FA Cup 2014: Live Stream Info, Latest Team News and Semi-Final Predictions

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FA Cup 2014: Live Stream Info, Latest Team News and Semi-Final Predictions
Jon Super

The FA Cup makes its way back into the English spotlight this weekend as Arsenal, Wigan Athletic, Hull City and Sheffield United resume their campaigns in search of a place in this year's final.

Wembley will first play host to defending champions Wigan on Saturday, who take on tournament favourites Arsenal, before Sunday sees our other remaining Premier League side Hull City clash with the Blades.

Prior to this weekend's bill of action kicking off, read on for all the vital viewing information, as well as the team news that could play a large role in just who we see book their spot in more than one Wembley fixture this term.

 

Team News: Wigan Athletic vs. Arsenal

Date: Saturday, April 12

Time: 5:07 p.m. BST/12:07 p.m. ET

Live Stream: ITV Player (UK), FoxSoccer2Go (US only, subscription required)

TV Info: ITV 1 (UK), Fox Sports 2 (US)

Bogdan Maran

Midfielders Tomas Rosicky and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will undergo late fitness tests for Saturday's fixture, as will left-back Kieran Gibbs, who could see Nacho Monreal deputise if absent.

Mesut Ozil and Laurent Koscielny remain sidelined, meaning Thomas Vermaelen should start in central defence once again. One big positive for Arsene Wenger is that Aaron Ramsey will be a part of the starting XI with Mathieu Flamini unavailable through suspension.

The official Arsenal Twitter account shows that in-form FA Cup forward Olivier Giroud could be the man who makes the difference:

Uwe Rosler's biggest conundrum comes in between the posts as Scott Carson could keep his place in the cup competition, although there's no certainty that regular No. 1 Ali Al-Habsi won't come into the frame.

Having been rested in midweek, James Perch, Callum McManaman and Jordi Gomez are all ready to return for the Latics, and the loan quartet of Nick Powell, Josh McEachran, Jack Collison and Nicky Maynard could all feature.

Prediction: Wigan Athletic 2-3 Arsenal (AET)—Arsenal advance

 

Team News: Hull City vs. Sheffield United

Date: Sunday, April 13

Time: 4:07 p.m. BST/11:07 a.m. ET

Live Stream: BT Sport app (subscription required), FoxSoccer2Go (US only, subscription required)

TV Info: BT Sport 1 (UK), Fox Sports 1 (US)

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Steve Bruce's attack will be disrupted this weekend due to the fact that both Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long are cup-tied, having already featured for Everton and West Brom, respectively, in this season's tournament.

As a result, Matty Fryatt, Sone Aluko and Yannick Sagbo will be vying for a spot in the starting line-up, while one positive for the Tigers comes in the form of Tom Huddlestone, who returns after missing last weekend's win over Swansea City.

Matt Dunham

Nigel Clough, meanwhile, will be far more cheerful about his options, with Jose Baxter, Bob Harris, Matt Hill and Stefan Scougall all expected to recover in time for Sunday's fixture following various periods on the sidelines.

The Guardian's Michael Cox has tipped the League One hopefuls to secure their place in the final this weekend:

The Blades boss has close to a full-strength squad at his disposal, giving Sheffield United their best possible chance of a Wembley upset.

Prediction: Hull City 3-1 Sheffield United—Hull City advance

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