Chelsea take on the visitors Southampton at “Wembley Stadium” in the semi-final clash of the FA Cup. The match will be played in London on Sunday, April 22nd.
Having won the champion’s title of the English Premier League last season, in this one Chelsea are most likely to stay below the top-four which means that they will not appear in the next season’s UEFA Champions League. Thus, the last chance for Antonio Conte’s side to save this season is to succeed in the FA Cup where it has already promoted to the semi-finals. On their pace to the current stage of the tournament “The Pensioners” have passed over Norwich 0:0, 2:1, Newcastle Utd 3:0, Hull City 4:0 and Leicester City 2:1. The Londoners recorded 11 goals for and just two goals against during their run within the FA Cup. If at the start of the season the club considered the FA Cup to be not more than a nice bonus, now it looks like a good opportunity to get the trophy.
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In their turn, Southampton are likely to leave the English Premier League in this season which makes their road within the FA Cup more unexpectedly. “The Saints” have knocked out Fulham 1:0, Watford 1:0, West Bromwich 2:1 and Wigan 2:0 on their pace to London. Southampton have scored six goals with only one conceded instead in four cup battles. In other words, the team’s rock-solid defense has played a decisive role in its successful performance in this season’s FA Cup.
The upcoming rivals met just a week ago within the Premier League when Mark Hughes’ side failed with 3:2 scoreline, having lost its two-goal handicap at the very end of the fight. It should be mentioned that “The Pensioners” have earned five triumphs in a row over “The Saints”. Both clubs have failed this season, however, in any way there must be a winner in the clash of two losers and the Londoners have better chances to succeed in it.
Prediction for the match: Chelsea to win.