FA Cup semi-final times confirmed with Chelsea vs Man City on free-to-air TV

Chelsea’s FA Cup semi-final with Manchester City will be shown on free-to-air television next month after the Football Association confirmed the timings and broadcast details of the two Wembley clashes.

Chelsea and Manchester City will face off at 5:30pm on Saturday 17 April, before Leicester City take on Southampton in the other semi-final at 6:30pm the following day.

BBC One and BBC iPlayer will broadcast the first semi-final, while BT Sport has the rights for the second.

Eight-time FA Cup-winners Chelsea reached last four with a 2-0 win over Sheffield United in the quarter-finals, while quadruple-chasing City booked their spot with a 2-0 victory at Everton.

Meanwhile, Leicester overcame Manchester United to set up a last-four tie with Southampton, who beat south coast rivals Bournemouth in the last round.

The FA Cup semi-final details have been confirmed
The FA Cup semi-final details have been confirmed

The Foxes have never won the FA Cup – finishing as runners-up on four occasions – while the Saints clinched the trophy with victory over Manchester United in 1976.

Wembley will host the FA Cup final on Saturday 15 May and the spectacle has been picked as a pilot event to trial the return of crowds to stadiums and other large venues.

FA chiefs hope 20,000 supporters will be in attendance, while they have not ruled out a smaller number attending one of the semi-finals.

English football’s governing body are eager to welcome some fans back ahead of this summer’s European Championship, with seven games to be hosted at Wembley including both semi-finals and the final in July.

UEFA has set host countries a deadline of 7 April to confirm if they are able to host some fans at matches, with the tournament due to kick-off on 11 June.

FA Cup semi-final details

Saturday 17 April 2021

Chelsea v Manchester City (5.30pm BST) – BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

Sunday 18 April 2021

Leicester City v Southampton (6.30pm BST) – BT Sport 1 HD and BT Sport Ultimate.

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