The draw for the semifinals of England's oldest domestic cup competition, the FA Cup, has concluded at Wembley Stadium.
Former Arsenal and England striker Ian Wright, and his son, ex Manchester City striker Shaun Wright-Phillips, were given the honour of drawing out the final four balls, with the draw taking place before the last of the quarterfinals had even started.
#FA Cup Semi-Final Draw Hull City v Sheffield United— The FA (@FA) March 9, 2014
#FACup Semi-Final Draw: Manchester City or Wigan Athletic v Arsenal— The FA (@FA) March 9, 2014
Full details of both games are as follows.
|Hull City vs. Sheffield United||Saturday, April 12 (TBC)||Wembley Stadium|
|Wigan Athletic vs. Arsenal||Sunday, April 13 (TBC)||Wembley Stadium|
Arsene Wenger's Gunners were the first to secure their place in the draw after a thumping 4-1 victory over Everton. It continued a cup run that has seen them play every tie in the comfort of the Emirates Stadium, and he admitted Saturday per TheFA.com:
When you look at the competition, it’s true that we have played all of our games at home so it’s been a good draw for us.
Tactically, it’s a bit more difficult than that so let’s see who we have to play in the Semi-Final and do it again.
Nigel Clough's Sheffield United side are on a run of nine wins in a row, per WhoScored.com. Can Clough emulate his father Brian in taking a team all the way to the final?
No team ranked as lowly have gotten this far in the competition since the turn of the millennium.
Well done Sheffield United. 13 years since a third tier side reached the FA Cup Semi Finals!— Coral (@Coral) March 9, 2014
Steve Bruce will be delighted with his players after a one-sided quarterfinal win over Sunderland. The Black Cats looked like they were still suffering a cup hangover from last weekend and the Tigers took full advantage.
If they want to secure a final berth, however, Hull will have to improve patchy recent form of four wins in the last seven, per WhoScored.com.
Both ties will be televised with BT Sport and ITV taking one each.