The magic of the FA Cup will return this weekend for the highly anticipated semi-finals.
Treble chasing Manchester City will face Championship side Sheffield United. The Blades are on the brink of confirming promotion back to the Premier League, but are looking to add an FA Cup final to cap off their impressive season. Pep Guardiola and his men are chasing not only the FA Cup but also the Premier League and Champions League.
In the other semi-final, Manchester United will take on high flying Brighton & Hove Albion. The Red Devils have already had one successful trip to Wembley this season, having beaten Newcastle in the Carabao Cup earlier this season. Brighton are competing for European places in the league after an incredible run under Roberto De Zerbi.
But what happens if the games finish level at the end of 90 minutes?
Will FA Cup replays return for the quarter-finals in 2023 or will the matches go straight to extra-time this weekend? Here is all you need to know:
Will there be replays in semi-finals if game ends in a draw?
For the previous two editions of the FA Cup (2020/2021 and 2021/2022) replays were scrapped for the third and fourth rounds, due to the disruption caused to the schedule by the Covid-19 pandemic. The decision was made to avoid further fixture congestion.
However, for the 2022/2023 edition of the FA Cup replays are returning for the third and fourth round. The fifth round will continue to have extra-time and penalties and there will not be replays at this stage of the tournament.
Will there be extra-time and penalties for semi-finals?
If the FA Cup semi-finals end in a draw, the matches will go to extra-time and penalties following the 90 minutes of play.
When are the FA Cup semi-finals?
The semi-finals will take place this weekend at Wembley Stadium this weekend (22 April/ 23 April). The final will also take place at Wembley in May.
The fixtures will take place on the following dates:
- 22 April - Manchester City vs Sheffield United - 4.30pm kick-off
- 23 April - Brighton & Hove Albion vs Manchester United - 4.45pm kick-off
What channels are the FA Cup semi-finals on?
ITV will be providing coverage of the Manchester City vs Sheffield United semi-final. Coverage will begin on ITV1 on Saturday at 4pm, ahead of the kick-off at 4.30pm.
BBC will be showing Brighton & Hove Albion vs Manchester United. Coverge will begin on BBC1 at 4pm on Sunday ahead of the kick-off at 4.45pm.
The two broadcasters split coverage of the FA Cup throughout the season - from the third round and deeper into the competition.
How to stream FA Cup semi-final games?
UK viewers will be able to stream all the action from the BBC games via the BBC Sport App and the BBC iPlayer. Games on ITV will also be able to stream via ITVX.
You can download the streaming services for both channels on your mobile phone or tablet device.