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FA Cup draw in full: Man Utd face Chelsea in semi-final, Arsenal vs Man City in other tie

FA CUP DRAW

  • The semi-finals of the FA Cup are scheduled for the weekend of 18 and 19 July
  • The final is set to take place on August 1
  • Manchester United vs Chelsea
  • Arsenal vs Manchester City

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Well…

As I mentioned, the semi-finals of the FA Cup are scheduled for the weekend of July 18 and 19 with the final to take place on August 1.

The draw…

Ok, blink and you’ll miss it.

Gary Lineker is conducting the draw with Alan Shearer pulling out the balls. No expense spared here.

And the first name out is… MANCHESTER UNITED and they will play CHELSEA.

And the next fixture is ARSENAL vs MANCHESTER CITY or NEWCASTLE. That’s not what Mikel Arteta will have wanted.

We’re ready…

Here we go folks! The FA Cup semi-final draw is about to take place. Any predictions? Got a feeling we’re going to see a Manchester and London derby. And if I’m right, don’t accuse me of the ‘hot balls’ ‘cold balls’ conspiracy.

Ok I thought it was about to take place. We’re now being shown an advert for Wimbledon Rewind, which sounds terrible. The BBC are also showing highlights of the other three FA Cup quarter-finals.

HT

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Manchester City are winning. Not much else to say really. It’s a training exercise. Alan Shearer and Micah Richards in the BBC studio are currently discussing just how badly Newcastle are being beaten. Very is the answer.

Possession: 18% / 82%

Completed passes: 52 / 340

Shots: 2 / 15

Standby…

We’ve around five minutes until the draw, folks. Final few minutes of the half at St James’ Park and it only looks like getting worse for the hosts.

So if the result stays as it is – everyone will want to avoid Pep Guardiola’s side. Saying that… Chelsea beat them a few days ago, Manchester United beat them earlier in the season and Arsenal… Ok, Arsenal don’t want City.

FA Cup draw LIVE: Man Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea set to learn semi-final fixtures (Image: GETTY)

Update

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The most low-key penalty of all time has been awarded at St James’ Park. Nobody, including the commentators, had even realised a foul had been committed inside the penalty area.

Lee Mason pointed towards the spot, VAR agreed that Javier Manquillo had pushed Gabriel Jesus and birthday boy Kevin De Bruyne rolled in the penalty.

So after all that, Manchester City have a one-goal lead over Newcastle.

FA Cup draw LIVE: Man Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea set to learn semi-final fixtures (Image: GETTY)

Today’s action

Arsenal just about handled Sheffield United at Bramall Lane in today’s early kick off. Dani Ceballos scored a stoppage-time winner around three minutes after David McGoldrick levelled. Chris Wilder looked like a bulldog chewing a wasp afterwards.

Frank Lampard’s Chelsea then secured a 1-0 win over Leicester. Substitute Ross Barkley with the only goal of the match.

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One clash that flew under the radar was Southampton’s Premier League win at Vicarage Road. The Saints beat Watford 3-1 with a double from Danny Ings to secure their survival and leave the Hornets in an even more perilous situation.

That last one was quite a surprise really. I really didn’t expect Nigel Pearson’s side to go down like that.

FA Cup draw LIVE: Man Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea set to learn semi-final fixtures (Image: GETTY)

Update…

Newcastle have reached the 25-minute mark without conceding. It’s been… well it’s been a total annihilation in all honesty. Manchester City are laying it on thick with chance after chance being created.

I would say City are camped inside Newcastle territory but it’s would be more accurate to say they’ve brought all the tools, laid the foundation and have started building an extension.

200 completed City passes to Newcastle’s 15…

Ball numbers

Not sure why you would care about these given you’re reading the draw online, but I’m contractually obliged to inform you of tonight’s ball numbers nonetheless.

1 Arsenal, 2 Newcastle or Manchester City, 3 Manchester United, 4 Chelsea

FA Cup draw LIVE: Man Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea set to learn semi-final fixtures (Image: GETTY)

What’s the plan?

Very simple really. The semi-final draw will take place during the half-time pause in the Newcastle vs Manchester City game.

It’s very much of the ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ kind of draw with only four balls in the pot.

The semi-finals of the FA Cup are scheduled for the weekend of 18 and 19 July with the final set to take place on August 1 at Wembley. An empty Wembley. Bizarre.

Evening…

Hello everyone and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the FA Cup draw.

So… the final four. Well, technically it’s five as I write this but you understand. It’s been a long day.

Anyway, Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea are all safely through to the semi-final stage.

There’s just one position left to fill and that will go to the winner of Manchester City vs Newcastle. That’s being played at St James’ Park as we speak.

The draw is coming up in around 25 minutes and we’ll have all the build and reaction right here, right now.

FA Cup draw LIVE: Man Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea set to learn semi-final fixtures (Image: GETTY)

When is the FA Cup semi-final draw?

The FA have announced the draw will take place on Sunday, June 28.

It will take place at half-time in the clash between holders Manchester City and Newcastle.

That means we can expect to find out the semi-final ties at approximately 7.15pm.

FA Cup semi-final draw ball numbers

1 Arsenal

2 Newcastle or Manchester City

3 Manchester United

4 Chelsea

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