There’s action in both league and cup this weekend with Premier League fixtures rubbing shoulders with the two FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley.
Friday night action sees David Moyes’ West Ham looking to give themselves a little bit of breathing room in the relegation battle when they host Watford.
The first of the FA Cup Semi-Finals is a repeat of an encounter from three years ago as Arsenal, who have won the trophy a record 12-times look to repeat that victory over a rampant Manchester City.
Sunday sees Leicester look to capitalise on the fact that their rivals for a Champions League spot are otherwise engaged at Wembley to bolster their top-four chances against a Spurs side who are finally starting to grind-out results under Jose Mourinho.
The weekend’s main course features arguably the two most entertaining sides in England go head-to-head in a repeat of the 2018 FA Cup final as Frank Lampard’s Chelsea look to halt Manchester United’s impressive run since football restarted last month.
West Ham United v Watford
Decent wins last weekend have bolstered the survival hopes of both these two sides who go into this one sitting just above the relegation zone.
Brighton’s draw against Southampton on Thursday leaves them on to 37 points and both these sides will join them in a position of relative safety with a win here and leave the loser looking over their shoulder at Bournemouth and Villa just three points behind.
Saying that, this game could be a lot cagier than the situation might suggest – while a draw suits neither side, with every point vital at this stage, it suits the sides chasing them even less.
Arsenal v Manchester City
When these two sides met at Wembley in 2017, Nacho Monreal snatched an equaliser as the Gunners progressed to face Chelsea in the final.
But unlike three years ago, The Gunners are some 22 points behind City in the Premier League having scored 40 fewer goals – a statistic which only illustrates the huge difference in quality between the two right now.
City are in blistering form but are not immune from slip-ups themselves as recent defeats to Chelsea and Southampton have shown while Arsenal can take heart from their midweek win over the new champions Liverpool.
Tottenham Hotspur v Leicester City
Realistically both sides could be fighting for a Europa League spot here which would be a disappointment for Leicester when they’ve been in the Champions League spots for most of the season.
Of the three sides fighting over the two remaining places, the Foxes look the most vulnerable, but with their rivals facing off in the Cup semi-final that follows this game, they have a chance to retake third for a few days at least.
Spurs’ European hopes seemed to have disappeared after defeat to Sheffield United but they’ve since steadied the ship somewhat and have been getting the kind of unspectacularly positive results that Jose Mourinho appears to specialise in.
Manchester United v Chelsea
A couple of surprise defeats to West Ham and Sheffield United shows a level of fragility in Frank’s men of late while, by contrast, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United side couldn’t be more confident.
With the exception of a last-minute hiccup against Southampton in midweek, they’ve had things more or less their own way since January and now stand on the verge of Champions League qualification and is still in the Europa League as well as this competition.
However, the last time United and Chelsea met at Wembley in the 2018 FA Cup final it was the Blues who came out victorious and the Blues’ recent love affair with this trophy will ensure that anything can happen between two sides who have been the entertainers of English football this season.
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