Emirates FA Cup Semi-Finals Preview

Wembley Stadium
FA Cup Semi Finals 2024

The Quarter Final ties in this year’s FA Cup did not disappoint. Over the four games, we were treated to 20 goals, dramatic comebacks and last-minute winners. And talking of winners, the four teams who have progressed to Wembley Stadium for the semis are Chelsea, Manchester United, holders Manchester City, and representing the Championship, Coventry City, who overcame Premier League Wolves 3-2.

If you’d like to be at Wembley for either, or both, of these matches on the weekend of April 20th then we can help you! We have a range of fantastic hospitality packages for both games at the National Stadium. At the very top end, you can enjoy the action from your own 12-seater box, the height of luxury at the home of football. With a plated pre-match meal, and complimentary bar, your day will be expertly managed by your own dedicated host, ensuring you’ll make memories that will last a lifetime. You’ll enjoy the action on the pitch from premium seating outside your box, where you can soak up the atmosphere at one of English football’s premium fixtures.

If you’re a smaller group looking to enjoy the match in some luxury, we recommend our Number Nine restaurant package. With three courses of stunning cuisine served at the chef’s table, plus complimentary beverages throughout, we guarantee it will be a superb experience for you and your guests. Your seats for the match will be in the middle tier of Wembley Stadium, beside the Royal Box, providing an unrivalled view of the action as it unfolds.

Or you might prefer to enjoy the match from one of our padded Premium Executive Seats, situated on Level 2 of the Stadium. You’ll have access to the Taphouse Bar and Diner, where you can purchase food and drinks, avoiding the normal queues that come with fixtures of this magnitude.

So, what about the matches themselves…
Some of you might remember the FA Cup Final of 1987, when Coventry took on Tottenham at the old Wembley. Spurs were fancied to lift the trophy, with the likes of Glenn Hoddle, Chris Waddle and Ossie Ardiles in their side, but Coventry had other plans. A flying header from Keith Houchen took the game to extra time, and Gary Mabbutt’s unfortunate own goal gave the Sky Blues their first and only FA Cup triumph. It’s not going to be easy this year to get past Manchester United, but if Cov fans are looking for a good omen, they actually knocked United out of the competition in the 4th Round on their way to the famous 1987 victory, so perhaps history can repeat itself…

For their part, United will be hoping for a second consecutive appearance in the FA Cup Final, after their defeat last year against neighbours Manchester City. United dominated the competition in the 1990s, winning the trophy on four occasions, but since the Millennium they’ve only won it twice, the last time in 2016 when they beat Crystal Palace. But apart from Arsenal, United are the most decorated club in this competition with 12 wins, and they can’t have hoped for a better draw in the semis than Coventry. The two sides haven’t met in nearly 17 years, when a brace from Maltese forward Michael Mifsud at Old Trafford sent the visitors into the 4th round of the League Cup – against a United side that featured a young Gerard Pique. Remarkably there is one man who played that night and could feature in the forthcoming Semi… Jonny Evans, who played alongside Pique that night.

The other match will see holders Manchester City take on Chelsea, the team they knocked out in last year’s 3rd round on their way to lifting the trophy. Chelsea have failed to beat City in their last 8 meetings, which might not come as much of a surprise given the turmoil in West London over the last few years. But what is interesting is that the last time Chelsea managed to get one over Pep Guardiola’s team was in the final of the 2021 Champions League, courtesy of Kai Havertz.

The two clubs have faced off twice in a Wembley FA Cup semi since 2013 – City winning the first, before inexplicably losing to Wigan in the Final. Chelsea won the next one in 2021, before they lost to Leicester in the Final. So it’s not a particularly lucky fixture for either club, if you believe in omens!

Obviously City will be huge favourites to reclaim the trophy, and take it home for the 8th time, just as they are favourites to retain the Premier League and Champions League as well. But if ever a competition was known for throwing up surprising results, it’s this one, and all four clubs involved will believe they’ll be the ones walking up the legendary Wembley steps on May 25th to pick up that famous silverware.

If you’d like to discuss any of our packages for these Wembley showpieces, give us a call on 01454 201210 or visit www.vipfootballhospitality.com







Give Us a call on 01454 201210 or email enquiries@circuithospitality.com to see how we can help you.


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