For the sixth successive season the FA Cup Semi-Finals consists of a quartet of top-flight clubs, the longest such sequence in the competition’s history!
Both matches in this year’s Semi-Finals involve clubs who are paired together in the competition for the seventh time.
Leicester City and Southampton have both won three of their six previous head-to-head encounters, whilst Manchester City has a four-to-two win ratio against Chelsea in the competition, including a 2-1 victory the only other time the two clubs faced each other with a place in the Final at stake, back in 2013.
Chelsea can look to the fact that they won the last FA Cup encounter between the two clubs convincingly, 5-1 three years later, and that they jointly hold the record for most Semi-Final victories in the 21st Century, eight, compared to the three won by Manchester City.
Between them, the two clubs have 25 FA Cup Final appearances in total with Chelsea involved 14 times, three more than Manchester City. Chelsea are also looking to become only the third club ever to appear in four FA Cup Finals across five successive seasons.
The other Semi-Final pits two clubs together with less illustrious FA Cup records, with the Trophy being lifted just once in their combined eight Final appearances, which was Southampton back in 1976. Leicester City are famous for playing in the most FA Cup Finals without yet winning the Cup, and are also the only club that has been crowned English League Champions never to have lifted the Trophy.
If Leicester City did go on to lift the Trophy this season it would be the second longest gap between first FA Cup Final appearance and finally lifting the Trophy (72 years). The club that holds the current record? Southampton, of course, with a 76 year gap.
The two clubs’ past FA Cup head-to-head encounters have all happened no later in the competition than the 4th Round, but they do span across three centuries with the first game happening in 1897/98 season ending in a 2-1 victory for Southampton over Leicester Fosse!
Only one combination of results would lead to a repeat FA Cup Final – Leicester City versus Manchester City – 52 years after they last vied to lift the Trophy. It would be the third longest gap between consecutive repeat Finals if it were to happen.