The Football Association Challenge Cup semifinals will be held on Saturday and Sunday. The first match is Arsenal against Manchester City on Saturday, and the second match will feature Chelsea versus Manchester United on Sunday. Both of the games will take place in Wembley Stadium and will be played behind closed doors.
Arsenal vs. Manchester City
Arsenal will take on Manchester City as they look to take the trophy for the first time since the Arsene Wenger era. They prioritized the FA Cup by resting a handful of key players when they played against the Premier League Champions, Liverpool.
Despite the weakened lineup, they managed to beat Liverpool 2-1. This has shown that they are the dark horse of the bracket and look to cause a major upset to book a spot to the finals. The only superstar to be benched will be Mesut Ozil as he is recovering from a back problem.
Manchester City are the defending champions of the FA Cup and are still the favorite to win it all. Although they surrendered the league title to Liverpool, they have been in good shape since the restart of the season and are recognized as one of the best teams in the world.
The last time they took a trophy was in February when they won the Carabao Cup. However, they will not have their striker Sergio Aguero due to a knee injury as he does not plan on returning this season.
Head to Head
Manchester City won both of the encounters this season in the Premier League, and City managed to score three goals for both games while Arsenal went scoreless. Arsenal also lost all of the last seven matchups while failing to score in five of them.
The last time Arsenal won against City was in the FA Cup semifinals in 2017.
With a stronger squad and better form after the restart of the season, Manchester City are favorites to win the match. They have lower odds in most sportsbooks, as they are more likely to book a spot for the FA Cup finals.
Manchester United vs. Chelsea
Manchester United have not lost a single game in all competitions since the return. Players seem to be healthy and well recovered after the hiatus.
With their promising squad, they seek their 20th final appearance in the FA Cup. The last time they won the FA Cup was back in 2016 with Alex Ferguson. Brandon Williams and Luke Shaw have been injured, and they are doubtful to return for the semifinals, while their main players, Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba, are expected to play.
The Blues seek their second final appearances and victory in just three years. The last time they won the FA Cup was in 2018, and Frank Lampard hopes to win it for the first time as their manager.
They have lost two games since the return but still stand third on the Premier League table. Billy Gilmour and N’Golo Kante will be unavailable due to injuries, but players like Pedro and Giroud are healthy to play.
Head to Head
Sadly, for Chelsea, the Redskins won all three matches in which they faced each other this season. Chelsea went scoreless in both of the Premier League matches and suffered a 2-1 loss in the Carabao Cup.
The last time they met in the FA Cup was last year in the fifth round and Manchester United took the win as Paul Pogba and Ander Herrera scored.
Although it might be a close game, Manchester United are favorites to win the game against the Blues as they have a healthier and more consistent team this season. They have not lost a single game yet and have won all the match-ups against Chelsea.