By MICHAEL KLINE
Today’s FA Cup semifinal match between Chelsea and Manchester City will capture the attention of soccer fans across the globe.
Manchester City have steamrolled through the competition thus far in the tournament, outscoring opponents 13-0 in just four matches. If there is a club capable of overturning City’s favorable fortune, however, it’s Chelsea, who have won four of the last six FA Cup tournaments.
City may have to do without the services of David Silva for the match today, who hasn’t been completely ruled out by manager Roberto Mancini, but has instead been listed as a game time decision. His counterpart, Rafa Benitez, will likely opt to start Ryan Betrand at left-back in the absence of Ashley Cole, who is still nursing an injured hamstring.
Both clubs have claimed the trophy in the past two seasons, and with disappointing performances in the Premier League and Champions League spoiling expectations so far this season, winning the FA Cup tournament stands as the last chance for either club to “save” their season.
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Enjoy the action (Today’s TV schedule is after the jump):
TODAY’S SOCCER ON TV
7am – ESPN Deportes – Newcastle United vs. Sunderland
9am – beIN Sport en Español – Cagliari vs. Internazionale
9:05am – Fox Soccer Channel – Stoke City vs. Manchester United
11am – Fox Soccer Channel – Chelsea vs. Manchester City
11am – beIN Sport – Olympique Lyon vs. Toulouse
11am – beIN Sport en Español – Atlético Madrid vs. Granada
11:30am – GolTV – Augsburg vs. Eintracht Frankfurt
1pm – beIN Sport – Real Zaragoza vs. Barcelona
1pm – Univision – Pumas UNAM vs. Tigres UANL
1pm – ESPN2 – Puebla vs. Jaguares
2:45pm – beIN Sport en Español – AC Milan vs. Napoli
3pm – beIN Sport – Athletic Bilbao vs. Real Madrid
5pm – UniMás – Houston Dynamo vs. Chicago Fire
6pm – Telemundo – Chivas Guadalajara vs. Atlante
10:30pm – NBC Sports Network – Portland Timbers vs. San Jose Earthquakes