The favourites to win the FA Cup 2022/23 - ranked

James Cormack
The FA Cup is up for grabs
The FA Cup is up for grabs / Alex Pantling/GettyImages

It's significance may pale in comparison to vintage iterations, but the magic of the FA Cup will never disappear.

While Grimsby Town were unable to continue on their unforgettable journey, the quarter-final draw guaranteed one FA Cup semi-finalist from the EFL. That spot was snatched by Sheffield United after they beat Championship rivals Blackburn Rovers in a thrilling quarter-final on Sunday.

They'll join two of the so-called Big Six and Premier League hotshots Brighton in the last four.

Here's how 90min ranks the teams left in the FA Cup by their likelihood of lifting the trophy.

4. Sheffield United

Tommy Doyle
Tommy Doyle's late strike sent Sheffield United into the FA Cup semi-finals / James Williamson - AMA/GettyImages

Tommy Doyle's late winner was worthy of winning any contest, with his screamer sending the Blades into their first FA Cup semi-final since 2014.

It's been a pretty wild journey for the Sheffield side thus far. After scraping beyond Wrexham in the fourth round, a heavily-rotated Blades side beat Tottenham to set up a quarter-final tie with Blackburn.

The topsy-turvy encounter eventually ended in the home side's favour, and they'll take on Man City in a Wembley semi-final. While progression into their first FA Cup final since 1936 is unlikely, it'll be some day out for Sheffield United supporters.



3. Brighton & Hove Albion

Roberto De Zerbi
Roberto De Zerbi is hoping to lead Brighton to their first-ever FA Cup triumph / James Gill - Danehouse/GettyImages

Brighton have little to no pedigree in this competition, but they have a real chance of doing something magical this season. They have never won the FA Cup and have reached the final just once in their 121-year history (1983).

They're now just a game away from the competition's showpiece event after they eased past Grimsby in the quarter-finals.

The draw has been kind to the Seagulls in the wake of their victory over Liverpool in round four to help them advance into the semi-finals, where Man Utd await.

Every neutral is willing De Zerbi's side on.

2. Manchester United

Marcel Sabitzer
Marcel Sabitzer's winner sent Man Utd into the last four / Michael Regan/GettyImages

The Red Devils were aided by the swiftest of capitulations by Fulham on Sunday after Willian was sent off following VAR intervention. Both Marco Silva and Aleksandar Mitrovic, who gave the visitors the lead, received their marching orders in a matter of seconds as United quickly overturned their goal deficit.

Marcel Sabitzer's clever winner put the Carabao Cup champions into the last four, where a tricky semi-final tie against Brighton awaits.

While United will be favoured, the Seagulls have proven their competence against the Premier League's best this season. It's bound to be an enthralling clash under the Wembley arch.

1. Manchester City

Erling Haaland, Phil Foden
Man City are firing on all cylinders right now / Clive Brunskill/GettyImages

Considering their League Cup dominance since Pep Guardiola took the reins, it's pretty remarkable that Man City have lifted just one FA Cup during the Spaniard's tutelage thus far.

The Citizens have now reached the semi-finals of the competition five seasons in a row, but they haven't reached the final since they lifted the cup in 2019.

Despite United's resurgence, City are the best team left and they've found their groove over the past week. After putting seven past RB Leipzig, the CItizens thumped Burnley 6-0 to progress into the last four.

While Guardiola may have both the Premier League and Champions League to think about by the time their FA Cup semi-final rolls around, they'll be huge favourites against Sheffield United and will be expected to beat either Man Utd or Brighton in the final.