FA Cup Quarter Final Preview | Excitement Galore in 2023 FA Cup


The 2022/23 FA Cup has reached the quarter-final stage And the competition is shaping up to be one of the most exciting in years. of the eight teams remaining, four come from the lower leagues. Live FA Cup games on TV are shown through a shared coverage agreement between BBC and ITV in the UK.

Let’s take a look at each of the individual games that lie in store for us this weekend here are three championship teams in Burnley Sheffield United and Blackburn Rovers and the league 2 team in Grimsby Town. Grimsby are the first team from outside the top 3 flights in English football to reach this stage of the competition since Lincoln City in 2016/17 and only the second since Cambridge United in 1989/90. In fact, they’re only the sixth team ever from outside the top three divisions to reach this stage of the competition. This weekend and they will try to do what the other 5 could not do, and advance to the semi-finals.


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Let’s take a look at each of the individual games that lie in store for us this weekend.

FA Cup Quarter Final | Manchester City vs Burnley

Saturday 18 March | 1745 GMT | BBC Live Streaming

Manchester City vs Burnley FA Cup Quarter Final

Second in the Premier League take on the runaway Championship leaders in our first game.

Six-time winners Manchester City, seeking their second triumph of the Pep Guardiola era, take on former City legend Vincent Kompany and his Burnley side, who have almost clinched promotion back to the Premier League with 9 games left in the Championship season. Burnley won the FA Cup once, way back in 1913-14 but will need to pull off one of the biggest upsets of all time if they are to advance past this round, let alone win the competition outright.

City are chasing a treble this season, and while the FA Cup is secondary to both the Premier League and Champions League a ruthless obsessed winner like Guardiola will never turn his nose up at silverware.

To get to the stage City hammered Chelsea 4-0,  follow that up by beating Arsenal 1-0, and then breezed past Bristol City by 3 goals to nil.  this will be their third home game in the competition and as they showed in midweek while smashing RB Leipzig 7-0, they are very comfortable on their own pitch.

Burnley’s path took them to Bournemouth in round three, where a 4-2 victory saw them move on to the fourth round. They struggled against Ipswich, a 0-0 draw at Portman Road was followed by a 2-1 victory at Turf Moor that required a last-gasp Nathan Tella winner. In round five they saw off Fleetwood Town by a single goal to nil to earn this glamour tie.

FA Cup Quarter Final | Sheffield United vs Blackburn Rovers

Sunday 19 March | 1200 GMT | ITV Live Streaming

Sheffield United vs Blackburn Rovers FA Cup Quarter Final

An all-Championship affair in the early kick-off on Sunday, as two promotion contenders come face to face in a match that likely means less to either team than it would if there were three points on the line.

The Blades, who have won this competition four times – the last of which was in 1924/25,  currently sit second in the Championship and while they are 13 points behind Burnley, they do hold a six-point lead on the teams below them and will be hopeful that they have enough of a cushion to survive what will be a hectic last couple of months to the season.

Rovers, who won the last of their six FA Cups in 1927/28, are fifth in the Championship, nine points behind United but do hold a five-point lead over seventh-placed Norwich which gives them some breathing room should they have any sort of wobble. Rovers are a strange team, they didn’t draw any of their first 27 league matches this season, then drew four in a row, and haven’t drawn any of their last five. They seem to operate on a wins-and-losses-only basis, which makes them fun.

United went south and knocked out Millwall in the third round, before taking on everyone’s favourite Welsh team owned by a movie star in Wrexham in the fourth round. A 3-3 draw, rescued by John Egan’s last-minute goal, sent the game to a replay at Brammel Lane, and on home turf, the Blades ran out 3-1 winners. They then pulled off one of the biggest upsets in this year’s competition by beating Tottenham 1-0 and ending Harry Kane’s hopes of this finally being the season he won a trophy.

Blackburn beat Norwich 1-0 away from home in the third round, before struggling past a mediocre Birmingham team who put up more of a fight than expected. After a 2-2 draw at Ewood Park, they went to the midlands and edged past the second city club 1-0 after extra time. In the fifth round, like United, they pulled off an upset over Premier League opponents as they knocked out Leicester 2-1 at the King Power Stadium.

FA Cup Quarter Final | Brighton vs Grimsby Town

Sunday 19 March | 1415 GMT | BBC Live Streaming

Brighton vs Grimsby Town FA Cup Quarter Final

Are we set for one of the biggest FA Cup upsets in history? Will we see the continuation of one of the great FA Cup runs in memory? Or will this be the end of the road for the League Two side who have defied the odds to get here?

Brighton are having arguably the greatest season in club history, currently sitting 7th in the Premier League and aiming to win the first major honour in club history. The closest they’ve come was losing the 1982/83 FA Cup final to Manchester United in a replay. Roberto De Zerbi has them playing arguably the most attractive football in the Premier League and it will be fascinating to see how much more he can improve them after a pre-season and a chance to bring in players of his own choosing.

Grimsby’s mere presence at this stage of the competition is a huge shock. They are in League Two, and it’s not as if they are even one of the better teams at that level. They currently sit 15th in the table, 11 points outside the play-off spots, and with little to no chance of promotion.

To reach this point of the competition, Brighton have walloped Middlesbrough 5-1 on Teeside, knocked out Liverpool with a 2-1 win, and gone to Stoke on a cold and windy Tuesday night and come away with a 1-0 win. They have their eyes fixed on Wembley and should be taken seriously as a dark horse to win the entire competition.

Grimsby’s magical run began with a sensational 5-1 first-round win over Plymouth, who at the time were top of League One. They then knocked out another League One team in Cambridge, before making it a hat-trick with a victory over Burton Albion in round three. They stepped up in class, earning a draw away to Luton before dispatching the Championship side with a 3-0 spanking at Cleethorpes and finally they put an end to Southampton’s hopes of a season-salvaging cup run by going to St. Mary’s and stunning the Premier League side with a 2-1 victory. This really has been magical, mythical stuff from The Mariners but they want more. Grimsby have twice reached the semi-final stage, in 1935/36 and 1938/39, and they’d love to do it again. This would mean even more though, as they were a top-flight club when they managed it before.

FA Cup Quarter Final | Manchester United vs Fulham

Sunday 19 March | 1630 GMT | ITV Live Streaming

Manchester United vs Fulham FA Cup Quarter Final

The only all Premier League clash in the quarter-final and likely not one people would have predicted before the season.

Twelve-time winners of the FA Cup Manchester United, under Erik Ten Hag, are in the first season of a proper rebuild and results have been somewhat mixed. There’s been plenty of good, such as winning the EFL Cup, advancing deep in the Europa League, and sitting third in the Premier League, but there’s been plenty of bad as well. They’ve been hammered by Brentford, Manchester City, and most recently by Liverpool. 7-0 that one ended, you might have heard? 7-0.

Fulham’s season has gone better than they could have hoped on their return to the Premier League. They sit 9th in the table, ahead of Chelsea, and will fancy their chances of an upset at Old Trafford on Sunday given the absence of Casemiro, who has arguably been United’s best and most important player across the course of this season.

United will play at home for the fourth straight time in this season’s FA Cup and will hope to add Fulham’s name to Everton, Reading, and West Ham who have all been beaten on their run to the quarter-final. They’ve actually all been beaten 3-1, which is just a bit weird.

Fulham went to Hull in round three and came away with a 2-0 win over tricky opponents, before struggling past Sunderland. A 1-1 draw at home meant to a trip north to just south of Iceland, where they edged a thrilling game 3-2. In the fifth round, they took care of business beating Leeds 2-0.

Fulham have never won the FA Cup. They reached the final once before, in 1974/75, but lost to West Ham. Given that so many Premier League teams have already fallen by the wayside, a victory over United could see them primed for a return to the final.

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How to watch FA Cup Quarter Final 2023 match from anywhere…

FA Cup matches for the 2022/23 season will be streamed live between BBC and ITV, as well as their respective apps for iPhone, iPad, Android, Smart TV, Now TV, FireTV etc.

But these streaming services are not available to everyone, for example when you load BBC iPlayer or ITVx in the USA, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, France, Spain, Portugal, Australia, Dubai, Canada etc. you will get an error message.

BBC iplayer only works in the uk. Sorry, it’s due to rights issues.

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How can I watch ITV Sport FA Cup matches live?

The FA Cup will be broadcast entirely on free-to-air television in 2022 after ITV announced a four-year broadcast deal with the Football Association. ITV has revealed it will screen 20 live matches per season in the world’s oldest football competition from 2021/22 to 2024/25, sharing coverage with the BBC from the opening round through to the final.

ITV will have the first and fourth choices of the second and fourth rounds and the quarter-finals as well as second and third selections for the first, third and fifth rounds. Matches will be screen on terrestrial TV as well as ITV.com and ITV Hub apps on various devices.


How can I watch BBC Sport FA Cup matches live?

With Premier League Pay-Per-View now scrapped, the BBC gets their live action once again through their FA Cup rights.  They also offer free FA Cup and Premier League VPN 20/21 highlights, with Match of the Day and Match of the Day 2, available live when screened on the BBC Sport website, and also on catchup with BBC iPlayer.

Furthermore; ITV Sport and BBC Sport aren’t the only geographically-censored streaming services a VPN or Proxy will allow you to access.  Other UK services like Sky Sports, Now TV, BBC iPlayer, Amazon Prime, BT Sport, All 4 and BritBox are available. Plus with the option to switch to our USA service whenever you like, you can access Hulu, HBO GO, Netflix and Pandora.  Essentially you can access international content from virtually anywhere!