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FA Cup 2021 Leicester v Southampton. semi.final preview

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Sat, 17 Apr 2021 10:00:00 +0100

The pressure is on Leicester against Southampton as they hope to reach the FA Cup final for the first time since 1969

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Last modified on Sat 17 Apr 2021 04.19 EDT

The pressure is on Leicester as they hope to reach the FA Cup final for the first time since 1969.

Collectively the team need to get back on track after last week’s Premier League defeat to West Ham; and individuals such as James Maddison and Ayoze Pérez, who were dropped for that match after breaching Covid guidelines, have more reason than most to atone.

Still, at least Leicester are battling to qualify for the Champions League too; the FA Cup is the only hope Southampton have of salvaging joy from a drab season.

Paul Doyle

Sunday 6.30pm BT Sport 1

Venue Wembley Stadium

Referee Chris Kavanagh

This season G26 Y105 R1 4.08 cards/game (all competitions)

Odds H Evens A 33-10 D 27-10

Subs from Ward, Amartey, Albrighton, Mendy, Under, Pérez, Praet, Choudhury, Thomas, Daley-Campbell, Leshabela, Flynn

Doubtful None

Injured Barnes (knee, May), Justin (knee, next season)

Suspended None

Discipline Y76 R0 (all competitions)

Form DWWWLL (all competitions)

Leading scorer Vardy 14 (all competitions)

Subs from Forster, Lewis, Nlundulu, Finnigan, Ferry, Chauke, Watts, Tchaptchet, Tella, Jankewitz, Stephens, Ramsay, Salisu, Adams, Minamino

Doubtful None

Injured Obafemi (match fitness, unknown), Romeu (ankle, next season), Smallbone (knee, next season)

Suspended None

Discipline Y52 R1 (all competitions)

Form WLLWWL (all competitions)

Leading scorer Ings 10 (all competitions)

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Sat, 17 Apr 2021 10:00:00 +0100

Chelsea have been revitalised under Thomas Tuchel since he took the helm following the sacking of Frank Lampard in January

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They have lost just twice and 

Plus latest team news, odds and what is being said about the game

Chelsea will face Manchester City in the first FA Cup semi-final at Wembley as both sides are in the midst of a defining 12-day period of their seasons.

Chelsea have been revitalised under Thomas Tuchel since he took the helm following the sacking of Frank Lampard in January.

They have lost just twice and have reached the semi-finals in both this competition and the Champions League.

They are also firmly in the hunt for a top four spot, trailing current occupants of that position West Ham by just a single point.

Manchester City meanwhile are still in contention for an historic quadruple.

They look to have the Premier League crown wrapped up already and will return to Wembley at the end of the month for the Carabao Cup final against Tottenham.

They also have a mouth-watering semi-final tie against French champions Paris Saint-Germain after overcoming Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League

The FA have confirmed this match will go ahead as scheduled, despite earlier concerns that the game would have clashed with the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh.

Unlike the other semi-final between Southampton and Leicester the following day, fans will not be in attendance for this match.

The first FA Cup semi-final will take place on Saturday, April 17.

The match will start at 5.30pm.

The match will be broadcast on BBC1.

Chelsea will be without midfielder Mateo Kovacic, after he picked up a hamstring injury while preparing for their Champions League quarter-final match against Porto.

However, Tuchel will have a full complement of players to choose from aside from the Croat, as the rest of the team emerged unscathed from their efforts in Seville.

Pep Guardiola, meanwhile, expects to be without Sergio Aguero, who reportedly has a "light muscle injury" and did not travel with the rest of the squad to face Dortmund in the Champions League.

Aymeric Laporte is available, after recovering from a hip injury that kept him out of the weekend’s defeat to Leeds United.

The match is incredibly tough to call.

Both sides are on a good run of form and capable of playing scintillating football.

Chelsea are full confidence coming into this match, but they have been wasteful in front of goal and that inability to finish off chances could haunt them in big games.

The league table doesn’t lie and Manchester City have consistently been the best team in the land this year.

They swept Chelsea aside 3-1 in the match at Stamford Bridge at the turn of the year, but this version of Chelsea presents a far greater challenge.

Predicted score: Chelsea 1 Manchester City 2 (AET)

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– April 17, 2021
FA Cup 2021 Leicester v Southampton. semi.final preview