So, even though we're emerging from an FA Cup weekend in which only one of the six teams who played managed to score, we'll learn by days' end what the match-ups are for the FA Cup semi-finals.
The draw for the FA Cup semis will take place at the conclusion of this evening's Arsenal vs. Manchester United marquee matchup (game starts at 3:45 pm Eastern Daylight Time, since we're in that window where Americans have turned clocks forward and their British counterparts haven't). The numbers to look for are as follows:
1. Liverpool or Blackburn Rovers (to be decided on Tuesday, April 7 at Blackburn)
2. Bradford or Reading (to be decided on Monday, March 16, at Reading's higher-quality pitch, in that it's not a bog with chalk lines drawn on it)
3. Manchester United or Arsenal (either getting decided this evening, obviously, or getting attended to at the Emirates in a few weeks' time)
4. Aston Villa (who won its match Saturday and responded with the sober demeanor you'd expect from a Premier League side moving on in a tournament)
The semi-final matches will be held on Saturday, April 18 and Sunday, April 19, and the final will be played on Saturday, May 30.