World football’s oldest domestic cup competition reaches the semi-final stage as the road to Wembley towards FA Cup glory draws ever nearer for the four remaining sides in the competition.
Both semi-final ties will be screened live on ITV and ESPN over the weekend of April 13-14 with a place in the prestigious final at Wembley Stadium up for grabs.
Full details of FA Cup Semi Final weekend on TV below:
ESPN will broadcast the FA Cup semi-final between Millwall and Wigan Athletic exclusively live on Saturday, April 13.
This season, Wigan have produced their best ever performance in the FA Cup, reaching the Semi-Finals for the first time.
They began the competition in January being held at home to League 1 side Bournemouth in the Third Round, winning the replay 1-0.
The Latics have since avoided giantkillings away to Macclesfield and Huddersfield, before going on to pull off a shock of their own, scoring three goals in as many first half minutes to knock out Everton at the Sixth Round stage.
Wigan’s impressive FA Cup run comes as they struggle to climb away from the relegation zone in the Barclays Premier League.
Roberto Martinez will be hoping to avoid joining the small group of teams like Middlesbrough and Birmingham who found good FA Cup runs have coincided with relegation from the top flight.
Wigan’s opponents Millwall will be playing in their fifth FA Cup Semi-Final, their only victory in at this stage of the competition coming in 2004, when they beat Sunderland 1-0 to progress to the Final against Manchester United.
This season the Lions began by knocking out Preston before going on to eliminate Barclays Premier League strugglers Aston Villa and overcoming non-league Luton 3-0 in the Fifth Round.
Kenny Jackett’s men needed a replay to get past Championship rivals Blackburn in the Sixth Round, with veteran central defender Danny Shittu scoring his second goal in this season’s competition to earn Millwall a 1-0 victory and a trip to Wembley.
Simon Potter, head of programming and production, ESPN EMEA, said: “Both teams truly deserve their place at Wembley, having both caused shock results on the way and providing surprises and entertainment for fans.
“The FA Cup semi-finals are one of the biggest occasions in the sporting calendar and has a special place in the hearts of football fans everywhere.”
Free-to-air highlights of the first FA Cup semi-final will shown in the evening on ITV at 10.50pm.
The pick of this season’s FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley sees the current FA Cup holders take on last season’s Premier League winners.
Manchester City were laying in wait for the winners of the Sixth Round replay between Chelsea and Manchester United, with the Blues coming out on top 1-0 on Easter Monday.
Roberto Mancini’s side have almost certainly relinquished their reign as Premier League champions, but have enjoyed a smooth path to the last four of FA Cup.
The 2011 winners have beaten Barnsley, the third Championship team they have eliminated thus far in the competition, as well as fellow Premier League outfit Stoke City.
Meanwhile their opponents Chelsea have needed to work much harder to reach this stage, including needing replays to defeat Brentford and Manchester United.
Whichever club progresses will be the clear favourites to lift the trophy, with City aiming to do so for the second time in three years, having tasted success in 2011 against Stoke.
Adrian Chiles anchors live coverage where he will joined in the Wembley studio by Roy Keane, Lee Dixon and Gareth Southgate. Commentary comes from Clive Tyldesley and Andy Townsend.
The game will be screened exclusively on ITV and ITV HD, plus available online via itv.com/football and a highlights show later in the evening at 11.15pm.
Saturday 13th April Millwall v Wigan Athletic – Semi Final Kick-off: 17:15 | LIVE: 4.30pm-7.45pm – ESPN FA Cup Semi Final Highlights – Millwall v Wigan 10.50pm-11.35pm – ITV Sunday 14th April Chelsea v Manchester City – Semi Final Kick-off: 16:00 | LIVE: 3.30pm-6.15pm – ITV FA Cup Semi Final Highlights – Chelsea v Man City 11.15pm-12.00am – ITV . .
ITV′s live FA Cup coverage, as well additional video clips, interviews and analysis, is available to watch for free via the ITV football website – CLICK HERE
There is no live online streaming of ESPN’s live games, but users can read the latest reports and follow all the action via live text commentaries at ESPN.co.uk.. .