Big Guns Chase Silverware

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Vincent Kompany will be a vital cog in City's defence. Image courtesy of Images
The two dominant sides in the FA Cup over the past few years meet on Monday morning (AEST) as Manchester City and Chelsea face off at Wembley Stadium, a ground both clubs know all too well. Given the fact Championship side Millwall faces Premier League struggler Wigan Athletic in the other semi-final, both teams will fancy their chances of lifting the famous trophy if they get through this encounter. With the EPL title all but sewn up by Manchester United, this is more than likely the best chance of picking silverware for these two powerhouses, despite Chelsea still being alive in the Europa League.

Manchester City could be without Spanish gun David Villa for the match. He tore his hamstring in the upset 2-1 win over cross-town rival United at Old Trafford earlier in the week. His omission would be a blow for the 2011 winners, with Samir Nasri the player most likely to fill his spot in the midfield.

Rafael Benitez started with something close to a second-string line-up against Rubin Kazan in Friday morning’s (AEST) 3-2 defeat in the Europa League. The Blues still qualify for the competition’s semi-finals, but it was obviously Benitez had more than half-an-eye on the FA Cup. Chelsea has won four of its last six, and one of the conundrums facing the Spanish manager will be whether to start his countryman Fernando Torres, who has run in to some form in the latter stages of the season, or the more likely option of transfer window signing Demba Ba.

These teams drew 0-0 when they met at Stamford Bridge earlier this season, before City collected the three points with a 2-0 victory in Manchester in February. City has been untroubled in this competition breezing past Watford, Stoke City, Leeds United and Barnsley, with ‘keeper Costel Pantilimon yet to concede a goal . He is likely to be in the Citizens’ goal for this match, despite the presence of regular premiership custodian Joe Hart.

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