ESPN announce fifth road ties
ESPN will broadcast live coverage of three FA Cup fifth round ties, starting on Sunday February 20 with Leyton Orient's home game against Arsenal at 3.30pm. On Monday, February 21 at 7pm ESPN will bring viewers live coverage of West Ham's clash with Burnley, while the evening of Tuesday, March 1 will see the winner of Chelsea and Everton's fourth round replay take on Reading.
On FA Cup fifth round weekend, ESPN will also have exclusive coverage of the fourth round replay between Chelsea and Everton. The game will take place on Saturday, February 19, live from Stamford Bridge from 11.30am.
Arsenal's visit to Leyton Orient kicks off ESPN's coverage of the fifth round. Ten-time FA Cup winners Arsenal have already reached the Carling Cup final and are unbeaten in the league since the end of December, maintaining a strong Premier League challenge. Orient currently sit in 15th place in League One. The furthest they have progressed in the FA Cup is the semi-final in 1978, where they were beaten 3-0 by Arsenal.
West Ham will be hoping that the FA Cup can provide some relief for them in a season which has seen them battling against relegation from the Premier League. The side have won the FA Cup three times, most recently in 1980, and reached the final in 2006. Manager Avram Grant will be hoping to reach a second successive final after leading Portsmouth to Wembley last season. West Ham's opponents Burnley last won the FA Cup nearly 100 years ago in 1913-14, and have reached the final twice since then.
The evening of March 1 will see either Chelsea or Everton take on Reading, live on ESPN. Chelsea and Everton have shared recent FA Cup history, having played each other in the 2009 final, from which Chelsea emerged with a 2-1 victory. Reading's best FA Cup performance saw them reach the semi-final in 1927.
Jeroen Oerlemans, Vice President & Channel Manager TV, ESPN Europe, Middle East & Africa, said: "The fifth round of the FA Cup offers another set of intriguing fixtures. ESPN has already broadcast some of this year's best FA Cup games, such as Stevenage's shock win over Newcastle and Crawley's defeat of Derby. There's plenty more potential for excitement in the fifth round, and we look forward to bringing fans all of the action."