All Eight FA Cup Fifth Round Fixtures To Be Broadcast

Wednesday 05 Feb 2020
Liverpool and Chelsea have faced each other ten times in the FA Cup previously

The broadcast schedule for the Emirates FA Cup fifth round games has been decided with all eight games available to watch or stream live. 

And as the competition edges closer to it's climax there are some enticing fixtures billed for the last 16.

The four-day streak of live action will kick-off with Arsenal travelling to Fratton Park to face Portsmouth on Monday 2 March, live on BT Sport. 

It will be the first time the Gunners have met Pompey in the FA Cup since Arsene Wenger's golden generation ran out 5-1 winners in the 2003-04 quarter-finals. 

Thierry Henry scored twice when Arsenal last faced Portsmouth in the FA Cup

Thierry Henry and Freddie Ljunberg were both on the scoresheet twice for the 13-time winners on that day but Arsenal have been relying on youth in this year's competition with all of their goalscorers from the previous rounds aged 20 or younger. 

Meanwhile 2008-09 winners Portsmouth ran riot in the fourth round putting four past Barnsley as they bid to emulate their incredible cup run of more than a decade ago. 

Tuesday night will see Liverpool travel to Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea with both sides desperate to get their hands on some silverware this season. 

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp handed his senior players a break as they edged past Shrewsbury Town in their fourth round replay but the big guns are sure to be back to scupper Frank Lampard's plans to win a fifth FA Cup, having picked up four as a Blues player. 

If that doesn't float your boat, West Bromwich Albion v Newcastle United will be available on BBC iPlayer and Reading v Sheffield United will also be live streamed via Facebook

Wednesday night will see the holders Manchester City on the road at Hillsborough as they face Sheffield Wednesday for a spot in the quarter-finals. 

Running concurrently will be the all-Premier League clash between Tottenham Hotspur and Norwich City in north London and there will be a live Facebook stream for those wishing to cast an eye over Leicester City v Birmingham City. 

And on Thursday Wayne Rooney will once again face his old employers when Derby County host Manchester United. 

United have met the Rams three times in the competition since 2009, winning on all three occasions, and Rooney was even on the scoresheet in the fourth round 3-1 win in 2016. 

The now 34-year-old is currently the third-highest goalscorer in the competition's history and added to his tally of 23 in the Rams 4-2 win over Northampton in the fourth round - can he do it again against United?

Here's the full schedule for the upcoming week of action: 

Monday 2 March

Portsmouth v Arsenal (7.45pm) – Live on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate

Tuesday 3 March

Chelsea v Liverpool (7.45pm) – Live on BBC One and BBC iPlayer

West Bromwich Albion v Newcastle United (8pm) - Live on BBC iPlayer

Reading v Sheffield United (8pm) - Live on Facebook

Wednesday 4 March

Sheffield Wednesday v Manchester City (7.45pm) – Live on BBC One and BBC iPlayer

Tottenham Hotspur v Norwich City (7.45pm) - Live on BBC iPlayer 

Leicester City v Birmingham City (7.45pm) - Live on Facebook

Thursday 5 March

Derby County v Manchester United (7.45pm) – Live on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate

The FA live broadcast fee for these fifth round fixtures is £250,000 per club and winning clubs will receive £360,000 from The FA prize fund and a place in the quarter-final. 

By Tom Dean