Having safely booked our place in the last four of the Champions League, attention now turns to an Emirates FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City. Our preview begins with the noteworthy facts and figures...
The Blues are playing our 24th game at the new Wembley Stadium when it has been classed as a neutral venue (this doesn’t include games against Tottenham when we were the away team).
Prior to the weekend, these are the totals for the teams who have played at Wembley the most.
To these totals can be added four women’s games for both Chelsea and Man City, and two for Arsenal.
We have reached the FA Cup semi-final for the 11th time in 20 seasons, more than any other club in that period.
Chelsea are seeking to reach the FA Cup final for the fourth time in the last five seasons, and the 15th overall. Only Arsenal (21) and Man Utd (20) have reached the final more often than the Blues.
The Blues have won eight of our previous nine FA Cup semi-finals played at Wembley, against Kerry Dixon’s Luton Town in 1994, Newcastle in 2000, Arsenal in 2009, Aston Villa in 2010, Tottenham twice, in 2012 and 2017, Southampton in 2018, and Man Utd last year. Our only defeat came in 2013 against Manchester City.
Of the four semi-finalists, only Southampton with none have conceded fewer goals in the competition than Chelsea (one).
Chelsea’s season in the FA Cup
R3 Morecambe (h) W 4-0
R4 Luton Town (h) W 3-1
R5 Barnsley (a) W 1-0
QF Sheffield United (h) W 2-0
No player has scored more goals in this season’s FA Cup (excluding qualifiers) than Tammy Abraham (four).
FA Cup scorers:
Abraham 4, Havertz 1, Hudson-Odoi 1, Mount 1, Werner 1, Ziyech 1, own goal 1
Our FA Cup quarter-final line-up
Sunday 21 March
Chelsea 2 Sheffield United 0
Team (3-4-2-1): Arrizabalaga; Christensen (Azpilicueta 63), Zouma, Emerson; Hudson-Odoi (Havertz 72), Gilmour (Ziyech 72), Kovacic, Chilwell; Mount (c), Pulisic (Kante 82); Giroud (James 63)
Scorers: Own goal 24, Ziyech 90+2
If selected, Cesar Azpilicueta will make his 420th appearance and will draw level with Kerry Dixon as our equal ninth all-time appearance maker.
Chelsea vs Man City head to head
This will be our fifth meeting at Wembley in all competitions. Our only success was the 5-4 Full Members’ Cup win in 1986.
Man City have won six of our past nine meetings in all competitions, including this season’s Premier League game at the Bridge in January.
Our last meeting at Wembley
Chelsea 0 Manchester City 0
Carabao Cup final, 24.02.19, 4.30pm
Manchester City won 4-3 on penalties after extra time
Chelsea (4-3-3) Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta (c), Rudiger, David Luiz, Emerson; Kante, Jorginho, Barkley (Loftus-Cheek 89); Pedro (Hudson-Odoi 79), Hazard, Willian (Higuain 95)
Unused subs Caballero, Christensen, Kovacic, Giroud
Booked David Luiz 30, Rudiger 72, Jorginho 88
Head coach Maurizio Sarri
Manchester City (4-3-3) Ederson; Walker, Otamendi, Laporte (Kompany h/t), Zinchenko; De Bruyne (Sane 86), Fernandinho (Danilo f/t), D Silva (c) (Gundogan 79); B Silva, Aguero, Sterling
Unused subs Muric, Mahrez, Foden
Booked Fernandinho 57, Otamendi 90+1
Manager Pep Guardiola
Jorginho (saved, 0-0), Gundogan (0-1), Azpilicueta (1-1), Aguero (1-2), Emerson (2-2), Sane (saved, 2-2), David Luiz (hit post, 2-2), B Silva (2-3), Hazard (3-3), Sterling (3-4)
Referee Jon Moss
Man City stats
Best seasons in the FA Cup
Winners: 1904, 1934, 1956, 1969, 2011, 2019
Runners-up: 1926, 1933, 1955, 1981, 2013
Semi-finalists: 1924, 1932, 2017, 2020
This season’s FA Cup stats
Most appearances: Foden 4, Jesus 4, Mahrez 4, Steffen 4,
Top scorers: Foden 2, Jesus 2, B Silva 2
Clean sheets: Steffen 2
City have reached the last four of the FA Cup for a third successive season. They have won nine of their past 11 semi-finals in the competition, with their two defeats in that time both coming against Arsenal, in 2017 and 2020.
Pep Guardiola’s side have won their last 17 games they have played away from the Etihad in a run stretching back before Christmas. Jude Bellingham’s strike for Dortmund on Wednesday is the only goal City have conceded in the last seven of those matches.
Since May 2013, City have lost seven FA Cup matches, three of which were at the hands of Wigan. The other four defeats were to Arsenal twice, Middlesbrough and Chelsea.
City have only conceded two goals in this season’s FA Cup.
Kevin de Bruyne has been involved in nine goals in his past eight FA Cup appearances, scoring four and assisting five.
Manchester City’s road to the semi-final
R3 Birmingham (h) W 3-0
R4 Cheltenham (a) W 3-1
R5 Swansea (a) W 3-1
QF Everton (a) W 2-0
FA Cup scorers:
Foden 2, Jesus 2, B Silva 2, De Bruyne 1, Gundogan 1, Sterling 1, Torres 1, Walker 1
Quarter-final line up
Saturday 20 March
Everton 0 Manchester City 2
Team 4-3-3: Steffen; Walker, Dias, Laporte, Zinchenko; B Silva (Mahrez 64), Fernandinho, Gundogan (Rodrigo 90); Foden, Jesus, Sterling (De Bruyne 80)
Scorers: Gundogan 84, De Bruyne 90
Pep Guardiola’s side have won 15 of their past 16 FA Cup matches, losing only to Arsenal in last season’s semi-final. They have scored 48 goals in that run, conceding eight.
Sergio Aguero has scored six goals in his 10 appearances at Wembley for Manchester City, more than any other City player has netted at the ground.
Kevin De Bruyne has been involved in nine goals in his last eight FA Cup matches, scoring four and assisting five.
Pep Guardiola’s record v Chelsea
There are no suspensions.
Yellow cards only count in the competition they are received. In the FA Cup, two yellow cards will result in a one-match suspension. The cut-off point is the quarter-finals, so no player can miss the final through cumulative yellows.
FA Cup bookings list:
Man City: Fernandinho 1, Laporte 1, Walker 1
Referee and VAR
VAR: Peter Bankes