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Wolves to play Watford in the semi – and the omens are good

Wolves will play Watford in the semi-finals of the FA Cup.

The reward for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side after they beat Manchester United 2-1 in the sixth round yesterday is a clash against a Premier League rival currently one place and one point below them.

Manchester City face Brighton in the other semi, raising the possibility of a repeat of the 1974 League Cup final, when Wolves beat City 2-1. Both games will be at Wembley over the weekend of April 6-7.

Watford and Wolves have met each other seven times in the Cup before, with Wolves winning four and drawing two.

Wolves won 4-1 at Vicarage Road in 2008 at the fourth round stage with Andy Keogh (2), Stephen Elliott and Jay Bothroyd on target, and by the same scoreline in the third round in 1993, when Keith Downing, Steve Bull, Andy Mutch and an David Holdsworth own goal won it.

They also beat the Hornets 2-1 in 1981 in the fourth round, when Derek Parkin and a John Richards penalty were enough to see off Graham Taylor’s Second Division side in a replay after a 1-1 draw at Vicarage Road when Richards was again on target.

That was revenge for the season before, when Watford pulled off a shock 3-0 victory at Molineux at the fifth round stage, when substitute John McAlle broke his leg. The defeat came just four days after Wolves had clinched a place in the League Cup final by beating Swindon.

The only other meetings saw Wolves thrash Watford 10-0 in a first round replay in 1912 after the first tie ended 0-0.