FA Cup fifth round: The key changes all Sheffield Wednesday fans need to know

Sheffield Wednesday booked their place in the FA Cup fifth round last weekend, after a stirring performance saw Garry Monk's side grab a 2-1 win away to Queens Park Rangers.

Monday, 27th January 2020, 11:45 am
Updated Monday, 27th January 2020, 11:50 am
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The Owls have the chance to progress to the quarter-finals of the competition for the first time since 1997 - a cup run which included an emphatic 7-1 win over Grimsby Town at Hillsborough.

Wednesday will be one of 16 teams looking to take the next step towards a grand day out at Wembley Stadium, and could be drawn against the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea, or even local rivals Sheffield United.

Here's the new changes to the competition that you need to be aware of:

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No weekend matches

Yep, unfortunately the dream of another lovely FA Cup weekend trip isn't on the cards any more. All the matches will take place on the week commencing Monday 2nd March.

This will, at least, help to alleviate the build-up of league games to catch up on towards the tail end of the season.

No replays

Cup replays, while a treat for travelling fans of smaller sides who can earn a lucrative away day, are also an exhausting experience for already hard-pushed squads.

Just look at Jurgen Klopp's plans for the Shrewsbury Town replay to get an idea of how popular they are with managers.

If fifth round matches end in a draw after ninety minutes, there will be the standard thirty minutes of extra time, before a penalty shootout if required.