FA Cup Semi-Final:
Man City v Sheffield United
Wembley Stadium hosts the first of two FA Cup semi-finals this weekend. The second Brighton and Hove Albion v Manchester United on Sunday.
Manchester City come into the game on strong form. They defeated German champions Bayern Munich by an aggregate score of 4-1 in impressive manor in the Champions League.
Pep Guardiola’s team are not only progressing in the Champions League but are also closing the gap on league leaders, Arsenal.
Man City will want to emulate their neighbour’s success of 1999 by winning what is considered the ‘true’ treble – (FA Cup, Premier League & Champions League).
With no loss in their last 15, City are definitely in the perfect form for achieving such a feat.
However, it’s not all plain sailing for Guardiola’s team. Rivals of the Manchester club may point out the fact that their record at Wembley Stadium isn’t that impressive.
They have been on the receiving end of 4 defeats in their last 5 visits to the national stadium.
History is not on City’s side either. The blues are winless in their 6 FA Cup matches against the Blades. Albeit, a record that stretches back to 1906. Their only FA Cup meeting in recent memory is a 2-1 Sheffield win in 2008.
Manchester City may be a tad distracted when it comes to Saturday’s match. The small matter of the possible title-deciding clash against Arsenal on Wednesday looming over them, it will be interesting to see what Guardiola does with him team selection.