FA Cup: Chelsea to face Liverpool

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/F/Football1.jpg' class='caption'> Chelsea will meet Liverpool again in the semifinals of FA Cup on April 22.

Updated: February 25, 2007 11:38 IST
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Chelsea will meet Liverpool again in the semifinals of FA Cup on April 22. The other semifinal will see West Ham against the winner of a replay between Charlton and Middlesbrough. The English Football Association said the Chelsea-Liverpool game will take place at Manchester United's 70,000-capacity Old Trafford stadium. The second semifinal will be the following day at the 42,500-seat Villa Park. Six-time FA Cup winner Liverpool won its quarterfinal game 7-0 at Birmingham City on Tuesday, while Premier League champion and league leader Chelsea beat Newcastle 1-0 on Wednesday. "It will be a difficult game for both teams,'' Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez said. "We know each other so well and when you play a cup tie you know it will always be a difficult tie. We shall see what happens," added Benitez. Chelsea favourites British bookmaker William Hill responded to the draw by making three-time winner Chelsea the 11-10 favorite to win the FA Cup, with Liverpool at 9-4, West Ham 9-2, Middlesbrough 9-1 and Charlton 14-1. Twelve points ahead in the Premier League, Chelsea is on course to win the league and cup double for the first time. This will the 10th game between the teams since Mourinho and Benitez took over ahead of the 2004-05 season. Liverpool has won only once, but in the most important game - a 1-0 victory in the second leg of last season's Champions League semifinal. The loss eliminated Chelsea, and Liverpool went on to beat AC Milan in the final. Chelsea and Liverpool have played four times this season. Chelsea won both league games for the second straight season, but both Champions League games ended 0-0. The two clubs had not met in the FA Cup since 1997, when Chelsea triumphed 4-2 in the fourth round. West Ham posted a 2-1 quarterfinal victory over Manchester City on Monday. Charlton and Middlesbrough tied 0-0 on Thursday and will replay April 12 at Boro's Riverside stadium. The May 13 final will be at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium, having been switched from Wembley because the new stadium in northwest London won't be ready in time. (AP)

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