Though the berths were booked in near-opposite fashion, Sunderland and Manchester City are the two teams set to meet on March 2, with the Capital One Cup the prize in view.
Manuel Pellegrini's side strolled past West Ham over two legs, boasting an embarrassing aggregate scoreline of 9-0 running in their favour, while Gus Poyet's men clinched a far tighter win over Manchester United, going to penalties after a 3-3 aggregate draw.
The Hammers' demoralising League Cup efforts of late mean that Sam Allardyce's team haven't got a single player featuring in the semi-finals' best XI.
Result notwithstanding, there were a fine sample of players from the other three hopefuls that impressed enough to warrant their inclusion.
Looking at both semi-final legs, read on for those XI stars who did enough to weave their way into our 4-4-2 setup.
All statistics come courtesy of WhoScored.