2019-20 FA Cup Semi-Finals: Chelsea vs Manchester United

Chelsea meet Manchester United at Wembley Stadium in a blockbuster FA Cup Semi-Final clash.

This is the fourth FA Cup meeting between these teams in consecutive seasons between these teams with Arsenal awaiting the winners in the final. 

 

Team News

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Chelsea have no fresh injury concerns to report as N’Golo Kante remains out with a hamstring injury.

Billy Gilmour and Marco van Ginkel are sidelined with knee injuries. 

Man Utd have no fresh injury concerns and could have Brandon Williams available if he passes a late fitness test on an eye injury.

Luke Shaw (ankle) is a doubt but Axel Tuanzebe and Phil Jones remain absent. 

 

Stat Attack

  • Chelsea are unbeaten in seven of 16 previous FA Cup meetings against Manchester United (W5, D2, L9), keeping clean sheets in all five wins. 
  • Man Utd have lost three of their last four FA Cup meetings against Chelsea by 1-0 results, although only one of those losses came at Wembley – 2018 FA Cup Final in which Eden Hazard scored a 22nd minute winner from the penalty spot. 
  • Odion Ighalo is the only Man Utd player to have scored in consecutive FA Cup matches this season, scoring twice against Derby in Fifth Round then at Norwich in their Quarter Final last month.

 

Prediction

With both teams set to qualify for Europe via their league positions, I am nevertheless expecting a good battle because Chelsea players will want to prove to Frank Lampard that they’re ready to challenge for a trophy and likewise at Utd with Ole Gunnar-Solskjaer. 

This is their fourth meeting of the season though and Chelsea haven’t really found strong performances against United in any of their three previous clashes so perhaps it could be fourth time lucky if they turn up and deliver.

I however am going for an Utd win because they are absolutely flying in terms of momentum and it is difficult to see Chelsea stopping them here, especially given the Blues’ recent inconsistent performances. 

Prediction: Chelsea 1-2 Manchester United

Result: Chelsea 3-1 Manchester United

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