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How to watch the 2018 FA Cup semi finals live on TV

Tuesday, April 3rd 2018 by Phil Wilkinson-Jones

This season’s FA Cup semi finals take place later this month and while one of the games will be available to watch for free on the BBC, the other will be shown exclusively on BT Sport.

In the first of two Wembley showdowns, Manchester United take on Tottenham Hotspur at 5.15pm on Saturday 21 April and the game will be shown live on BBC One.

Jose Mourinho’s United side have beaten Derby, Yeovil, Huddersfield and Brighton on the way to Wembley and have yet to so much as concede a goal in this year’s competition, while Spurs have twice needed replays against lower league opposition in order to progress.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men beat AFC Wimbledon in the third round but were taken to replays by both Newport and Rochdale before advancing and defeating Swansea in the quarter finals.

The second semi final takes place on Sunday 22 April and sees last year’s runner up Chelsea take on 2017 League Cup runner up Southampton in a 3pm kick off.

Antonio Conte’s Chelsea needed a replay and a penalty shootout to get past Championship side Norwich in the third round but have since overcome Newcastle, Hull and Leicester in this season’s FA Cup.

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Southampton defeated Fulham, Watford and West Brom under former boss Mauricio Pellegrino and in the quarter finals beat giant-killers Wigan 2-0 in Mark Hughes’ first game in charge.

The game is live on BT Sport so if you’re a Chelsea or a Saints fan and you don’t have tickets, now’s the time to get yourself a subscription.

For an existing BT TV customer to add the BT Sport channels to their package it’s free for six months then £3.50 a month for the basic subscription. New customers get BT Sport included if you go for either the TV Start & Sport or the TV Max options.

Plusnet TV customers get BT Sport 1 included as standard and can have all five BT Sport channels for an additional £5 a month.

If you get your TV from anyone else, adding BT Sport can be quite expensive. Sky TV and TalkTalk TV customers, for example, have to pay at least £25.99 a month to get the channels, while Virgin customers will probably be better off upgrading to a package that includes BT Sport as standard, such as the Full House bundle.

If you don’t mind watching the match on your phone, all EE mobile customers get three months’ free access to the BT Sport app, while BT Mobile offers 24 months’ access to the app with selected plans.

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