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FA Cup semifinal draw: Manchester City to face either United or Chelsea

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Manchester City v Barnsley - FA Cup Sixth Round

Manchester City will face either United or Chelsea in the semifinal of FA Cup

The draw for the FA Cup Semifinals just concluded at Wembley Stadium.

Mark Pougatch presided over the draw that was decided by former footballers Edgar Davids and Graeme LeSaux.

The ties to be played are as follows:

Millwall or Blackburn Rovers vs Wigan Athletic: 13/04/2013

Manchester United or Chelsea vs Manchester City: 14/04/2013

Fans will no doubt be enamoured by the glamour tie that could see the two Manchester clubs face each other in London or pit the two ultra-rich clubs of the Premier League at Wembley Stadium. But the fixture on the 13th involving one Premier League bottom-feeder and one Championship side is the classic case of the underdog.

Blackburn Rovers upset Arsenal to book their date with Millwall, who disposed of Luton Town 3-0 in the fourth round of the FA Cup and then held Rovers to a goalless draw to give them a fighting chance of progressing to Wembley when the Championship duo lock horns in Lancashire three days from now.

Wigan beat Everton at Goodison Park 3-0 to lift some of the gloom that has been present over Roberto Martinez’s men courtesy their woeful Premier League campaign and gives the Greater Manchester side something to cheer for.

Manchester City dismantled a beleaguered Barnsley side 5-0 at the Etihad Stadium late last night and they will face either Manchester United in what is certainly going to be an explosive affair or current European Champions Chelsea to set up a repeat of this season’s Community Shield which the Citizens won 3-2.


West London side Chelsea beat Championship outfit Middlesbrough 2-0 at the Riverside Stadium and 19-time Premier League winners Manchester United overcame a determined Reading side 2-1 at home in the fourth round.

Chelsea just finished their game with the Red Devils at Old Trafford, coming from behind to draw 2-2. Javier Hernandez and Wayne Rooney gave the hosts a 2-0 lead inside the first fifteen minutes before Chelsea mounted a second-half comeback with Ramires and Eden Hazard finding the back of the net for the Londoners.

The replay date for the game has not been confirmed at the time of writing.

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