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FA Cup quarter-final predictions, fixtures and results: 18 – 19 March 2023

It’s time for the quarter-finals of this season’s FA Cup, as the eight remaining clubs have the Wembley Stadium arch in their sights.

An eclectic draw sees a couple of giants remaining alongside some unusual faces at the last eight stage.

The two halves of Manchester bookend the four fixtures, with the action building towards the Old Trafford clash between Manchester United and Fulham on Sunday.

It’s an opportunity to push for a second piece of silverware this season for Erik ten Hag’s men, who have already lifted the League Cup trophy having also gone strong in the Uefa Europa League.

The Red Devils knocked out Premier League rivals in Round Five, having also dispensed with Reading and Everton amid a clean sweep on home turf.

Marco Silva’s side earned their trip to the north west by also beating EPL rivals in the form of Leeds.

Manchester City kick off the quarter-finals when they welcome local foes Burnley and a familiar face to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday evening.

City legend Vincent Kompany will be in the away technical area to lead the Clarets against Pep Guardiola’s giants, ahead of the pair’s likely reunion in the top flight next season, such is the runaway form of the Belgian’s current team.

Second tier Bristol City were no match for Guardiola’s side in the last round, with Arsenal and Chelsea forming an eye-catching pair of victims in the third and fourth rounds at the Etihad.

And could another giant killing be on the cards on the south coast for Grimsby?

The fourth tier club were only promoted back to the Football League via the play-offs last season, but produced that famous Cup magic to see off sorry Southampton in the fifth round, setting up a tie with Brighton.

Burton Albion and Luton were the Mariners’ other victims since the turn of the year, with the club having already knocked out last season’s darlings Cambridge and League One high-flyers Plymouth in an odyssey of a campaign.

Now they go to the Amex Stadium to tackle the Seagulls, who have dealt with Stoke, Liverpool and Middlesbrough in setting themselves up for a Wembley charge.

And there’s a guaranteed appearance for a second tier side at the famous stadium, as Championship duo Sheffield United and Blackburn go head-to-head at Bramall Lane on Sunday lunchtime.

The Blades pulled off a heroic victory over Tottenham at the last hurdle, having already beaten Wrexham and Millwall along the way.

Rovers pulled off a fifth round heist of their own away to Leicester, backing up an extra-time replay win at Birmingham and a victory at Norwich at the third round stage.

Manchester City vs Burnley

Result predictionManchester City to win
Over/Under predictionover 2.5 goals
HT / FT predictiondraw / Manchester City to win
Team to Score predictionboth teams
Anytime Goalscorer predictionR. Mahrez(Manchester City)
P. Foden(Manchester City)

Sheffield United vs Blackburn

Result predictionSheffield United to win
Over/Under predictionover 2.5 goals
HT / FT predictiondraw / Sheffield United to win
Team to Score predictionboth teams
Anytime Goalscorer predictionn/a

Brighton vs Grimsby

Result predictionBrighton & Hove Albion to win
Over/Under predictionover 2.5 goals
HT / FT predictiondraw / Brighton & Hove Albion to win
Team to Score predictionboth teams
Anytime Goalscorer predictionG. Holohan(Grimsby Town)
H. Clifton(Grimsby Town)

Manchester United vs Fulham

Result predictionManchester United to win
Over/Under predictionover 2.5 goals
HT / FT predictiondraw / Manchester United to win
Team to Score predictionboth teams
Anytime Goalscorer predictionn/a

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