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FA Cup semi-final preview

It seems that every other week there has been a FA Cup which Chelsea are involved in- but The Blues, along with Manchester City, Wigan and Millwall have reached the semi-finals. We preview the weekend's cup fixtures.

The season is coming to an end and so is England's most prestigious domestic cup, the FA Cup. We have reached the semi-finals meaning only four teams remain in the competition- Millwall, Wigan, Chelsea and Manchester City.

The semi-finals will be played out over the weekend with Millwall playing Wigan on Saturday 13 April, and Chelsea taking on Manchester City at Wembley the following day.

Below, we take a look at the ties and give our predictions on what might happen...

Millwall v Wigan Athletic

On paper, as it's a Premiership club taking on a Championship team, there should be one clear favourite for this clash. However, when taking into account their previous form in the competition, an arguement could be made to why the smart money is on Millwall to progress. Whilst the Latic's have never appeared in a FA Cup final in their entire history, their London opponents reached it as recent as 2004. Premier League strugglers, Wigan, are likely to start with same XI that lined up against Queens Park Rangers last weekend- Arouna Kone playing as the lone striker. The boys from The Den will need to make atleast one change as on-loan forward Jermaine Easter is cup-tied. Fancy Millwall to win this tie 2 - 1.

Chelsea v Manchester City

Many have slated this semi-final contest as the true final- which is quite disrespectful of the other two sides that remain. You can see why people have said that, however- between them Manchester City and Chelsea have won the competition 5 times in the past 6 years. The winner of this clash will be firm favourites to lift the trophy. So who are favourites for this game? Manchester City will be bouyed with confidence after their victory over United on Monday, and Benitez's side could be rather tired after playing in Russia last night. But, saying that the Londoners form and desire in this competition can never be underestimated. Both managers will play their very best sides. It will be thrilling, but we fancy Chelsea for this one.

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