FA Cup Semi Final details confirmed as Chelsea plot to beat Southampton at Wembley
In the last 15 minutes, the FA have released details for the FA Cup Semi Finals to be played at Wembley on April 21 and 22.
Chelsea beat Leicester City 2-1 after extra time to book their place at Wembley where they will face Southampton, now managed by former Blues star, Mark Hughes. Pedro’s winning goal gives Antonio Conte’s side hope of finishing the season with some silverware, but at this stage, it is impossible to tell what state Southampton will be in following the recent appointment of Hughes, sacked by Stoke City earlier this season.
Chelsea and Southampton will meet on Sunday, April 22nd with the game kicking off at 3pm UK. The match will be shown live on BT Sport as part of their deal with the FA for exclusive coverage.
On Saturday, April 21st Manchester United will face the current tenants of Wembley Stadium, Tottenham Hotspur. Both sides also will be hoping to lift the famous trophy in May as it represents the only silverware still on offer following both United and Spurs crashing out of the Champions League at the same stage as Chelsea.
The United-Tottenham clash will kick off at 17:15 UK and will be shown live on BBC1.
Yesterday, Pedro spoke openly about how he believed that Chelsea could end the season as FA Cup winners and qualify for next season’s Champions League – something that is very much a long shot belief for the even the most loyal of Blues supporters.
However, if last season taught people anything it is that Antonio Conte is a warrior and his pride will demand that if he is to leave Chelsea in the summer that he leaves with another piece of silverware to his name.
Chelsea will be facing a Southampton team that could well be focused on their relegation battle but Mark Hughes will not want to pass up a freebie opportunity handed to him to lead a side out in a major final.
In the other semi final, Mauricio Pochettino has talked about the top four being a bigger priority whereas Jose Mourinho has immediately made the FA Cup his priority since the defeat to Sevilla.
No matter what happens, there is a bit of life left in the FA Cup this season.