FA Cup semi-finals and Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend (2023)

1) Brighton can end 40 years of hurt

Manchester United and Brighton meeting at Wembley can only summon memories of the 1983 FA Cup final. Gordon Smith’s miss/Gary Bailey’s save, Ray Wilkins’ chip and maniacal celebration, Steve Foster’s ill-fated return from suspension for the replay, Ron Atkinson savouring the moment of United’s replay win. Halcyon days, but 40 years on two coaches who have hugely impressed in their first seasons in English football meet for the first time. With both Lisandro Martínez and Raphaël Varane missing, Roberto De Zerbi, with Alexis Mac Allister in midfield, leads Erik ten Hag on the number of World Cup winners available to him. Teams with a similarly attacking, high-pressing style to Brighton’s have caused Ten Hag’s team problems this season. With Evan Ferguson ruled out, the former Red Danny Welbeck will lead Brighton’s line against a patched-up defence. Ten Hag must hope Brighton freeze in the fashion Newcastle did in this season’s Carabao Cup final. The Seagulls return to the stage where they narrowly lost to Manchester City in 2019, but are a different proposition to Chris Hughton’s team, from which Lewis Dunk is the sole survivor. John Brewin

  • Brighton v Manchester United, FA Cup semi-final, Sunday 4.30pm (all times BST)

2) Blades must blunt irresistible City

If anyone deluded themselves into thinking that competing on three fronts might cause a terminal malfunction inside Manchester City’s remorseless winning machine, the shimmering mirage has made way for a world of scorched earth, electrical storms and burning skies. Having just tossed aside Bayern Munich in the Champions League like a dog mauling a chew toy, City have clanked back into juggernaut mode and are now on a streak of 15 games without defeat. To say Sheffield United, closing on automatic promotion back to the top flight, face a daunting task at Wembley would be a huge understatement, not least given City demolished Burnley, the runaway Championship winners, in their Cup quarter-final. Pep Guardiola’s side won all four meetings during the Blades’ most recent spell in the Premier League, so the underdogs will need a remarkable performance to have any hope of an upset that ends City’s treble bid. Will Magee

  • Manchester City v Sheffield United, FA Cup semi-final, Saturday 4.45pm

3) Smith Rowe still awaits time to shine

Emile Smith Rowe shares a terrace song with Bukayo Saka for good reason. Both are outstanding young players who, having come through Arsenal’s youth system, have shown themselves to be formidable operators at the highest level. But, while Saka has been fundamental to their title charge, Smith Rowe has not started a game all season. Much of that was because of long-standing injury problems but he is now fully fit and his lack of minutes has begun to raise eyebrows. During Sunday’s draw at West Ham he was not called from the bench despite a clear need for attacking urgency. If a player who scored 10 league goals last season is not to be deployed at that stage, one has to wonder when Smith Rowe will regain favour. Nobody doubts he has the ability to help Arsenal’s title ambitions; Arteta sought a discussion with the 22-year-old recently and said he is “in a very good place”. He will surely be in an even better one if he can kickstart his campaign with a big contribution against Southampton on Friday night. Nick Ames

  • Arsenal v Southampton, Premier League, Friday 8pm

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4) Flexible Trent adds extra dimension

Monday’s thrashing of Leeds was not notable only for the quality of Liverpool’s performance once they took the lead – their best of the season, according to Jürgen Klopp – but for the influence Trent Alexander-Arnold exerted and clearly enjoyed in his new, adjusted role. Klopp has maximised the 24-year-old’s strengths in the last two games by giving the right-back licence to roam in midfield when Liverpool have possession and he has been repaid with valuable assists against Arsenal and Leeds. At Elland Road, that led to 153 touches, 124 completed passes and registering his 50th Premier League assist with a sublime ball for Darwin Núñez’s final flourish. The visit of a Nottingham Forest side without a win in 10 league games provides further opportunity for Alexander-Arnold to showcase the versatility that gives Klopp an extra, perfectly timed option, with a midfield rebuild required this summer. Andy Hunter

  • Liverpool v Nottingham Forest, Saturday 3pm

5) Newcastle’s reliance on Bruno

Eddie Howe will be hoping for a positive answer following what he described as his team’s “worst performance of the season” as they lost 3-0 at Aston Villa last Saturday. Newcastle remain fourth, three points ahead of Tottenham with a game in hand, but Sunday’s meeting of Champions League hopefuls could prove pivotal. If a top-four finish remains Newcastle’s overriding aim, Howe’s problem is that the fall back of a Europa League place is far from guaranteed either. With Villa, Brighton and Liverpool all still in the running, there may be nerves on Tyneside in the weeks ahead. Bruno Guimarães is restricted by the ankle injury he has carried for some weeks. When the Brazilian plays well so, invariably, do Newcastle but the decision to delay full treatment on the ankle is informed largely by a lack of high-calibre understudies in an understaffed department. Small wonder two new midfielders – one a Declan Rice style No 6 – top a Newcastle summer shopping list also including a left-back, a right-sided centre-half and another forward. Louise Taylor

  • Newcastle v Tottenham, Sunday 2pm

6) James helps Leeds while on loan at Fulham

Marco Silva’s response to Fulham’s loss of form was telling. Aleksandar Mitrovic’s eight-match suspension appeared to have taken a toll during the meek home defeat to West Ham this month. The lightweight Carlos Vinícius made little impact after being asked to lead the line in Mitrovic’s absence and Silva used a different approach when Fulham visited Everton last weekend. The decision to play without a traditional No 9 proved inspired. Dan James played through the middle and his pace made Fulham far less predictable. Everton were unable to respond when James created space for Harry Wilson, Andreas Pereira and Willian. The Wales international, who can lack composure in the final third, even scored the final goal in an impressive 3-1 win. Javi Gracia’s struggling Leeds side have conceded 11 goals in two games and will be relieved that James, who is on loan from Elland Road, cannot hurt them the way he did their relegation rivals. Silva, meanwhile, has to shuffle his attacking options again. Jacob Steinberg

  • Fulham v Leeds United, Saturday 12.30pm

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7) Vardy’s decline mirrors Leicester woes

When Jamie Vardy was withdrawn at half-time at Manchester City last weekend it was the latest marker in a saddening slowdown. A once-prolific striker has been blunted this season; Vardy’s last goal came against MK Dons in the Carabao Cup in December. The 36-year-old has now gone 532 minutes without a shot on target, a dry run that dates back to January. Brendan Rodgers lost faith in Vardy but the striker was restored to the starting lineup this month by the interim manager, Adam Sadler, and retained by Dean Smith at the Etihad. But Smith must be tempted to start Kelechi Iheanacho, who scored a consolation goal in defeat against his former club, or Patson Daka in Vardy’s place when they host Wolves on Saturday. Vardy’s sole league goal of the season came in a comprehensive 4-0 victory at Wolves in October. How Vardy and Leicester could do with a repeat. Ben Fisher

  • Leicester v Wolves, Saturday, 3pm

8) Hodgson today but gone tomorrow

Crystal Palace’s Roy Hodgson-inspired revival has created a feelgood story for this Premier League season but the bigger picture is more worrying. Amid a flurry of recent manager sackings, nothing illustrates the short-termism of the top flight quite like hiring a 75-year-old to replace an up-and-coming managerial talent such as Patrick Vieira. Three straight wins under Hodgson appear to have ensured safety from relegation this season, but what will come next? Wouldn’t football be in a better place if young managers were given breathing space to develop, rather than being dismissed as soon as the threat of relegation looms into view? This is hardly the first time that short-termism has been identified as an issue for the Premier League, but Hodgson’s restoration shows the problem is only getting worse with each passing season, with teams afraid to risk the financially daunting drop into the Championship. Luke McLaughlin

  • Crystal Palace v Everton, Saturday 3pm

9) Toney’s and Watkins’ England battle

Brentford’s worst run of the campaign comes as Aston Villa have hit their best form. Where once Thomas Frank’s team were talked of as European contenders, now Unai Emery is being touted as a Europa League (where else?) manager next season. Should they win in west London, Villa may even feel emboldened to set their sights higher. A subplot comes in the meeting of past and present free-scoring Brentford strikers. Ivan Toney finally made his England breakthrough last month and few could argue with his form of five goals in his 10 league games. Ollie Watkins, who has faded from the national-team picture over the past year, has notched 11 in his last 12 and appears reinvigorated under Emery. A continuation of that streak would probably keep Villa’s fire burning, although Toney will expect his own say. Whoever wins out, Gareth Southgate will relish the fact two of Harry Kane’s potential deputies are in such fine nick. NA

  • Brentford v Aston Villa, Saturday 3pm

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10) Bournemouth repaying O’Neil’s faith

Gary O’Neil has cut an impressively composed figure in this campaign. During those times when results were going against Bournemouth – narrow defeats in which marginal refereeing decisions or other strokes of bad fortune cost his team – he often outlined his belief that consistent improvements were apparent in the playing group, even though they were struggling results-wise. Give us more time and we will show what we can do, was the manager’s line of argument when victories were scarce; a well-worn refrain for any relegation-threatened manager whose first concern is to hang on to their job rather than engage with reality. But happily for Bournemouth, there was substance to O’Neil’s positivity under pressure. Victories against Fulham, Leicester and Tottenham this month have lifted the promoted side to 14th; another win at home to West Ham and safety will be all but assured. LMc

  • Bournemouth v West Ham, Sunday 2pm

Pos Team P GD Pts
1 Arsenal 31 43 74
2 Man City 30 50 70
3 Man Utd 30 9 59
4 Newcastle 30 24 56
5 Tottenham Hotspur 31 12 53
6 Aston Villa 31 4 50
7 Brighton 29 17 49
8 Liverpool 30 20 47
9 Brentford 31 5 43
10 Fulham 30 1 42
11 Chelsea 31 -3 39
12 Crystal Palace 31 -9 36
13 Wolverhampton 31 -16 34
14 AFC Bournemouth 31 -28 33
15 West Ham 30 -12 31
16 Leeds 31 -20 29
17 Everton 31 -22 27
18 Nottm Forest 31 -32 27
19 Leicester 31 -14 25
20 Southampton 31 -29 23


FA Cup semi-finals and Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend? ›

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Who is favourite to win FA Cup 2023? ›

Who is the favourite to win the FA Cup? As is the case for most competitions they enter, Manchester City were the early favourites to get their hands on the FA Cup in 2022/23 despite semi-final heartbreak against Liverpool at Wembley last time out.

What teams are in the semi-final of the FA Cup? ›

We preview Manchester City v Sheffield United plus Brighton v Manchester United. This weekend sees four teams battle it out at Wembley Stadium connected by EE for a place in the final of this year's Emirates FA Cup Final.

Is the FA Cup semi-final sold out? ›

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Who will win Premier League 2023 predictions? ›

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Who is the best team not to win FA Cup? ›

Leicester City have never won the FA Cup – and are the leading Premier League club not to have lifted the world's most famous cup competition. The club holds the record for the most number of appearances in an FA Cup final without winning the competition after four defeats in 1949, 1961, 1963 and 1969.

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The two teams would meet again in a second and final attempt to determine a winner. Unlike other cup competitions, which are often decided by extra time and, if necessary, a penalty shootout, the oldest cup tournament in the world for many years declared the game drawn, and scheduled another match.

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The FA Cup is a knockout competition with teams selected randomly in a 'draw'. This 'draw' is often shown live on television and decides which team plays at their home ground and which team plays away.

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How many fans are at the FA Cup semi-final? ›

The official attendance at the 90,000-seater stadium on Saturday was 69,602.

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You can buy tickets for all the FA Cup games and FA Cup 2022-2023 Final tickets for matches featuring all English clubs on LiveFootballTickets.com website. We have tickets for every FA Cup match you want to attend.

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It was also known as the Ronnie Radford Giant-Killer Award, named after the Hereford United midfielder whose long-range goal against Newcastle United in a 1971–72 Third Round Replay helped bring about one of the FA Cup's most notable giant-killings.

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France won its first World Cup and handed Brazil its heaviest World Cup defeat in one swoop in 1998. Despite being in front of the home crowd, France were still underdogs, but the 3-0 victory stands as the largest shutout victory in a World Cup Final.

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The Stanley Cup is without a doubt the hardest championship trophy to win in all of professional sports.

Who is the best striker in the Premier League 2023? ›

The best striker in the Premier League in 2023, taking only goal into account, is on fire Aston Villa ace Ollie Watkins. The former Brentford man has been in fantastic form since the turn of the year but put in one of his best displays of the season against Newcastle on Saturday afternoon.

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Who is most likely to win Premier League? ›

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Who won the FA Cup when never scored? ›

Which team Won the FA Cup Final and Never scored? Yeah they done well since ! : 0 - The last team to win the FA Cup without conceding a goal were Bury in 1902-03.” We used to be good, what went wrong. : 0 - The last team to win the FA Cup without conceding a goal were Bury in 1902-03.

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The draw was made on 17 October 2022 by Dion Dublin and Alan Smith. The round included six teams from the seventh tier, the lowest-ranked teams remaining in the competition: Alvechurch, Bracknell Town, Coalville Town, Merthyr Town, Needham Market, and South Shields.

Who won the FA Cup when nobody scored? ›

The Villa secured a sensational goal early in the game, and although they had the best of play subsequently, and were certainly the superior team, they never scored again, securing the cup by the narrow margin of 1 goal to 0.

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If a player is sent off in the first leg of the semi-finals, they miss the second leg but will be eligible for the final. The only way a player can miss the final is by receiving a red card in the second leg of the semi-finals, or if they were handed a retrospective ban.

What happens if its a draw at full time in the FA Cup? ›


(ii) When a replayed match is drawn after 90 minutes, an extra 30 minutes shall be played and 15 minutes shall be played in each half.

What happens if you get a red card in a semi final? ›

A red card is shown by a referee to signify that a player must be sent off. A player who has been sent off is required to leave the field of play immediately, must take no further part in the game and cannot be replaced by a substitute, forcing their team to play with one fewer player.

Who has the most FA Cups in history? ›

Arsenal hold the record for the highest number of FA Cup wins, having claimed the trophy 14 times, most recently in 2020.

Which coach has won the most FA Cups? ›

Arsene Wenger is the competition's most successful manager, leading Arsenal to seven FA Cup victories during his tenure at the club. The Frenchman was a pioneer in the English game and his name will forever be associated with its oldest trophy.

Has a small team ever won the FA Cup? ›

1987 FA Cup Final: Coventry City 3, Tottenham Hotspur 2

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The English FA Cup Winner 2022/23 favourites are: Man City, Man Utd. You can choose among the great variety of English FA Cup betting options available, including betting on Man City to win in Man City v Man Utd at odds of 1.5, betting on Man City to win in English FA Cup at odds of 1.36.

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Who are bookies Favourite for FA Cup? ›

Match Odds & Betting Tips

Manchester City are currently the favourites to win the FA Cup final, with odds of 4/11, while Manchester United are priced at 2/1.

Who is the best team in FA Cup history? ›

Arsenal are the most successful club in FA Cup history. The Gunners have lifted the trophy 14 times, making 21 final appearances. They won their first FA Cup in 1930 and have been a dominant force in the competition in more recent years.

Who is the most successful in FA Cup? ›

Arsenal FC currently leads the way with 14 FA Cup titles to the club's name, the most recent win having come in 2020.
Clubs with the most FA Cup titles from 1872 to 2022.
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Arsenal FC14
Manchester United12
Chelsea FC8
Tottenham Hotspur8
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Which player won the most FA Cups? ›

Individual records
  • Most wins and final appearances. The record for most FA Cup wins by a player is held by Ashley Cole, who has won it seven times (with Arsenal in 2002, 2003 and 2005, and Chelsea in 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2012). ...
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Can USA qualify for World Cup 2023? ›

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Saudi Arabia unanimously chosen to host December's FIFA Club World Cup, new 32-team format to start in 2025 - Eurosport.

How did Portugal qualify for World Cup 2023? ›

Haiti and Portugal qualify for FIFA Women's World Cup for first time ever after thrilling playoff victories. The two nations advance to this year's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand after winning their group finals in the Intercontinental Playoffs on 22 February.

Which is the most predictable sport bet? ›

Football is recognized as one of the most predictable sports in betting. It is a common sport, so there is a lot of information available for analyzing and predicting. Football enjoys worldwide popularity, so matches are played almost every day.

Do you win more money if you bet on the fan favorite? ›

Since underdogs are considered less likely to win, the sportsbooks offer bigger, more attractive payouts for betting on them. This means that if you bet on them and win, you stand to make substantially more money than if you win a bet on the favorite.

Will you win if you always bet on the Favourite? ›

What various academic and recreational research from bettors has found is betting on favourites generally allows you to lose more slowly. This isn't a great long-term strategy, but as a starting point it at least demonstrates that betting the favourite is rarely a bad bet.


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