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Chelsea v Manchester City: FA Cup semi-final preview


Manchester City’s latest obstacle in their path to hoovering up every piece of silverware available is a tussle with Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea. After both side’s progressed to the Champions League it will be interesting to see if either side shows signs of fatigue from respective endeavours. City’s hard-fought, emotional comeback has the more likely chance of producing a dip as Pep Guardiola’s side finally got over the hump of previous failures in the quarters. The chance of a legendary quadruple could allow for them to focus quickly on the task at hand though. If that is the case Chelsea could be up against it as Tuchel still searches for his best lineup in attack. Four-times FA Cup winner Olivier Giroud will be desperate for a Chelsea start to show he is, as usual, being unfairly overlooked. Graham Searles

Saturday 5.30pm BBC One

Venue Wembley Stadium

Referee Mike Dean

This season G24 Y85 R8 3.88 cards/game (all competitions)

Odds H 4-1 A Evens D 5-2

CHELSEA

Subs from Caballero, Arrizabalaga, Emerson, Anjorin, Gilmour, Werner, Abraham, Ziyech, Giroud, Christensen, James, Alonso

Doubtful None

Injured Kovacic (hamstring)

Suspended None

Discipline Y54 R2 (all competitions)

Form WWLWWL (all competitions)

Leading scorer Abraham 12 (all competitions)

MANCHESTER CITY

Subs from Ederson, Carson, Delap, Palmer, Bernabé, Doyle, Torres, García, Laporte, Mendy, Zinchenko, Mahrez, Aké, Jesus

Doubtful None

Injured Agüero (calf, unknown)

Suspended None

Discipline Y56 R0 (all competitions)

Form WWWWLW ( all competitions)

Leading scorer Gündogan 16 (all competitions)



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