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Manchester City v Arsenal: FA Cup Semi Final Primer

Manchester City faces an ardent Arsenal for a place in the 2020 Vitality Women’s FA Cup Final.

Arsenal Women v Manchester City Women: WSL Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Holders Manchester City will battle a fiery Arsenal for a place in the 2020 Vitality Women’s FA Cup Final, following their slender 2-1 victory over Championship side Leicester City.

Arsenal will play away at Manchester City in the Women’s FA Cup semi-final on Thursday evening. This is the conclusion of last season’s competition, which was not completed due to the early cancellation of the campaign in the spring.

Joe Montemurro’s side eased into the semis with a 4-0 victory over Tottenham on Saturday evening thanks to a sublime chip from Jordan Nobbs and a hat-trick from Lisa Evans. Manchester City narrowly defeated Championship Leicester 2-1 today in their quarter-final, meaning the teams will meet at the Academy Stadium on Thursday evening for a place in the final, which is to be played on Sunday, 1st November at Wembley Stadium.

US star, Rose Lavelle may be made available to make her debut. while fellow summer recruits mates Lucy Bronze, Alex Greenwood and Sam Mewis could be reinstated to the starting XI. Aoife Mannion, Megan Campbell and Lauren Hemp remains sidelined through injury.

Gareth Taylor’s Preview:

“It’s a game for us to really look forward to.

“I would have been happy playing either Tottenham or Arsenal. We were fortunate enough to watch the semi-final, which was interesting as we play Tottenham on Sunday as well.

“It was close with 20 minutes to go. Then it’s 4-0, which looks like an emphatic scoreline.

“I have big belief in what we can achieve. The games are coming thick and fast now.”

Arsenal’s tie with Manchester City kicks off at 7.15pm on Thursday and will be screened live on BBC Two in the UK and streamed free of charge on the FA Player everywhere else.