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First up on Saturday, Merseyside duo Liverpool and Everton compete for a place in the final, while Sunday sees London rivals Tottenham and Chelsea go head to head. The fact that both matches take place at Wembley adds something extra special to the weekend’s action.
Looking at Saturday’s contest to begin with, there is no doubt that there is more than a place in the FA Cup final at stake. When Liverpool and Everton meet, they are also playing for local pride and bragging rights at work, school or down the pub.
Fresh from their 3-2 win over Blackburn Rovers during the week – a victory which was much needed to boost confidence ahead of this weekend – Liverpool are definitely favourites. They tend to suit cup competitions and have already achieved success in the Carling Cup this year.
Everton are higher than Kenny Dalglish’s men in the league though and are in better form than their rivals. David Moyes’ team have won three of their last four games, keeping clean sheets on three occasions in this sequence.
As for Sunday, the 6pm kick-off is a tough one to call as Tottenham and Chelsea look to book their place in the FA Cup final. They have played out two draws in the Premier League this year and this looks set to be another tight encounter.
Referring to Spurs specifically, they are in a poor run of form at the moment that has seen their place in the top four of the Premier League hanging by a thread. Defeat at home to Norwich last time out means they are low in confidence going into this semi-final too.
As for Chelsea, this is the latest match in their busy schedule and they will perhaps have to work hard in order to avoid having one eye on next week’s Champions League semi-final clash with Barcelona.
Overall, both semi-finals are extremely tough to call and they really could go either way. Everton and Chelsea are in better form, but Liverpool and Tottenham are more than capable of turning it on when it counts.
Everton v Liverpool is at 12.30pm on Saturday, while Chelsea v Tottenham is at 6pm on Sunday.
Bring it on!