Time-honoured customs never fade away, FA Cup 2020-2021 season arrives into the fourth round while its lustrous cousin Premier League is halfway through. Landing straight into the third round, as usual, few high-profile clubs are up for a test this weekend while others can relax.
A cutthroat knockout drama, the Emirates FA Cup features around 700 clubs from different levels of England’s football. Clubs get their byes in a series of weeks on a hierarchical basis. Yester year’s Cup was procured by the Gunners, they and the Blues routed the Manchester Rivals in the semi-finals. However, the state of the defending champions and the runners up is miserable this year.
In the past decade, the Greater London teams have enjoyed unparalleled hegemony over the Football Association Cup. But the gates of Wembley Stadium are wide open for a new dominus this season. Thriving Foxes and Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton will have their shot. Jose Mourinho has led the Spurs into the Carabao Cup finale, he will have a similar plan for the FA Cup. The Manchester Rivals are gleaming while the Reds are looking for a nook in their climb.
How to Live Stream 2020-21 Emirates FA Cup?
DAZN app and online platform cover most of the European audience and entire Brazil while regional TV channels entertain the left-out countries.
Various giants like Sony, PPTV, DAZN, and beIN Sport deliver the action to Asian viewers along with other channels and platforms.
ESPN network and ESPN+ platform are the broadcasting friends for the football fans from Australia, USA, Latin America and the Caribbean Islands. SABC, Azam Media, Supersport and Startimes broadcast the Emirates FA Cup in different regions of the African continent.
A remark about trophies has put Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in a precarious position. A tactical masterclass will be held on Saturday as Thomas Tuchel meet Pep Guardiola, each side will strive to prove themselves in both defence and offence. The Foxes are meeting the non-violent Saints, a comfortable fixture for them than the previous round. Wembley Stadium will be the deciding ground for most of the unsorted issues in the FA Cup. A crowd of 4000 will be allowed for the first time since the commencement of lockdown last year.
Chelsea vs Manchester City
English action will resume following the Champions League, as Chelsea host Manchester City at Wembley Stadium, on Saturday. City haven’t faced Chelsea since the arrival of Thomas Tuchel, with a reverse Premier League fixture on hold, Guardiola’s men embrace the challenge. The Blues and the Citizens each play as one when they are on the field, seldom is their plan disturbed by external factors. Athletes of high quality, discipline and motivation can only survive under Tuchel or Guardiola. That, the players abide by without any questions. While Chelsea has Mason Mount, City has Phil Foden. For Kante there is Ilkay Gundogan, for Kevin de Bruyne there is Jorginho, skill for skill, energy for energy, both sides have it all. But the ultimate winner will be the side that exploits all their resources well while remaining calm. Nothing’s written in stone and any side can win. There is also a possibility for a draw. If it comes to a shootout, City has the experience to avoid mistakes and the Blues.
Leicester vs Southampton
Losing two back-to-back games, Leicester face Southampton at the Wembley Stadium in the FA Cup semi-finals. The Foxes are 20-points clear of Southampton in the Premier League table, they have scored 55 goals this season. Sunday defeat against West Ham was largely due to the carelessness of James Maddison, Ayoze Perez and Hamza Choudhury, all of whom missed the game due to a Covid-19 protocol breach. This will prove fatal to their top-four dream. But Brendan Rodgers’ men will pull themselves together on Sunday. Jamie Vardy and Kelechi Iheanacho are ought to find the net. Knee injuries will keep Harvey Barnes and James Justin off the field. Having one of the passionate coaches by their side, Southampton let go of their grip halfway into the season. With the scoring potential of Danny Ings, Che Adams and James Ward-Prowse, the Saints could have stayed in the middle of the table. There are no new additions to the injury list in Southampton. Southampton have eliminated Arsenal, Wolves and Bournemouth on their way to the semi-finals, Ralph Hasenhuttl can persuade the Saints to win this one too, all of them were clean-sheet victories. However, a disciplined approach from the Foxes can take them into the finals.