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Where to watch the Adobe Women’s FA Cup fifth round proper

Thursday 08 Feb 2024

This weekend sees all eight Adobe Women’s FA Cup fifth round proper ties broadcast live, something which has never happened before.

With BBC Two screening an all-Barclays Women’s Super League clash and the other seven ties available on The FA Player – as well as two being streamed on our own social media channels – there is plenty of action to choose from this weekend.

Here we pick out five of the standout fixtures to look out for and tell you where you can watch them.

Tottenham Hotspur v Charlton Athletic – Saturday 10 February 2024

This weekend sees the return of Spurs legend and now Charlton Athletic boss Karen Hills to Brisbane Road.

Hills was already working for Tottenham Hotspur Foundation when she was appointed Spurs boss in 2009 and over the next 11 years took the club from Division One South East of the FA Women’s National League up to the Barclays Women’s Super League.

Now in charge of former club Charlton Athletic, Hills is hoping to guide another side into the BWSL, with the Addicks currently top of the fiercely-contested Barclays Women’s Championship by two points.

On Saturday they will come up against a Spurs team which needed a brace from the bench by captain Beth England and a 96th-minute winner from Rosella Ayane to get past Championship side Sheffield United in the previous round.

So Charlton will take confidence from Sheffield United’s performance in the previous round and the fact Spurs have not won in three games but it will be a tough ask as two of those defeats came against Manchester City and Robert Vilahamn has guided his side into the top half of the BWSL table this season.

This match is one of two fifth round ties you will be able to stream live on our X, TikTok and Facebook pages, as well as , with the game kicking off at 5.15pm.

Arsenal v Manchester City – Sunday 11 February 2024

There was no denying what the tie of the round was when this one was pulled out: the most successful club in Women’s FA Cup history versus the most in-form team in the country.

Arsenal may not have lifted the famous trophy for eight years but their record of 14 wins is unlikely to be matched for at least another decade, with Southampton the next best on eight, Doncaster Belles on six and perennial champions Chelsea on five.

Manchester City have not been beaten since November 12 and are in incredible form but little separates these teams, with the Gunners only three points behind City in the BWSL table and Arsenal needing an 87th-minute winner from Stina Blackstenius to edge a 2-1 win in November.

With captain Leah Williamson back from her ACL injury and home advantage, Arsenal will be hoping they can beat City once again in front of the BBC Two TV cameras when this one gets underway at 12.30pm on Sunday.

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Brighton & Hove Albion – Sunday 11 February 2024

Wolverhampton Wanderers are the lowest ranked side left in the competition, currently sitting in fifth place in the FA Women’s National League North table.

Wolves have already caused an FA Cup shock this season after beating Championship side Reading 2-1 in the last round, as Beth Merrick – someone who originally played for the club at under-10 level – equalised in the second half before Destiney Toussaint grabbed an 87th-minute winner.

Brighton are currently under the guidance of interim manager Mikey Harris following the surprising sacking of Melissa Phillips last week – meaning the Seagulls now have a fifth person leading the team in just over 15 months.

But that didn’t stop them taking Aston Villa to penalties in the FA Women’s Continental Tyres League Cup quarter-final on Wednesday night.

This match, which kicks off at 1pm, is one of seven games being shown on The FA Player.

Chelsea v Crystal Palace – Sunday 11 February 2024

Crystal Palace are enjoying a good season, with the Eagles just three points from the top of the Barclays Women’s Championship and with a game in hand.

But they will have to produce one of the greatest shocks in Women’s FA Cup history if they are to reach the quarter-finals.

Standing in their way is a Chelsea team who are targeting a quadruple in Emma Hayes last season in charge and will be aiming to lift a fourth consecutive Women’s FA Cup trophy. 

The Blues might have needed extra-time to get past West Ham in the last round but they have won their last nine matches in all competitions.

This is the second game of the weekend which will be shown across our X, TikTok and Facebook pages, as well as The FA Player, kicking off at 2pm on Sunday.

Nottingham Forest v Everton

Another of the FA Women’s National League North sides remaining in the competition, Nottingham Forest have reached the fifth round proper for the first time in 11 years.

Manager Carly Davies has helped guide her side to second place in FA Women’s National League North, just four points behind Newcastle United.

Forest have impressed in the Women’s FA Cup so far, scoring 19 goals in four games, and will hope this round’s cup upset will come at Grange Park.

The Toffees may have beaten Aston Villa to reach the fifth round but that was the only game they didn’t lose in their last seven matches.

This intriguing tie can be watched on The FA Player from 4pm.

By Frank Smith