English football fans can watch live online as seven of eight FA Cup 5th Round matches are webcast in streaming video this weekend, including three showdowns pitting Barclays Premier League squads against each other, as just 16 teams remain in Europe’s longest-running domestic cup tournament.
All FA Cup 5th Round matches will be carried live online by Fox Sports Go. See the link below.
The weekend bonanza of FA Cup action kicks off Saturday morning at 7:30 a.m. United States Eastern Time with a top flight duel between West Bromwich Albion and West Ham United at The Hawthorns.
West Ham gets the edge in this contest, as the London club currently sits at eighth in the Barclays Premier League table and appears to have a real chance at grabbing silverware this season if they can put together a solid run of form for just four more FA Cup matches.
West Brom, on the other hand, occupies 14th place, but more importantly sees just four points separating themselves from the relegation zone. As they look ahead to a key February 21 confrontation with 15th-place Sunderland, the Baggies and Manager Tony Pulis will likely feel that preserving their place in England’s top flight takes higher priority.
That puts West Ham in position to advance.
Blackburn Rovers hosting Premier League 10th-place club Stoke City is up next, at 9:55 a.m. EST. Stoke is in no particular danger of relegation, nor are they any threat to crack the top four, or even five in the Premier League. They should be able to pull out all the stops in their quest for England’s prestigious domestic tournament trophy, giving them a clear road to victory over Blackburn.
An all-Championship clash between Derby and visiting reading kicks off at the same time. Look for in-form Derby to control that match.
Saturday’s action rounds out with the featured all-BPL matchup at noon Eastern. Liverpool travels to Crystal Palace in what could prove a dangerous proposition for the Reds. Palace has already handled Liverpool once, winning 3-1 at Selhurst Park, site of Saturday’s FA Cup match.
The same stadium was also the site of last year’s calamity, when Liverpool took a comfortable 3-0 lead into the game’s final 11 minutes, only to see Crystal Palace blast three goals home in that time to grab a draw and sink Liverpool’s title dreams.
Expect Liverpool to come in better prepared this time, and edge their way to advancement to the FA Cup quarterfinals.
Sunday sees three big matches, two of which will be carried in live online video. The action starts with Aston Villa hosting Leicester City at 7:30 a.m. in a matchup of the Premier League’s 18th and 20th ranked sides. Aston Villa may have a slight edge in a match that will mainly feature two teams trying to preserve their energy for their upcoming relegation battle.
Current FA Cup holders Arsenal match up against a difficult foe in Championship-leading Middlesbrough at 10:55 a.m. in a contest that could see the Gunners struggle but ultimately keep their hopes of a second straight FA Cup alive.
Bradford and Sunderland also play on Sunday in a game that will not be televised or webcast.
The FA Cup 5th round concludes with a Monday night game — 2:45 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time — pitting the Premier League’s third-place Manchester United in what promises to be an easy victory over spirited but overmatched League One side Preston. Watch all seven games live online via Fox Sports Go, accessible at this link, or by downloading the Fox Sports Go app for mobile devices.
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