Live online video of seven FA Cup matches will make this weekend a feast for die hard fans of English football, as the world’s oldest, and always most exciting domestic cup competition kicks into high gear. With 16 matches in total on tap starting Friday, streaming video will be available online featuring such top Barclays Premier league teams as Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal, Manchester City, and Liverpool fighting to stay alive against hungry and determined lower league sides.
Fox Sports Go will offer streaming video coverage of the most important and exciting matches live online.
Much like the NCAA basketball tournament in the United States, the enduring appeal of the FA Cups is the hope that underdog teams can pull off once-in-a-lifetime upsets of the multimillion dollar goliaths that dominate the sport.
And it does happen. True FA Cup fans will always remember such stunning results as lowly Bournemouth shocking Manchester United 2-0 in 1984, or Fourth Division Wrexham knocking off reigning league champions Arsenal 2-1 in 1992 — among many other improbable but thrilling results throughout the 143 years of the storied tournament.
Live online video coverage kicks off Friday, with Manchester United traveling to Abbey Stadium, the 8,000-seat home of League Two squad Cambridge United — the lowest-ranked team remaining in the tournament. The Reds struggled in their third-round game against Yeovil Town, and will be missing Ashley Young and possibly Robin Van Persie as well.
Cambridge is full of confidence after its 4-0 league win over promotion-bound Newport, so they could pose a significant threat to the Premier League powerhouse, in a game that is expected to see the debut of former Barcelona keeper Victor Valdes in the Manchester United goal.
Coverage begins live online at 3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time in the U.S. on Fox Sports Go.
Saturday sees three more FA Cup matches streamed live online, starting with what promises to be the most intriguing contest of the weekend, Manchester City hosting Middlesbrough, beginning at 10 a.m. Eastern time. Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini could be in charge of his final game if the Sky Blues suffer the upset, with his side having notched just one victory in its last four tries.
Middlesbrough, on the other hand, currently sits one slim point off the top in the Championship, poised for promotion to the Premier League in the 2015/16 season.
Also on Saturday (all times EST), West Bromwich Albion visits Birmingham City at 10 a.m. on Fox Sports Go, and Bolton Wanderers visit Liverpool at 12:30 p.m.
Sunday sees two FA Cup games shown live online in the U.S., starting with West Ham at Bristol City, with streaming video starting at 8:55 a.m., followed by Arsenal taking on Brighton and Hove Albion in a dangerous away fixture slated for 7:55 a.m.
The weekend bonanza of Live online FA Cup Fourth Round video coverage extends into Monday with the round’s final match, which pits Premier League side Stoke City against League One fifth place Rochdale AFC at 2:55 pm. FA Cup fans can access all the games via Fox Sports Go, available by clicking on this link, or on mobile devices through the Fox Sports Go app.