After an exciting few nights of football, the lineup for the FA Cup fifth round is finalised.
The initial draw was made at the end of January but six ties required a replay, fans would have to wait until the first week in February to find out the remaining 16 sides.
Even before the replays, the fifth-round draw set up some mouthwatering fixtures and they have only improved. There were no major upsets in the fourth round, with the Premier League’s traditional ‘Big Six’ still in with a chance of winning the oldest competition on these shores.
When will FA Cup fifth-round fixtures take place? Four things to know…
- The FA Cup fifth-round ties are scheduled to take place between March 3 and 5.
- Traditionally the FA Cup fifth-round is played out over the weekend, but will switch to midweek this campaign to accommodate the mid-season break.
- Replays have also been scrapped, meaning extra-time and penalties will follow if scorelines are level after regulation time.
- Liverpool and Tottenham both needed replays to reach the fifth round.
Liverpool and Tottenham came close to agony but narrowly won replays against Shrewsbury and Southampton respectively, the Reds doing so despite fielding their youngest ever XI.
Manchester United, meanwhile blitzed past Tranmere 6-0 in difficult conditions at the first time of asking, and it was a similar story for their neighbours Man City, who struck four past Fulham.
Chelsea scraped through a challenged contest at the KC Stadium, edging past Hull City 2-1 thanks to goals from Michy Batshuayi and Fikayo Tomori, while Arsenal beat Bournemouth by the same scoreline.
So, as it stands all of the top-flight’s ‘Big Six’ remain in the FA Cup, some more convincingly than others, but who is lying in wait for England’s elite?
FA Cup fifth-round draw in full:
- Sheffield Wednesday vs Manchester City
- Reading vs Sheffield United
- Chelsea vs Liverpool
- West Bromwich Albion vs Newcastle United
- Leicester City vs Birmingham City
- Derby County vs Manchester United
- Tottenham Hotspur vs Norwich City
- Portsmouth vs Arsenal