Following a weekend of spectacular shocks and surprises in the FA Cup Fourth Round, attention now focusses on the all important Fifth Round Draw on Monday, January 26, live on BBC One.
League One side Bradford City will be the hat for the last 16 draw after producing one of the most dramatic comebacks in FA Cup history as they came from 2-0 down at Chelsea to win 4-2.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said he was “ashamed” and “embarrassed” by his side’s fourth-round exit, which came on a day of thrilling FA Cup shocks which also saw 2011 winners Manchester City beaten 2-0 at home by Championship side Middlesbrough.
An incredible round of shocks began on Friday night when League Two side Cambridge United held Manchester United to a goalless draw and continued on Saturday lunchtime as Swansea City exited at the hands of Championship Blackburn Rovers.
The two served as little warning as Premier League leaders Chelsea followed suit, while second-placed City and third-placed Southampton also saw hopes of a Wembley trip ended.
It means that only a handful of top Premier League sides remain in this season’s competition, giving those from the lower tiers the chance to progress further towards a date at Wembley for the semi-finals and final in April and May respectively.
With the return of the world’s oldest domestic cup competition to BBC TV screens this season, the corporation has put in its mark by revamping TV coverage of the FA Cup, including the return of the draw to Mondays in a new primetime slot.
Each of the draws will be staged at a different location throughout the competition, all of which will be hosted by BBC Match of the Day 2 presenter Mark Chapman in front of a live audience.
The fifth round draw will take place during Monday’s edition of The One Show on BBC One from 7.00pm, with eight ties set to be drawn out in front of a national audience who will be able to see how the Cup unfolds into its next stage.
Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker, who won The FA Cup with Spurs in 1991, will be picking out the balls alongside The One Show presenter Alex Jones, with the draw set to take place at around 7.20pm at BBC’s New Broadcasting House.
This season’s fifth round ties will be played over the weekend of February 14-15 with BBC TV screening two live ties, including first pick, while fellow FA Cup broadcaster BT Sport will also show three further live games.
The FA Cup returns to BBC television after a six-year absence and fans will be able to watch up to 16 live matches on BBC One and BBC Two throughout the competition.
Aside from the two live games on BBC TV, Saturday’s Football Focus will be broadcast live from one of the match venues, plus there will be Match of the Day highlights on both Saturday and Sunday.
A similar pattern will follow for future rounds, culminating in FA Cup final week, when a special documentary will be aired on BBC One, with the showpiece match being played at Wembley on Saturday, May 30, 2015.
The BBC has a four-year contract to screen live FA Cup games running until 2018, in partnership with BT Sport.
BT Sport will also screen live coverage of every FA Cup draw on Monday nights in its regular discussion series Football Tonight, presented by Des Kelly, with the Fourth Round Draw being simulcast from 7.20pm on Monday, January 26.
For more details about this season’s FA Cup, visit www.thefa.com/thefacup.
Monday 26th January
FA Cup 5th Round Draw
LIVE: 7.20pm approx BBC One / BT Sport 1
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