FA Cup semi-finals: Man City-Liverpool and Chelsea-Crystal Palace at Wembley

The FA Cup final falls on the penultimate weekend of the Premier League season on May 14
Appointment: Saturday and Sunday April 16-17 Place: Wembley Stadium
Cover: Man City v Liverpool live on BBC One at 3.30pm BST on Saturday; Commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live; text updates on the BBC Sport website and app. Commentary on Chelsea v Crystal Palace 4.30pm BST Sunday on BBC Radio 5 Live; text updates on the BBC Sport website and app.

It’s the FA Cup semi-final weekend at Wembley with two Premier League matches including Manchester City v Liverpool – a game you can watch live on BBC One.

The Premier League’s top two sides meet for the second time in six days on Saturday (3.30pm BST) after playing a absorb the 2-2 draw at the Etihad Stadium in the league last Sunday.

The other semi-final is a 100% London affair between Chelsea and Crystal Palace on Sunday (4:30 p.m.).

Eight-time winners Chelsea bid to reach showpiece final for third straight season after finishing runners-up Arsenal in 2020 and Leicester City in 2021.

Palace are looking to reach the final for the first time since 2016, while Liverpool have appeared in three Champions League finals since last winning the FA Cup 16 years ago in 2006.

Pep Guardiola’s city won the FA Cup as recently as 2019.

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Both semi-finals will be decided on the same day and teams can name nine substitutes and use five to try to progress to the final at Wembley on May 14.

100 free buses for 5,000 fans

The decision to keep the semi-final between City and Liverpool at Wembley has been criticized, given that no direct trains are running from either city to London this weekend.

Additionally, Transport for London (TfL) said urgent security checks made on trains running on the Metropolitan Line section of the Underground will coincide with the FA Cup semi-final weekend.

Reds captain Jordan Henderson said so “would have made sense” to move the tie away from Wembley, and fans of the clubs and mayors of the respective towns had demanded a change of venue.

But the game will take place at the National Stadium, with the Football Association providing 100 free buses for fans attending the game.

The free return bus journeys “will ensure that up to 5,000 Liverpool and Manchester City supporters can travel to Wembley Stadium free of charge”, according to a statement from the Football Association.

Liverpool and Manchester City each received 34,000 tickets for the game.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp this month described the Football Association’s planning for the FA Cup semi-finals as “one of the most ridiculous stories I have ever heard”.

Klopp added: “It makes absolutely no sense.

“I’m not sure what the FA was thinking – no clubs from the North West will make the semi-finals?”

Both FA Cup semi-finals have been played at Wembley since 2008 – prior to that semi-finals were mainly played at neutral club stadiums.

Another City-Liverpool Wembley shootout?

Having drawn 2-2 in their previous two meetings, Manchester City and Liverpool meet for the third time this season with their hopes of winning the treble and – in Liverpool’s case – a historic quadruple on the line.

City are one point clear of the Reds in the Premier League with seven games remaining and both sides have reached the Champions League semi-finals.

Liverpool have already tasted victory at Wembley this season, winning a penalty shootout to secure the Carabao Cup against Chelsea.

The teams have already met twice at Wembley – the 2016 League Cup Final and 2019 Community Shield – both games ending in a 1-1 draw and City winning on penalties.

Did you know? City are in their fifth FA Cup semi-final in the last six years.

Will Underdogs Palace produce another big result?

After seeing their reign as European champions completed mid-week Chelsea will be desperate to end the season on a high by lifting a major domestic trophy.

Thomas Tuchel’s team won the FIFA Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup but they lost the Carabao Cup final to Liverpool and trail City by 12 points in the league.

They will start as favorites against Palace, the only of the remaining teams to have never won the FA Cup.

But Palace, under Patrick Vieira, have shown this season that they are capable of great results, taking four points from two games against City and beating both Tottenham and Arsenal.

Vieira was last involved in an FA semi-final in 2010-11, when he came on as a late substitute for City in a 1-0 win over Manchester United at Wembley.

As a player, he faced Chelsea five times in the competition without losing.

Did you know? Chelsea have lost their last two FA Cup derbies in London, both to Arsenal, in the 2017 and 2020 finals.

Coverage of the FA Cup semi-final on the BBC

BBC One’s live coverage of Saturday’s game between City and Liverpool begins at 3.00pm, with kick-off at 3.30pm.

Earlier today, City Women kicked off against West Ham in the Women’s FA Cup semi-final at Dagenham & Redbridge at 12.15pm – which is also live on BBC One.

Gary Lineker will present the Wembley cover and will be joined by Micah Richards, FA Cup winner with Manchester City in 2011, and former England captain Alan Shearer.

BBC Radio 5 Live will have full commentary on both semi-finals. Former Scotland winger Pat Nevin will join John Murray for City-Liverpool and Murray will be joined by Crystal Palace striker Clinton Morrison for Chelsea-Palace.

There is an FA Cup highlights broadcast on BBC One at 11.05pm on Sunday (11.50pm on BBC One Scotland & Scotland HD).

The BBC Sport website will feature text updates as well as highlights from both semi-finals.

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