FA Cup SF Draw | Chelsea | Sat 17 Apr 5:30pm

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Long term being on BBC free to air is far better coverage for the team. Kids can watch the match whereas BT match will go on without the big who ha that BBC will publicise big time.
We are probably the only club that thrives on playing a quick turnaround with the squad we have, how often have we thought our bench would beat the team picked.
Time to leave it to Pep,

Finding the silver lining there... fair play, cos I wouldn’t have spotted it.

Yes but in the past BBC has mostly picked Sunday ... and BT Sport gets the second choice which is Saturday ... so questions remains, why BBC would put us on Saturday instead of Sunday? Not like that was their fixed slot or something ... or like they wanted the bigger teams who could only play Saturday (say one of them had a Tue game afterwards) which is not the case here ... in fact the opposite ... by all accounts it made more (yes even commercial) sense to put our game on Sunday on BBC ... but they have deliberately chosen to put us on Saturday instead ...

Four semi finalists ... only one team is inconvenienced ... rest all had no effect on them whatsoever with the scheduling either way ... Leicester and Saints have both full week off, Chelsea are at home on Tuesday ... only we are on Wednesday before and AWAY as well all they way to Hungry possibly ... so my question remains, why?!?

Pick up all BBC games done in the past rounds this season and previous years, they always pick United or Liverpool ahead of anyone else and always put Sunday or Saturday based on what's best for them two teams ... and mostly are on Sunday ... in fact just look at their last round, they had two quarter finals and BT had two, norm would dictate one each on Sat and one on Sun but no, BBC had both on Sunday instead so ... yes I would question the motive here!

Edit: Check last year's semi finals too ... BT on Sat, BBC on Sun ...
 
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Yes but in the past BBC has mostly picked Sunday ... and BT Sport gets the second choice which is Saturday ... so questions remains, why BBC would put us on Saturday instead of Sunday? Not like that was their fixed slot or something ... or like they wanted the bigger teams who could only play Saturday (say one of them had a Tue game afterwards) which is not the case here ... in fact the opposite ... by all accounts it made more (yes even commercial) sense to put our game on Sunday on BBC ... but they have deliberately chosen to put us on Saturday instead ...

Four semi finalists ... only one team is inconvenienced ... rest all had no effect on them whatsoever with the scheduling either way ... Leicester and Saints have both full week off, Chelsea are at home on Tuesday ... only we are on Wednesday before and AWAY as well all they way to Hungry possibly ... so my question remains, why?!?

Pick up all BBC games done in the past rounds this season and previous years, they always pick United or Liverpool ahead of anyone else and always put Sunday or Saturday based on what's best for them two teams ... and mostly are on Sunday ... in fact just look at their last round, they had two quarter finals and BT had two, norm would dictate one each on Sat and one on Sun but no, BBC had both on Sunday instead so ... yes I would question the motive here!

Edit: Check last year's semi finals too ... BT on Sat, BBC on Sun ...
Mag, as always your attention to detail is second to none, I would agree a Sunday game is better, the only thing I had in my mind was our exposure to youngsters.
Same with chumps league when it was covered by ITV rather than the extra cost of BT, far more neutrals watching then.
 

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Yes but in the past BBC has mostly picked Sunday ... and BT Sport gets the second choice which is Saturday ... so questions remains, why BBC would put us on Saturday instead of Sunday? Not like that was their fixed slot or something ... or like they wanted the bigger teams who could only play Saturday (say one of them had a Tue game afterwards) which is not the case here ... in fact the opposite ... by all accounts it made more (yes even commercial) sense to put our game on Sunday on BBC ... but they have deliberately chosen to put us on Saturday instead ...

Four semi finalists ... only one team is inconvenienced ... rest all had no effect on them whatsoever with the scheduling either way ... Leicester and Saints have both full week off, Chelsea are at home on Tuesday ... only we are on Wednesday before and AWAY as well all they way to Hungry possibly ... so my question remains, why?!?

Pick up all BBC games done in the past rounds this season and previous years, they always pick United or Liverpool ahead of anyone else and always put Sunday or Saturday based on what's best for them two teams ... and mostly are on Sunday ... in fact just look at their last round, they had two quarter finals and BT had two, norm would dictate one each on Sat and one on Sun but no, BBC had both on Sunday instead so ... yes I would question the motive here!

Edit: Check last year's semi finals too ... BT on Sat, BBC on Sun ...
I’m clutching at straws here, but is there some other major sporting or outdoor event that bbc are covering on 18th which means Sat would suit them?
Also, I’m not sure over the long term it is that rare for the tastiest match of the round to be shown Saturday tea time - I can certainly recall plenty of them in that slot on bbc one, but I have no idea about the degree of influence from what suited teams best fixture-wise.
Anyway ultimately, I’m actually of the same view as you, it is highly suspect.
It does seem odd City signed off on it, or haven’t at the very least made their displeasure known publicly, especially if it had been ignored privately. Maybe the club just feel it is what it is, and we have to deal with it.
 
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I’m clutching at straws here, but is there some other major sporting or outdoor event that bbc are covering on 18th which means Sat would suit them?
Also, I’m not sure over the long term it is that rare for the tastiest match of the round to be shown Saturday team time - I can certainly recall plenty of them in that slot on bbc one, but I have no idea about the degree of influence from what suited teams best fixture-wise.
Anyway ultimately, I’m actually of the same view as you, it is highly suspect.
It does seem odd City signed off on it, or haven’t at the very least made their displeasure known publicly, especially if it had been ignored privately. Maybe the club just feel it is what it is, and we have to deal with it.
City wouldn’t get sign off. We just have to take it.
Not the first time the BBC has stitched us up over an FA Cup tie against Chelsea in relation to the proximity of a Champions League knockout tie
 

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I’m clutching at straws here, but is there some other major sporting or outdoor event that bbc are covering on 18th which means Sat would suit them?
Also, I’m not sure over the long term it is that rare for the tastiest match of the round to be shown Saturday tea time - I can certainly recall plenty of them in that slot on bbc one, but I have no idea about the degree of influence from what suited teams best fixture-wise.
Anyway ultimately, I’m actually of the same view as you, it is highly suspect.
It does seem odd City signed off on it, or haven’t at the very least made their displeasure known publicly, especially if it had been ignored privately. Maybe the club just feel it is what it is, and we have to deal with it.
Pep and the players thrive on this type of thing. It will galvanise the team. Our squad depth is vastly superior to Chelsea. Keep the faith!
 

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The good thing is that it gives City an extra day to prepare the League Cup as the Villa match is now on the Tuesday rather than the Wednesday.

Hopefully City can put the Borussia Dortmund tie to bed in the first leg and can play a weakened team in the second leg.
 

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The good thing is that it gives City an extra day to prepare the League Cup as the Villa match is now on the Tuesday rather than the Wednesday.

Hopefully City can put the Borussia Dortmund tie to bed in the first leg and can play a weakened team in the second leg.
Is it? Just like this was a sure thing Sunday ... don’t be so sure about that either.

It’s not announced yet and I for one won’t be surprised if they put us on Wednesday there as well ... and give Spurs Tuesday midweek game (actually Spurs don’t even have to play that mid week at all as they can play their postponed games in CL nights as well as in future free midweek around the FA Cup final since they’re out of that too) so they can even have a whole week free leading up to the final. Let me explain how that’ll work, Spurs have a game in hand against Saints ... but Saints have another game in hand as well against Palace ... so should PL put that game (Saints v Palace) in that mid week ... Spurs get the whole week free leading up to the Final and just wait for their postponed game for a later midweek in one of CL semi final weeks or FA Cup Final week when the midweek is free for all.

Let’s just wait till they actually announce those PL games.
 
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If fans are allowed in then the kick off time needs to be earlier. Last train is at 9pm on a Saturday
 
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