2019/20 FA Cup semi-final preview

FA Cup 2019/2020: Norwich vs Manchester United – tactical analysis tactics

With the conclusion of the 2019/20 Premier League season finally around the corner, fans will be treated to a plethora of different football competitions in the summer months ahead of the following campaign.

One such tournament fans of the English game can get involved with is the FA Cup, as the semi-finals and the final still need to take place.

Arsenal will play against Manchester City in the first tie which will be played on 18 July, whilst Chelsea and Manchester United will compete against each other in the second fixture on 19 July for a place in the final.

All matches will be played at Wembley Stadium, with the possibility of extra-time and penalties being very real as the last four games need to be decided on the day.

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Arguably, with four of England’s biggest clubs in the competition still remaining, there is plenty for fans to whet their appetite with.

So how did the four teams get to this stage of the competition and what are their chances of lifting the world’s oldest knockout club tournament’s trophy on 19 July?


The Gunners have had a relatively straightforward route in the tournament so far, having dispatched the likes of Leeds United, AFC Bournemouth, Portsmouth and Sheffield United in previous rounds of the competition. Therefore, it would appear Manchester City will be their toughest test to date, with Mikel Arteta set to go against Pep Guardiola once again.

Manchester City

The Citizens have also had a relatively straightforward route to the last four as well, with the likes of Port Vale, Fulham, Sheffield Wednesday and Newcastle United proving to be no match for their stars.

Interestingly, previous Premier League meetings between the two sides in the 2019/20 campaign went in Guardiola’s favour, with his side coming out on top 3-0 each time.

Whether that is a sign of what is to come is debatable, although one would be wise not to look too far beyond it.


The Blues have managed to reach the semi-finals of the competition in Frank Lampard’s first year as manager at the club where he became a legendary figure as a player. His side saw off the challenges of Nottingham Forest, Hull City, Liverpool and Leicester City to reach this stage of the competition.

Manchester United

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side continue to remain in good form since the restart of the Premier League and will look to retain that as they head into the FA Cup. The Red Devils required a replay against Wolverhampton Wanderers, destroyed Tranmere Rovers 6-0, beat Wayne Rooney’s Derby County and booked their place after extra-time in the last four against Norwich City.

Whilst their route required a little more work than Chelsea, arguably, had to do, Manchester United have a solid record against Lampard’s men this season; having won 4-0 and 0-2, whilst also recording a 1-2 victory at Stamford Bridge in the Carabao Cup’s Round of 16.