The FA Cup 4th Round – A Guide to What’s In Store for Football Fans

It’s flu season in the UK, but footie fans are just as likely to have FA Cup fever at the moment, as the competition’s fourth-round matches are about to take place. So which teams are still contenders for the football cup and which matches can you watch from the comfort of your armchair this weekend?

The Fourth Round of the FA Cup – Which Matches Will be Televised?

Anyone wanting to watch some FA Cup action on TV will be spoilt for choice this weekend, as six of the fourth-round matches will be broadcast live in the UK. The first of these takes place tonight; tune into BBC One at 19.55 and you can watch Yeovil Town play Manchester United at Huish Park.

BT Sport 2 subscribers can watch a trio of fourth-round ties tomorrow. The channel is set to show Peterborough United’s clash with Leicester City at 12.30 and Newport County vs Tottenham Hotspur at 17.30. The last live broadcast of the day will take place at 19.45, when Liverpool take on West Bromwich Albion at Anfield.

The final televised fourth-round matches of the weekend take place on Sunday. Chelsea’s tie with Newcastle United will be shown on BT Sport 2 at 13.30, while Cardiff City and Manchester City fans can watch their teams in action on BBC One at 16.00.

Which Teams Will be Taking Part in the Remaining 4th Round Ties?

Unless you’re lucky enough to have tickets to the rest of the games, you’ll only be able to watch the highlights on TV. However, there should be plenty of those to see if the draw is anything to go by.

Championship teams Sheffield Wednesday and Reading meet at Hillsborough tonight while the remaining ties take place on Saturday at 15.00.

Birmingham City, who are struggling to keep themselves off the bottom of the Championship League table, will be heading to the Kirklees Stadium to take on the Premier League’s Huddersfield Town. Hull City are at home to their Championship rivals Nottingham Forest, while Middlesbrough, their fellow Championship competitors, face Premiership side Brighton & Hove Albion at the Riverside Stadium.

League One strugglers Rochdale will travel to the Den to take on Championship side Millwall, while the MK Dons, who are currently in League One’s relegation zone, play League Two’s Coventry City.

Notts County will be taking time out from their campaign to be promoted to League One to see if they can triumph against the Premier League’s Swansea City, while Championship teams Sheffield United and Preston North End clash at Bramall Lane.

Southampton will be hoping that the home advantage will come into play when they take on Watford at St. Mary’s Stadium, while Wigan Athletic fans will be out in force as the League One side takes on top flight club West Ham at the DW Stadium.

The FA Cup – The Fifth Round and Beyond

The victors of the fourth-round ties will still have plenty to do if they want to get their hands on the glittering football cup. The draw for the fifth-round matches is scheduled to take place on Monday 29 January. The winners of those ties will then need to progress through the quarter-finals and semi-finals to reach the final showdown for the trophy at Wembley on 19 May.

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