The first FA Cup semifinal features the imperial juggernaut Manchester City versus a Championship side in Sheffield United, so this is very easy to size up, right?
Not so fast, actually. City, despite their reaching the UEFA Champions League semifinals, and their pushing for yet another Premier League title, are not a given to go automatically go through to the final.
Manchester City vs Sheffield United FYIs
Kickoff: Sat. Apr. 22, 2023, 4:45pm, Wembley Stadium, London, UK
Competition: FA Cup Semifinals
Team News for Both Sides: go here
Stat Pack: Man City have reached the FA Cup semifinals in five straight seasons, and six of the last seven
Fun Fact: a win here gives Sheffield their first FA Cup final appearance since 1936!
Transatlantic Passage: How the Premier League Redefined Soccer in America: LINK
City has already lost to Southampton (a soon to be championship side) in one competition this season, and they have all lost four of the FA Cup ties to Sheffield. Although that comes with a caveat, as the last time that happened was 2007-08, prior to the current ownership entity assuming control of the club. So without further ado, let’s pick that potential team!
Man City FA Cup Semifinal Starting XI Prediction vs Sheffield United
Ederson; Akanji, Dias, Ake; Stones, Rodri; Silva, De Bruyne, Alvarez, Grealish; Haaland
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