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Clear favourites in the FA Cup Quarter-Finals

Angelos Anastassopoulos March 2, 2023

The FA Cup 5th Round was chock-full of major upsets. That is what makes the Cup so unique and so loved all over the land and the world. The FA Cup Quarter-Finals draw produced clear favourites. See the odds for the four ties (expected to be held on the 18th and 19th of March) and the outright odds for the FA Cup 2023 winner.

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FA Cup Quarter-Finals Odds

Let us see the FA Cup Quarter-Finals, as produced by the draw, as well as the odds for each game individually. We remind you that in case of a draw (from the 5th Round onwards) there is no replay. Ties are settled by extra time and penalties.

Manchester United vs Fulham

Manchester United Fulham Garnacho

United are still alive in the hunt for the Quadruple. They have already won the EFL Cup, they are continuing at the Europa League Round of 16 (where the Red Devils eliminated Barcelona) and the FA Cup and they are theoretically still capable of winning the Premier League, even if they are 11 points behind Arsenal (but with one game in hand).

In the 5th Round, United eliminated West Ham at Old Trafford. The game was heading to extra time, but Alejandro Garnacho’s 90th-minute goal gave the team the lead. Fred also scored, to form the final score of 3-1. Fulham had an easier time, comfortably beating Leeds United 2-0.

Manchester United and Fulham have met once this year, in London, for the Premier League. It was on the 13th of November, the final tie before the World Cup break. United won 2-1, again thanks to Garnacho injury-time goal.

Erik ten Hag’s Red Devils are the favourites to win this one and qualify from the FA Cup Quarter-Finals. United’s qualification (regardless if it’s in regulation, extra time, or penalties) is offered at 1.20, while Fulham’s is at 4.00.

Manchester City vs Burnley

Vincent Kompany Manchester City Burnley

This shall be an emotional meeting in Manchester. City’s legendary captain, Vincent Kompany, led the team to 12 major trophy victories (nearly half of what the club has won in 143 years of existence). Now he returns to the Etihad as Burnley’s manager to face his mentor, Pep Guardiola. He has created the Championship’s Man City, so to speak. His Burnley is the most dominant team we have seen in the second tier of English football in a long time and you can see Guardiola’s mark on the Clarets’ way of playing.

And yet, qualification to the FA Cup Quarter-Finals was not easy. League One side Fleetwood Town kept Burnley in check for 90 minutes, playing half of the game one man down. Right-back Connor Roberts gave the solution with his first-ever cup competition goal, in the 90th minute of regulation.

Manchester City had an easier evening at the Southwest, beating Bristol City 3-0. The Cityzens’ main pursues this season are the Champions League and the Premier League, but if they manage to win all three competitions, they will accomplish something done only 9 times in European football. Winning the domestic double and Champions League (or European Cup as it was called up to 1992), has been done twice by Barcelona (2009, 2015) and Bayern (2013, 2020) and once by Celtic (1967), Ajax (1972), PSV Eindhoven (1988), Manchester United (1999), and Inter Milan (2010).

City are the clear favourites in this FA Cup Quarter-Finals tie against Kompany’s Burnley. They are offered at 1.10 to qualify for the semis while visiting Burnley are at 6.20.

Brighton vs Grimsby Town

Grimsby Town at the FA Cup Quarter-Finals

The Premier League’s biggest surprise of the season is hosting the FA Cup’s biggest Cinderella in years. Allow us to start with the visiting team, as they accomplished something extraordinary by beating Premier League’s Southampton.

The Mariners reached the FA Cup Quarter-Finals for the first time in 84 years, bringing joy to the small town of Grimsby. The most successful club in Lincolnshire had to spend the season one division below rivals Lincoln City. Whatever happens in the FA Cup Quarter-Finals match against Brighton, the season will be a success for Grimsby.

In order to get here, the Mariners had to punch above their height on multiple occasions. They beat three League One sides (namely Plymouth, Cambridge, and Burton) and one team from the Championship (Luton), before kicking out Premier League strugglers Southampton.

Brighton is, of course, the toughest opponent they will face. The Seagulls are comfortably sitting in the top half of the Premier League standings, having legitimate claims to a European football spot for next season. In order to get to the FA Cup Quarter-Finals, Brighton beat Stoke City away from home, more easily than the 1-0 scoreline might suggest.

Brighton are certainly the clear favourites. Them winning this FA Cup Quarter-Finals tie is offered at 1.10, at the best football betting sites. Grimsby’s qualification is valued at 6.20.

Sheffield United vs Blackburn

Sheffield United and Blackburn are both fighting for promotion to the Premier League. The Blades are second in the English Championship standings, behind the amazing Burnley, and seem destined to win the second automatic promotion spot. Blackburn are currently in the playoffs picture, but this is a crowded space and every week the deck is reshuffled.

Sheffield United caused the second biggest upset in the previous round (behind Grimsby’s historic win) to find themselves in the FA Cup Quarter-Finals. Thanks to Iliman Ndiaye’s goal, the Blades beat Spurs 1-0 and they may have sentenced Tottenham to yet another trophy-less season.

Blackburn Rovers also had to beat a Premier League team to get to the FA Cup Quarter-Finals. And they did exactly that, by getting a 2-1 victory in Leicester’s home ground.

Sheffield United have already faced each other once this year in the Championship. The Blades won this one 3-0. Interestingly enough, the two shall meet again (this time in Blackburn) this coming Saturday.

United are the favourites to win both their Saturday Championship tie and the FA Cup Quarter-Finals game against Blackburn. Their qualification is offered at 1.50, while the one of the Roses can be encountered as high as 2.55.

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Who will win the FA Cup

It is of no surprise that the four Premier League teams left (the fewest in the FA Cup Quarter-Finals since 2008) are the favourites to win the whole thing. Taking a look at the odds, they perfectly reflect the eight teams’ league positions as of the time of the draw.

FA Cup Quarter-Finals Odds

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