Big guns set to clash in FA Cup semi-final at Wembley this evening


Chelsea and Manchester City face off at Wembley this evening in the semi-finals of the FA Cup.

Chelsea saw off Sheffield United in the last round while City beat Everton to reach in the final four.

Chelsea take on Man City in the FA Cup semi-finals this weekend

Chelsea take on Man City in the FA Cup semi-finals this weekend

City are targeting an unprecedented quadruple this season and this clash will be a major test of their credentials.

The winner of this tie will then take on either Leicester or Southampton, who meet on Sunday, in the final on May 15.

City beat Chelsea 3-1 in the Premier League in January and claimed EFL Cup glory over the Blues two years ago.

Pep Guardiola and co will know another win this weekend will put them in a brilliant position to claim all four major titles this season.

But Thomas Tuchel’s west Londoners will not go down without a fight as the German eyes his first piece of silverware with the club.

Chelsea v Man City: How to listen

This match will get under way at 5:30pm on Saturday, April 17.

Full coverage from Wembley will be live on talkSPORT, with our pre-match build-up starting at 4pm.

Mark Saggers will be your host and commentary will come from Sam Matterface, Trevor Sinclair, and Mark Hughes.

To tune in, click the radio player below or HERE for the live stream.

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Man City beat Chelsea 3-1 in the Premier League earlier this season

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Man City beat Chelsea 3-1 in the Premier League earlier this season

Chelsea v Man City: Team news

Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic will miss out on this match having sustained a hamstring strain in training.

Andreas Christensen is also out with a muscle injury but N’Golo Kante, who has also been struggling with a hamstring issue, should be fit.

The Blues have no further issues to contend with.

Sergio Aguero is Man City’s only injury worry as he continues to nurse a minor muscular problem.

He missed the Champions League win over Borussia Dortmund in midweek but could be fit to return.

City otherwise have a fully-fit squad with defender Aymeric Laporte available again after overcoming a knock.

Pep Guardiola’s Man City are targeting an unprecedented quadruple this season


Pep Guardiola’s Man City are targeting an unprecedented quadruple this season

Chelsea v Man City: What has been said?

Thomas Tuchel has admitted Chelsea still lag behind Manchester City – but will hunt down Europe’s “benchmark” club next season.

He said: “From next year on, from day one of next season we we will hunt them, we will try to close the gap between us.

“And this the benchmark. For me in Europe there are two teams who are the benchmark, there is Bayern Munich and Manchester City.

“I don’t believe in how big clubs are, how tough it is or are we equal or not.

“We have to admit there is a gap but for 90 minutes we are very self-aware and very self-confident that we believe we can close the gap tomorrow for one game.

“And this is the target for tomorrow. I arrive happy to compete against the benchmark in England and Europe.

“We want the momentum of football on our side, and to play at the top level it’s not to force things, and we’ll need a bit of luck.”

Danny Mills believes Manchester City should receive more praise for being on the verge of quadruple success without Sergio Aguero

Chelsea v Man City: Match stats and facts

  • Chelsea have lost four of their last five FA Cup ties against Manchester City, including a 2-1 loss at this stage in 2013. However, they did win their most recent such encounter 5-1 in February 2016.
  • Manchester City have won six of their last nine meetings with Chelsea in all competitions (D1 L2), beating the Blues 3-1 at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League already this season.
  • Manchester City have lost none of their three meetings with Chelsea at the new Wembley Stadium, beating them 2-1 in the 2013 FA Cup semi-final, 2-0 in the 2018 Community Shield, and on penalties in the 2019 League Cup final.
  • Chelsea are looking to reach the FA Cup final for a 15th time, with only Arsenal (21) and Manchester United (20) reaching it more often than the Blues. Chelsea have won seven of their last eight semi-final ties, losing only against Man City in 2013 in this run.
  • Manchester City have won nine of their last 11 FA Cup semi-final matches, though they have been eliminated at this stage in two of their four previous campaigns under Pep Guardiola (vs Arsenal in both 2017 and 2020).
  • Chelsea are looking to reach the FA Cup final for the fourth time in the last five seasons, failing only in 2018-19 in this run. Thomas Tuchel would be the first ever German manager to reach the English FA Cup final.
  • Man City boss Pep Guardiola is unbeaten in all five of his managerial meetings with Chelsea’s Thomas Tuchel (W3 D2), with all of these coming between 2013 and 2016 when the Spaniard was in charge of Bayern Munich.
  • Sergio Agüero has scored six goals in his 10 appearances at Wembley Stadium for Manchester City. His six goals are more than any other Man City player has netted at the ground.
  • No player has scored more goals in the 2020-21 FA Cup tournament (excl. qualifiers) than Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham (4).
  • Man City’s Kevin De Bruyne has been involved in nine goals in his last eight FA Cup matches, scoring four and assisting five.

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