FA Cup: Manchester City and Liverpool on collision course

A date with destiny

While football has paused briefly for the international break, we are already turning our attention to April and what will be a make-or-break month for the Premier League’s two superpowers – Liverpool and Manchester City.

Both are jockeying for the title, and now they have been pitted against each other in the semi-finals of the FA Cup. Liverpool are eyeing an unprecedented quadruple, while City are still in contention for the treble.

Arguably, the FA Cup may not feature too highly on either side’s list of priorities, but a trophy can’t be scoffed at, especially when it is England’s grandest domestic cup competition.

At Freebets, there are so many intriguing storylines connected to this blockbuster semi-final showdown, so we have run the rule over it, and picked out some key tips for you to bear in mind.

Liverpool should be ‘feared’

Liverpool, for large chunks of the campaign, have been resplendent, and they will take some stopping. Against Nottingham Forest, it was a polished display at the City Ground from the Reds, and while the starting line-up was far from the strongest, Jurgen Klopp still showed respect to the competition. Eventually, the difference in class between the two sides showed, and Diogo Jota popped up for his 19th goal in all competitions.

Unsurprisingly, the Anfield outfit monopolised possession, and they play with a relentless tempo that makes it hard for most teams to keep up with them.

April, as mentioned, will be a defining month, but Klopp is under no illusion about the task facing him at Wembley against City, however, he seemed to hint at the idea that his side should be feared.

He said: “The further you go in whichever competition the more likely you will face City at one point.

“I don’t think we are the dream draw for anyone, but it will be a tough tie and we have to make sure it will be tough for City as well.

“But there are a lot of games to play before that.”

Naturally, City might come flying out of the traps, and this will be a fascinating affair. If you fancy, bet365 is offering a tempting price of 9/1 for Liverpool to win from behind.

Phil Foden magic

City are the kind of team that can move seamlessly through the gears, and they can hurt teams. Southampton thought they were in the contest in the quarter-final tie at St Mary’s when Aymeric Laporte turned into his own net to level things up for Saints, but that just proved to be the catalyst that City needed to take the game away from the hosts.

Three goals inside 16 second-half minutes helped City run away with things, and it may have added some much-needed gloss to the scoreline. But City have been prolific in the FA Cup this term, scoring 14 in four ties, and they have scored four on three occasions.

Phil Foden produced a moment of magic with his fierce drive against Saints, and he has the sort of guile and composure needed to be a world-class player. He can light up any game, and he could be among the goals when City face Liverpool. Unibet is serving up odds of 13/5 for City to score Over 2.5 goals, so don’t be surprised if Foden gets on the scoresheet if the Citizens net three times.

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An EFL Cup repeat?

In the other FA Cup semi-final tie, Chelsea will take on Crystal Palace in a London derby. Palace romped to a 4-0 victory at home to Everton, while the Blues dispatched of Manchester United and Tottenham’s conquerors Middlesbrough.

If Liverpool get past City, and Chelsea see off Palace, then we could have a repeat of the EFL Cup final. However, it’s rare for both domestic cup finals to be contested by the same two teams. Anyway, Chelsea are at a short looking 8/15 with bet365 to seal an FA Cup final berth.

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FA Cup semi-final draw in full

Manchester City v Liverpool

Chelsea v Crystal Palace

Ties to be played the weekend of April 16/17