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FA Cup fourth and fifth round draws to take place at same time

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The FA have confirmed that there will be a double FA Cup draw on Monday.

This weekend’s third round of the competition sees Premier League clubs enter the tournament as Manchester United welcome Watford to Old Trafford while fellow Championship side Birmingham City will travel to face Manchester City.

The fourth round draw traditionally takes place the Monday following the weekend’s action, with both Manchester club hoping to be in the hat.

This will still happen, with the fourth round draw set to be held at 7.10pm before Stockport County take on West Ham in the final fixture of the round, but it will be immediately followed by the draw for the fifth round.


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The double draw marks a change in the traditional approach from the FA but has been done to allow clubs a better understanding of their fixture schedule during a condensed season.

It follows a similar approach in the Carabao Cup earlier in the season.

The fourth round will take place on the weekend of January 23, with a short turnaround before the fifth round on Wednesday, February 10.

It is the latest move from authorities to minimise the impact of fixture congestion during the shortened campaign.

FA Cup replays have already been scrapped for this season, meaning that any draws in the competition will be settled on the day, firstly through extra-time and then through a penalty shootout if necessary.

Extra-time wasn’t used in the League Cup this season, with the competition’s semi-finals also being played over one leg instead of two.

Every third round tie will be shown live in the UK this weekend in, with the majority of ties being split between the BBC and BT Sport, where they will either be shown on TV or digitally.

Eight matches will also be shown exclusively on the FA’s own FA Player platform.

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