THE weekend starts here as Neil Atkinson is joined in the studio by John Gibbons, Rob Gutmann and Evertonian Dave Downie for a special show on this weekends FA Cup semi finals at Wembley Stadium.

First on the phone speaking to the lads is Steve Armstrong from United We Stand. He assesses the form of the red side of Manchester going into their semi final on Saturday and runs through what he expects from the game. We also discuss the surprisingly low crowd at Old Trafford for their midweek league game and the wider implications of fans staying away.

Manchester United’s opponents are Everton. We make Dave Downie run through what went wrong in the Merseyside derby on Wednesday night and assess if anything can be done to turn recent performances around in such a short period of time. They also chat about the likelihood of Bobby Martinez keeping his job, regardless of the result.

Ahead of the second semi final they speak to Crystal Palace fan Robbie Scotcher to ascertain his confidence for a huge game for the South London club. Now safe from Premier League relegation, can they carry their improved form into the weekend and qualify for their first FA Cup final since 1990?

In their way is Watford, who are trying to qualify for their first FA Cup final since they lost to Everton in 1984. We ask Adam Drury from the website Forza Watford if The Hornets can cap a fantastic first season back in the top flight with another trip to Wembley in May.

Sandwiched in the middle we also, of course, look forward to Liverpool’s game against Newcastle United. The Reds are flying in all forms at the moment, but should they rotate to protect players for bigger tests to come, or go full pelt against a side rejuvenated under Rafa Benitez? Or have the ‘second strong’ proved themselves more than capable in recent weeks anyway?

It’s an action packed Friday Show.
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