FA Cup fifth round: when the draw takes place and who Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United could face
The draw for the fifth found of the FA Cup is set to take place as we get one step closer to crowning a new champion.
The cup may not have the standing that it used to, but any side still in the running at this point will surely be contemplating the big day at Wembley.
Here's everything you need to know about the draw and the upcoming round.
When is the draw?
The draw will take place at 7.19pm on Monday 27 January prior to the final tie of the fourth round between Arsenal and AFC Bournemouth.
It’s set to be broadcast live on both BBC One and the BBC Sports website.
Two past FA Cup winners will make the draw – Portsmouth, Chelsea and Liverpool full-back Glen Johnson, and legendary goalscorer Teddy Sheringham.
Johnson won it in 2008 with unlikely champions Portsmouth, while Sheringham scored in the 1999 final to help Manchester United to victory.
How does the fifth round work?
This year, a few changes have been made to the format which Owls and Blades fans alike might want to get familiar with.
The next round of games will be played as mid-week ties, taking place between Tuesday 3 March and Thursday 5 March. All 10 matches have different kick-off times.
Unlike in the rounds so far, there will not be a replay for any game that ends in a draw, which is good news for the teams whose schedules are already at breaking point.
Instead, there will be 30 minutes of extra time for a winner to be decided, followed by a penalty shoot-out if things are still square.
Who could Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday face in the next round?
The Sheffield sides could face any of the remaining teams, including each other.
The other teams already confirmed for the fifth round are:
- Leicester City
- Manchester United
- West Bromwich Albion
- Norwich City
- Manchester City
However, there are still several slots to be filled.
Arsenal and Bournemouth will play their fourth round game at 8pm on the same night as the draw itself - Monday 27 January.
On top of that, there are several games which ended in a draw and need to be replayed.
These are: Tottenham vs Southampton, Northampton Town vs Derby County, Reading vs Cardiff City, Coventry City vs Birmingham City, Newcastle United vs Oxford United and Shrewsbury vs Liverpool.
These pairs will be entered into the draw as one, with the victor going on to play whoever they are drawn against in the fifth round.
As such, it is highly possible that the Sheffield sides won't know exactly who they will be facing in round 5, even after the draw has been made.
Which numbers should fans be looking out for?
If you’re planning on taking in the draw in real time, Owls and Blades fans will be hoping not to see numbers 1 (Manchester United), 2 (Chelsea), 7(Leicester City) and 13 Manchester City.
Numbers 3 and 16 also have the potential to land them a match with Tottenham or Liverpool, so they’d probably be best avoided as well.
On paper anyway, the easiest draw would be League One’s Portsmouth, who are number 15.
Drawing number 6 could even lead to a match with League Two’s Northampton Town, but only if they overcome Derby County in the fourth round replay.