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FA Cup Predictions: Pundits Give Their Tips For Semi-Finals

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Check out expert predictions from Michael Owen, Paul Merson and Mark Lawrenson on the upcoming FA Cup semi-final fixtures this weekend.

It’s time to delve into some FA Cup predictions as we move ever closer to the final itself.

While only four teams remain, we still have some pretty exciting ties to relish from sides in the Premier League.

Will there be any more upsets? To find out, we turned to former Liverpool stars Mark Lawrenson on BBC and Michael Owen on BetVictor, as well as ex-Arsenal star Paul Merson on SportsKeeda, for some FA Cup predictions.

🗓️ Saturday, April 16

Manchester City vs Liverpool

Pundit predictions

Michael Owen: 1-2

“The fact City had such an intense game on Wednesday is bound to play a factor here. They picked up a few knocks in the game as well, I’m putting Liverpool as slight favorites. 2-1 Liverpool.”

Paul Merson: 1-2

“I reckon Liverpool have a slight advantage in this game. City had a real hard game against Atletico Madrid, to be fair. They’ve had to travel this week, and it was a very physical game as well. Liverpool rested Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, and Fabinho in the Champions League and are almost certain to score goals this weekend.”

Mark Lawrenson: 1-2

“I make Liverpool slight favorites here, because they are fresher. I’m expecting City to make some changes from what is, arguably, their best team but Liverpool to be as strong as they can be – and that swings the tie for me.”

🗓️ Sunday, April 17

Chelsea vs Crystal Palace

Pundit predictions

Michael Owen: 2-1

“I think Palace will play with nothing to lose and I wouldn’t be shocked to see them score here. I just think Chelsea will be too strong. I think they’ll enter this with renewed optimism after Tuesday’s performance and win this 2-1.”

Paul Merson: 3-0

“Werner, Havertz, and Mason Mount are Chelsea’s best front three at the moment. With Conor Gallagher unavailable for Crystal Palace, I see nothing but a Chelsea win here.”

Mark Lawrenson: 2-0

“Crystal Palace are a talented and very energetic side, but their young players will need to handle the occasion at Wembley as well as deal with Chelsea. It’s a big ask. I think Tuchel will find a way to keep Palace’s front three quiet and, as we saw from the chances they created against Real, Chelsea look very dangerous when they come forward. I have a feeling they will get the job done.”