FA CUP Semi Final: Manchester United vs Chelsea preview, team news, stat line up

Man Utd vs Chelsea

 

Manchester United and Chelsea are both fighting for a place in the Premier League’s top four, but this weekend their attention turns elsewhere.
On Sunday, Man Utd and Chelsea face of for the fourth time this season and this time there’s a spot in the FA Cup final on the line. Both sides were last in the final in 2018, when Antonio Conte’s Chelsea beat Jose Mourinho‘s Man Utd 1-0 thanks to an Eden Hazard penalty, and both will be hoping for a return to Wembley.

Manchester United have already beaten Chelsea three times this season and have not lost a game in all competitions since the restart. The Red Devils have been in sublime form in front of goal this season and should record another victory to book a place in the final.

Chelsea will hope for revenge, but that remains unlikely to be the case as their backline has continued to leak goals this season. Expect United to edge out the Blues in a closely contested game.

Team News

Left-backs Luke Shaw (ankle) and Brandon Williams (head) are doubts for Manchester United. Neither featured in Thursday’s Premier League win at Crystal Palace, where Timothy Fosu-Mensah made a first appearance since May 2017. Axel Tuanzebe and Phil Jones remain out.

N’Golo Kante will miss out for Chelsea after failing to beat a hamstring injury and will not be ready to take on United. Billy Gilmour remains sidelined after knee surgery.

 

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  • Chelsea have won 12 of their last 15 FA Cup semi-final matches, losing against Man Utd in 1996, Liverpool in 2006 and Man City in 2013 in that run.
  • Manchester United have progressed from 15 of their last 17 FA Cup semi-final ties, losing on penalties against Everton in 2009, and losing 0-1 against Man City in 2011.
  • Manchester United are playing in their 30th FA Cup semi-final – no side has ever played in more. They have reached the final on 20 occasions, which is also a joint record (level with Arsenal for both).
  • This is the fourth season in a row Chelsea and Man Utd have met in the FA Cup, with Chelsea winning in the quarter-final in 2016-17 and the final in 2017-18, and Manchester United in the fifth round last season.
  • Chelsea have won four of their last five FA Cup ties against Manchester United, losing the most recent encounter last season.
  • Manchester United have already beaten Chelsea three times this season (2x league, 1x League Cup). Only once has a team won four games against the Blues in a single season, with Man Utd doing so in 2010-11.
  • This will be the ninth meeting between Chelsea and Manchester United at Wembley Stadium (old and new), making it the most played club fixture at the ground in history. Both sides have triumphed four times apiece in the previous matches, including three times via penalties (1 for Chelsea, 2 for Man Utd).
  • When playing at the ground as a neutral venue, Man Utd have won seven of their last eight matches at Wembley Stadium, though they did lose their last such visit 0-1 v Chelsea in the 2018 FA Cup final.
  • Chelsea’s Ross Barkley has scored (3) or assisted (1) a goal in all four of his FA Cup appearances for the Blues this season.
  • Odion Ighalo is Manchester United’s top scorer in the FA Cup this season (3). The Nigerian has scored four goals in his last five starts in the competition.

Manchester United form guide: W-W-W-W-D-W

Chelsea form guide: W-L-W-W-L-W

Manchester United v Chelsea Predicted XIs

Manchester United Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): David De Gea; Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof, Brandon Williams; Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba; Marcus Rashford, Bruno Fernandes, Daniel James; Odion Ighalo

Chelsea Predicted XI (4-3-3): Willy Caballero, Reece James, Kurt Zouma, Antonio Rudiger, Emerson, Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, Ross Barkley, Pedro, Tammy Abraham, Willian

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