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12:00 EAT 05/04/2019
Pep Guardiola Southampton vs Manchester City Premier League 2018-19
Wembley hosts two semi-finals this weekend, with Manchester City’s quadruple quest top of the agenda

  • Etienne Capoue Watford FA Cup

    FA Cup Semi-finals

    We’ve reached the semi-final stage of the FA Cup, as 736 teams have been whittled down to the final four. These two pairs will cross paths in two Wembley showdowns this weekend, with Manchester City and Brighton & Hove Albion set to clash on Saturday to kick off the drama.

    On Sunday, Watford and Wolverhampton Wanderers will cross swords at the nation’s capital, as each of those two Premier League sides look to clinch a rare piece of major silverware.

    Here’s how we rank the quartet of teams still standing in the oldest football tournament in the world.

  • Sergio Aguero, Man City

    Manchester City

    City appear to be overwhelming favourites for the title, particularly considering the other Premier League heavyweights have all fallen by the wayside.

    Manchester United had surely fancied their chances of a cup success, but their shock defeat by Wolves in the quarter-final has left the door open to Pep Guardiola’s side.

    They remain in the hunt for an unprecedented quadruple, and considering how the field has opened, City ought to be considered overwhelming favourites to add the FA Cup to their League Cup success.

    However, the Sky Blues are fighting on multiple fronts, and might their semi-final opponents Brighton be able to expose this?

  • Raul Jimenez Wolves Manchester United FA Cup 2019

    Wolves

    After City, we’re tipping Wolves as second favourites to win the 138th edition of the competition.

    The Black Country side have already eliminated Liverpool and Manchester United, and are favourites to edge out Watford in Sunday’s second semi.

    However, despite Wolves’ magnificent return to the Premier League this term, their form has dipped recently, and they’ve won just two of their last six, losing against Huddersfield Town and, this weekend, Burnley.

    Nuno Espirito Santo still has a talented squad at his disposal, and they’ll fancy their chances of going all the way.

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  • Isaac Success - Watford

    Watford

    Watford are also struggling for consistency, having lost three of their last four Premier League games.

    However, they’ve already proved their mettle in the FA Cup, notably eliminating Newcastle United away from home after second-half goals from Andre Gray and Isaac Success.

    They’ve previously reached six semi-finals, but have fallen at this stage on five previous occasions.

    While Troy Deeney, for one, clearly relishes the FA Cup, Watford have one just one of their seven previous FA Cup encounters against Wolves.

    Can they turn the tide on Sunday?

  • Shane Duffy Brighton 2018-19

    Brighton

    While there isn’t too much in it, we’re tipping Brighton as outsiders for the FA Cup crown.

    They’re in decent recent form, with Chris Hughton dragging the Seagulls away from the drop, but last weekend’s 1-0 defeat by Southampton at home served a reminder of their limitations.

    They’re five points clear of relegation, with a game in hand, and have just about enough breathing space to focus on winning a first ever FA Cup.

    They’ve only once before faced City in the FA Cup, defeating them in the fourth round in 1983 en route to their only final appearance. Will history repeat itself this weekend?