Shamefully, the FA Cup fifth Spherical takes place throughout mid-week relatively than at a weekend, and the disgrace is compounded by the truth that there may also be no replays. And all to fulfill the calls of the homeowners of half a dozen golf equipment for whom the FA Cup is an unwelcomed distraction (till the semi-finals that’s).
And as a way to accommodate the TV corporations’ necessities to indicate reside matches, too, all eight video games will kick off at totally different instances over the course of two nights straddling February and March.
Tuesday twenty-eighth February, 7.15 pm – Dwell on ITV 4
Stoke Metropolis (EFL Championship) vs Brighton and Hove Albion (Premier League)
That is one of many eight ties to not contain a previous winner of the FA Cup, with each golf equipment’s sole appearances in a Cup Closing to date ending in defeat to 1 or different of the 2 important Manchester golf equipment.
Stoke Metropolis really maintains the report for many varieties of campaigns earlier than showing in an FA Cup Closing, reaching the feat in what was the membership’s 118th try to get there twelve years in the past.
The 2 golf equipment met as soon earlier than within the FA Cup, at this similar stage of the competitors throughout that run to the Closing for the Potteries aspect, who gained the sport 3-0 because of first-half targets from John Carew, Jonathan Walters, and Ryan Shawcross when the Seagulls had been two divisions under their opponents.
An analogous outcome this season could be thought to be a little bit of a Cupset.
Tuesday twenty-eighth February, 7.30 pm – Dwell on BBC iPlayer
Leicester Metropolis (Premier League) vs Blackburn Rovers (EFL Championship)
Leicester Metropolis gained the FA Cup simply two years in the past setting brand new competitors to report by lifting the Trophy for the primary time in what was their fifth Cup Closing look.
Blackburn Rovers haven’t gained the Cup for 95 years when doing so for the sixth time, and the membership hasn’t appeared at this stage of the competitors for six years.
It’s the fourth time the 2 golf equipment have been drawn collectively within the competitors and the Premier League aspect has a two-to-one win ratio in previous conferences. Nevertheless, it was a late Paul Dickov penalty that settled the tie in favor of Blackburn Rovers when the 2 sides finally met in what was a Quarter Closing match 18 years in the past.
Once more, the same outcome could be thought about as a minor Cupset regardless of being separated by solely 10 locations throughout their respective divisions.
Tuesday twenty-eighth February, 7.45 pm – Dwell on BBC One
Fulham (Premier League) vs Leeds United (Premier League)
That is considered one of solely two all-Premier League ties on this 12 months fifth Spherical and, regardless of the golf equipment having 212 FA Cup campaigns between them, it is going to remarkably be the primary time they’ve met one another within the competitors.
Leeds United have now been drawn away from residence within the FA Cup for twelve consecutive instances, a report equalling sequence within the ‘Correct’ Rounds of the competitors, and the Yorkshire membership are into the final 16 for the primary time in seven years and need to make the Quarter Finals for the primary time in twenty.
Fulham’s latest report isn’t that lot better with this being their first look within the fifth spherical for six years and it being 13 years since they themselves final made the Quarter Finals.
Respective league kind and present standings recommend a win for the house aspect could be the anticipated final result, however, the guests may gain an advantage from new supervisor bounce syndrome.
Tuesday twenty-eighth February, 8.0pm – Dwell on ITV 1
Bristol Metropolis (EFL Championship) vs Manchester Metropolis (Premier League)
Bristol Metropolis needs to make the final eight of the FA Cup for the primary time in 49 years and couldn’t face an extra daunting prospect to attempt to obtain it than going through present Premier League Champions Manchester Metropolis. Their opponents are of their eighth successive fifth spherical tie and have made it at the least so far as the Semi-Finals in all of their final 4 campaigns.
Regardless of 240 cumulative FA Cup campaigns between them, this would be the first time the 2 golf equipment have met within the competitors and a victory for mid-table Bristol Metropolis could be extremely sudden.
The glimmer of hope for the Robins is that the final time Manchester Metropolis misplaced at this stage of the competitors it was to an aspect from exterior the Premier League, from a division even decrease than theirs.
Wednesday 1st March, 7.15 pm – Dwell on ITV 4
Southampton (Premier League) vs Grimsby City (EFL Two)
This tie has banana pores and skin written throughout it as the backside of the Premier League host the bottom-ranked aspect nonetheless standing on this 12 months’ competitors, a membership that has already knocked out 4 opponents with the next league standing than their very own.
Grimsby City needs to turn into the primary membership from the fourth tier to seem within the final eight of the FA Cup since Cambridge United did so in 1990, and are attempting to attain the feat for the primary time for themselves since the final doing so within the remaining marketing campaign earlier than World Warfare II broke out.
That is the fourth time the 2 sides have been drawn collectively within the FA Cup with the Saints forward by two wins to 1 in previous conferences. It took three video games to separate them final time when two divisions aside 45 years, however after two goal-less attracts Southampton gained the third sport 4-1 at Leicester Metropolis’s Filbert Road floor.
Southampton has a great latest report within the FA Cup going past the fifth spherical in each of the final two seasons and twice making the final 4 up to now 5 years. Nevertheless, would a continued run on this season’s competitors be an excessive amount of a distraction from their efforts to retain their Premier League standing? A Cupset may very effectively be on the playing cards.
Wednesday 1st March, 7.30 pm – Dwell on BBC iPlayer
Burnley (EFL Championship) vs Fleetwood City (EFL One)
On paper, this sport needs to be a formality because the runaway leaders of the Championship host mid-table opposition from the league. Burnley has scored on common two targets per sport within the league this season, though they made exhausting work of seeing off one other EFL One aspect within the final spherical, needing a late objective to defeat Ipswich City in a replay.
The anticipated win for Burnley would take the membership into the Quarter Finals for the primary time in 20 years.
The 2 sides have by no means met within the FA Cup earlier than which isn’t too shocking as that is the primary time Fleetwood has ever made the final 16 of the competitors within the membership’s historical past, in what’s their twenty-fourth marketing campaign.
As a consequence of the membership’s personal report run, a brand new competitors report has additionally been set as it’s the first time ever that two pieces of golf equipment with names starting with the latter ‘F’ have each appeared within the fifth spherical in the identical season.
Wednesday 1st March, 7.45 pm – Dwell on ITV 1
Manchester United (Premier League) vs West Ham United (Premier League)
That is the second of two all-Premier League fifth spherical ties, however not like the primary one the place the golf equipment have by no means met within the competitors, it is a quite common pairing certainly. That is the eleventh time the 2 sides have been drawn collectively within the FA Cup with Manchester United forward by six wins to 4 in previous conferences.
The golf equipment finally met the competitors at this stage simply two years in the past which wasn’t settled till a Scott McTominay strike within the first half of additional time. That was the fourth successive win for Manchester United while the Hammers final defeated the Reds within the Cup 22 years in the past because of a well-known Paulo Di Canio objective.
It’s seven years since West Ham final appeared in the FA Cup Quarter Finals while Manchester United has completed so in every season since then aside from the final 12 months. A victory for the Reds would equal the report for appearances within the final eight of the competitors.
Wednesday 1st March, 7.55 pm – Dwell on BBC One
Sheffield United (EFL Championship) vs Tottenham Hotspur (Premier League)
That is the one-fifth spherical tie to contain two pieces of golf equipment which have met one another in an FA Cup Closing earlier than, though circumstances for the golf equipment had been very totally different once they met within the 1901 Closing. Tottenham Hotspur famously grew to become the primary and solely non-league aspect to raise the Trophy with a 3-1 replay victory at Bolton Wanderers’ Burnden Park floor.
The Blades have gained the 2 subsequent instances they’ve confronted Spurs within the Cup, however, the sides haven’t met the competitors for 65 years once they gained 3-0 with the identical divisional standing that the 2 golf equipment maintain this season.
Sheffield United are wanting comfy in a second spot in the Championship and with residence benefit on this tie shall be trying to trigger a Cupset and make it to their third Quarter Closing in 4 years, with Spurs having additionally exited at this stage of the competitors in every of the final three seasons.
Eight instances FA Cup winners Spurs maintain a number of competitors data with the newest one being set when Arnaut Danjuma netted the third objective of their 3-0 win at Preston North Finish within the final spherical to return the membership to the highest of the general scoring charts within the FA Cup’s historical past.