Arsenal's FA Cup semi-final scheduled on same day and time as Chelsea vs Manchester United
The Football Association announced on Thursday that the FA Cup semi-final between Arsenal and Reading is set to be played on April 18. The match will be played parallelly with the high-profile Premier League clash between Manchester United and Chelsea at Stamford Bridge which is set to start around the same time.
The FA scheduled the first semi-final between the Gunners and Steve Clarke’s Reading side at Wembley at 5.20 PM GMT on Saturday, April 18. At 5:30 PM on the same day, Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United side will kickoff in London against current league leaders Chelsea in a Premier League evening kick-off.
The second semi-final of the FA Cup will be held on Sunday, April 19 at 3 pm GMT. The match will feature Aston Villa who will take on the winner of the Blackburn vs Liverpool quarter-final replay.
Arsenal, Reading and Aston Villa have all been allocated 31,500 tickets for the semi-finals with further details expected to be released following the Blackburn-Liverpool match on April 8.
EPL and FA Cup Schedule in IST
Arsenal vs Reading: Saturday, 18 April – 9:50 PM
Chelsea vs Manchester United: Saturday, 18 April – 10:00 PM
Aston Villa vs Liverpool/Blackburn: Sunday, 19 April – 7:30 PM