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According to a recent report by The times, this season’s FA Cup and Carabao Cup finals will be used as “test events” designed to welcome fans ahead of the summer Euro Cup.
Both national finals will be played in front of live spectators (yes, that’s right! Real people!) At London’s iconic Wembley Stadium.
The FA Cup final is scheduled for May 15, and the Carabao Cup continues its usual tradition of being the first silver to be awarded by England when the final begins on April 25.
While the FA Cup is only in the quarter-final stage, this year’s Carabao Cup finalists are already known with Pep Guardiola set for a dramatic showdown against José Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur.
According to the Times report, sporting decision makers will use both finals as a way to prepare for this summer’s illustrious euros.
Wembley Stadium will host seven games at this year’s Euro; England’s three Group D matches, a knockout round, both semi-finals before concluding with the final of the competition.
It has been noted that the FA is pushing for 30-35% of the stadium’s 90,000 capacity to be filled with spectators for the Euros (not close enough yet, in my opinion).
And lastly, it has also been claimed that there may be other opportunities for similar testing to take place before the Summer Eurocup, and EFL play-offs are also considered.