The FA Cup semi-final draw paired Premier League title rivals Manchester City and Liverpool against each other in a mammoth last-four tie.
The other semi-final tie will feature last season’s beaten finalists Chelsea and this term’s surprise package Crystal Palace in an all-London fixture.
Both games are scheduled to take place on the weekend of April 16 and 17 at Wembley Stadium.
However, growing complaints from both Man City and Liverpool supporters about having to travel to London over the Easter weekend could force readjustments (via Sky Sports).
Chelsea vs Crystal Palace
Chelsea are set to take on Palace, seeking a third successive appearance in the FA Cup showpiece. Football Today has Chelsea marked as the favourites to win the FA Cup outright although a lot of that prediction has to do with the close title race the two teams playing the other semi-final are involved in.
Thomas Tuchel’s team breezed past Championship outfit Middlesbrough 2-0 in the quarter-finals, marking their first clean sheet in four FA Cup outings this term.
However, it is worth noting that this will be Chelsea’s first encounter against fellow top-flight opponents in this season’s FA Cup.
Meanwhile, Palace left a few lower-league sides in their wake before claiming a crashing 4-0 victory over Everton in the quarter-finals.
Patrick Vieira’s men will have an added motive to outplay the Stamford Bridge outfit, having lost both Premier League meetings this season without scoring.
The Eagles have now suffered nine consecutive league defeats to Chelsea since a 2-1 home victory in October 2017, with this being their first FA Cup showdown in the 21st century.
Manchester City vs Liverpool
Man City and Liverpool go head-to-head in second FA Cup semi-final. Despite the game being broadcast on TV, demand for live soccer streams for this game is likely to be high given the global popularity of both teams.
The two sides are going toe-to-toe in an enthralling Premier League title run-in, with just a single point separating them heading into the business end of the season.
That is likely to spice up this mouth-watering tie as Pep Guardiola seeks his second FA Cup trophy following an overwhelming 6-0 triumph over Watford in the 2018/19 grand final.
Man City’s landslide 4-1 quarter-final win over Southampton served as a confidence boost in the Etihad camp following a brace of goalless draws with Palace and Sporting Lisbon.
But reaching Wembley will require the Cityzens to overcome in-form Liverpool, who are going after their first FA Cup success since 2005/06.
Jurgen Klopp’s men are flying high in the Premier League, where they have won their last nine matches on the trot, while they have found their FA Cup campaign a stroll so far.
Diogo Jota’s late winner fired the Reds past a spirited Nottingham Forest side in the previous knock-out round, setting up their first FA Cup match against City since 2003.