Manchester City and Liverpool could meet in a blockbuster FA Cup semi-final, while Chelsea will play Crystal Palace in the other Wembley tie
- Manchester City to play either Liverpool or Nottingham Forest in semifinal
- Liverpool and Forest face each other on Sunday in last FA Cup quarterfinal
- Crystal Palace will face Chelsea at Wembley for a spot in the final
- FA Cup semifinals to be played on April 16 and April 17
Manchester City will face either Liverpool or Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup semifinal next month, with Chelsea taking on Crystal Palace in a London derby in the other semifinal.
City reached the FA Cup semifinal for the fifth time in six seasons under Pep Guardiola with a comfortable 4-1 win away at Southampton on Sunday afternoon, while Liverpool take on Forest at the City Ground in the last quarterfinal later today.
The draw means one between City’s dream of winning the Treble and Liverpool’s quest for an unprecedented quadruple will end next month.
Manchester City beat Southampton 4-1 on Sunday to reach the FA Cup semifinal
Jurgen Klopp’s men have already lifted a trophy at Wembley this season, beating Chelsea on penalties to win the Carabao Cup last month. The Reds, however, haven’t reached the semifinals of the FA Cup since they lost 2-1 to Aston Villa in 2015.
Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez were on target as City overcame an obstinate Southampton side 4-1 at St. Mary’s on Sunday.
The Premier League leaders have fallen at the penultimate stage of the competition twice in the last two seasons and De Bruyne insisted City wanted to go one better this year.
Manchester City cruised to victory against Southampton in their FA Cup quarterfinal
‘We want to win every competition we enter,’ he told BBC Sport after the game.
‘We’ve been in the semifinals a couple of times but we’ve lost them. We’re very happy to be in another semi-final and hopefully we’ll win this one.’
Chelsea, meanwhile, remained on course to lift the trophy for the second consecutive season after beating Middlesbrough 2-0 on Friday night.
The Blues will face Palace, who dismantled Everton 4-0 at Selhurst Park on Sunday courtesy of goals from Marc Guehi, Jean-Philippe Mateta, Wilfried Zaha and Will Hughes.
Romelu Lukaku opened the scoring as Chelsea beat Middlesbrough 2-0 in the FA Cup
Wilfried Zaha Palace’s third as they demolished Everton 4-0 on Sunday afternoon
Palace, who have never won the FA Cup, are one win away from returning to the FA Cup final for the first time since they lost 2-1 to Manchester United in 2016.
‘Going to Wembley is fantastic,’ Vieira told ITV after the game. ‘You can hear the atmosphere in the stadium, the fans; this is what they wanted and we wanted to give it to them.
‘They’ve been fantastic in getting behind the team. It is just a step forward; there is a long way to go. This is an exciting period for us, we will enjoy it and we will enjoy today.’
The ties will be played on April 16 and April 17, meaning City and Liverpool could face each other on consecutive weekends as they meet at the Etihad in a crucial Premier League clash on April 10.