Who makes the 2021 FA Cup Final?
Man City, Chelsea, Leicester City and Southampton are battling it out to book their return to Wembley in May as they look to lift one of the most famous trophies in world football.
Here are our FA Cup semi-final betting predictions as four become two this weekend…
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First up, it’s the battle of the two big hitters left in this year’s competition as Chelsea and Man City square off in Saturday’s kick-off.
Both will be looking to avenge Wembley FA Cup disappointment from last season, with the Blues falling short in the final here in a surprise 2-1 defeat to tournament specialists Arsenal, while the Cityzens exited at this stage of the competition last year at the hands of the Gunners.
Pep Guardiola is looking to lift this trophy for a second time as City boss. A thumping 6-0 win over Watford in 2019 helped his side lift a historic domestic treble in 2018/19, and City are the current 3/4 favourites in the FA Cup outrights as they look to repeat that feat in 2020/21.
Thomas Tuchel is looking to cap off a fine opening few months with Chelsea with his first trophy in English football, and he arrives at Wembley as something of a cup specialist at his previous clubs.
The German will be looking to add the FA Cup to the DBF-Pokal trophy he won with Borussia Dortmund in 2016/17 and the Coupe De France and Coupe de la Ligue silverware he claimed during his two-year stint with PSG.
This is the first meeting in English football between the two managers, with Tuchel arriving at the Blues in late January only a few weeks after the Cityzens piled the pressure on Frank Lampard in a 3-1 away win at Stamford Bridge.
A quickfire 16-minute salvo from İlkay Gündoğan, Phil Foden and Kevin De Bruyne saw City ease into a 3-0 half-time lead before Callum Hudson-Odoi snatched a late consolation in the dying moments of the game.
Tussles between these two have been relatively evenly poised in recent times, with City winning three and Chelsea winning two of the last five Premier League meetings, while Guardiola’s men came out on top in their last Wembley meeting, a penalty-shootout win for City in the 2019 EFL Cup Final.
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In the other semi-final, it’s a case of ‘don’t mention the 9-0’.
Unfortunately for Saints fans, when Leicester City now play Southampton, that game will always live long in the memories for neutrals watching.
However, two years on from that game, the Saints have an ideal opportunity to draw a line under that dark day if they can knock out the Foxes to reach a first FA Cup Final since 2003.
Ralph Hasenhüttl will be hoping his side were simply conserving their energies for this contest after the Austrian witnessed a listless display from his charges as they lost 3-0 to West Brom in their dress rehearsal for this semi, a fifth defeat in eight.
Brendan Rodgers’ side are aiming to rewrite a new chapter themselves in this competition. They’ve come close to lifting the trophy before – reaching the final four times in their 137-year history, but the Foxes remain a surprise omission on the FA Cup roll of honour.
With their top four challenge faltering in recent weeks and rivals circling, this competition could now represent his best chance of signing off this season on a high note.
Could the Northern Irishman finally be the man who brings the FA Cup back to the East Midlands as they head into a first semi since 1982?
FA Cup Semi-Finals | Correct Score Predictions
Saturday 17th April
CHELSEA 0-1 MAN CITY
Sunday 18th April
LEICESTER CITY 2-1 SOUTHAMPTON
FA Cup Semi-Final Betting Tips
We’ve gazed into our crystal ball to pick out our three FA Cup betting predictions…
Odds correct at time of writing but may be subject to change.