This weekend sees our Emirates FA Cup semi-finals take centre stage at Wembley Stadium, with Chelsea and Manchester City meeting first on Saturday before it's the turn of Southampton and Leicester City on Sunday evening.
With a place in the Emirates FA Cup Final on Saturday 15 May to play for, take a look at the stats and see if there's anything which you think might swing it one way or the other!
Chelsea v Manchester City
5.30pm, Saturday 17 April 2021
- Chelsea have lost four of their last five FA Cup ties against Manchester City, including a 2-1 loss at this stage in 2013. However, they did win their most recent such encounter by 5-1 in February 2016.
- Manchester City have won six of their last nine meetings with Chelsea in all competitions (D1 L2), beating the Blues 3-1 at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League already this season.
- City have lost none of their three meetings with Chelsea at the new Wembley Stadium, beating them 2-1 in the 2013 FA Cup semi-final, 2-0 in the 2018 Community Shield, and on penalties in the 2019 League Cup final.
- Chelsea are looking to reach the FA Cup Final for a 15th time, with only Arsenal (21) and Manchester United (20) reaching it more often than the Blues. Chelsea have won seven of their last eight semi-final ties, losing only against Man City in 2013 in this run.
- Manchester City have won nine of their last 11 FA Cup semi-final matches, though they have been eliminated at this stage in two of their four previous campaigns under Pep Guardiola (v Arsenal in both 2017 and 2020).
- Chelsea are looking to reach the FA Cup Final for the fourth time in the last five seasons, failing only in 2018-19 in this run. Thomas Tuchel would be the first ever German manager to reach the English FA Cup Final should they win on Saturday.
- City boss Pep Guardiola is unbeaten in all five of his managerial meetings with Chelsea’s Thomas Tuchel (W3 D2), with all of these coming between 2013 and 2016 when the Spaniard was in charge of Bayern Munich.
- Sergio Agüero has scored six goals in his ten appearances at Wembley Stadium for Manchester City. His six goals are more than any other City player has netted at the ground.
- No player has scored more goals in the 2020-21 Emirates FA Cup tournament (excl. qualifiers) than Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham (4).
- City’s Kevin De Bruyne has been involved in nine goals in his last eight Emirates FA Cup matches, scoring four and assisting five.
Leicester City v Southampton
6.30pm, Sunday 18 April 2021
- Southampton have won their last two FA Cup meetings with Leicester, beating them 1-0 in January 2006 and 2-0 in January 2008.
- Leicester beat Southampton by 2-0 in the Premier League earlier this season – they’ve not beaten the Saints twice in the same season since the 2011-12 Championship campaign.
- This is Leicester’s eighth FA Cup semi-final (W4 L3), and first since 1982 when they lost 2-0 to eventual winners Tottenham Hotspur.
- Having won two of their first three FA Cup semi-final ties between 1898 and 1902, Southampton have progressed from just two of their subsequent nine such matches (1976 and 2003).
- Leicester have lost all three of their matches at the new Wembley Stadium, with their last victory at Wembley coming in the 2000 League Cup final against Tranmere (2-1).
- Southampton are yet to concede a goal in this season’s Emirates FA Cup, and they could become the first team to reach the Final of the competition without conceding since Everton did so in 1965-66.
- Since winning the Football League Trophy final in 2010, Southampton have lost each of their last four games at Wembley Stadium, including an Emirates FA Cup semi-final defeat to Chelsea in 2018.
- Jamie Vardy has scored in all three of his appearances at Wembley for Leicester, with the striker responsible for four of the Foxes’ six goals scored at the ground since its reopening.
- Since the start of the 2015-16 season, Leicester’s Kelechi Iheanacho has scored more Emirates FA Cup goals than any other player (13), with the Nigerian scoring on average once every 78 minutes in the competition.
- Southampton’s Nathan Redmond has been involved in seven goals in his last six Emirates FA Cup appearances, scoring five and assisting two.