
This is a tight game to call- Spurs have home advantage and are being quoted at 13/10 to United’s 5/2. Big Free Bet is one site that’s deffo worth a look if you’re thinking of staking some ££ on this clash.
Chelsea v Southampton
Chelsea came from 2-0 down to beat Southampton 3-2 at St.Mary’s a week ago and that result will give Antonio Conte confidence that his men can reach a second successive FA Cup final.
Southampton look destined for the drop- they’re four points behind Swansea who also have a game in hand over the South Coast oufit. A FA Cup win will provide some respite for their long suffering fans if they do go down.
Jack Stephens is suspended for Southampton and so is Marcos Alonso for Chelsea.
Southampton have won four of their last five FA Cup ties against Chelsea and are bidding to reach their first final since 2003.
Path to SF
Norwich 0-0 Chelsea/ Chelsea 1-1 Norwich (5-3 on penalties)
Chelsea 3-0 Newcastle
Chelsea 4-0 Hull
Leicester 1-2 Chelsea
Fulham 0-1 Southampton
Southampton 1-0 Watford
West Brom 1-2 Southampton
Wigan 0-2 Southampton
Odds: Chelsea 8/15, Southampton 13/2