FOOTBALL: FA Cup 2012/13 – 4th Round – Live on ITV & ESPN

World football’s most prestigious domestic cup competition reaches the Fourth Round stage as the journey to Wembley continues towards FA Cup glory.

With the number of teams whittled down from 64 in round three to just 32, ITV and ESPN will screen five Fourth Round ties between them over the final weekend of January, including a triple-header of live TV games on Sunday, January 27.

The draw for the Fifth Round will take place at Wembley Stadium on Sunday, January 27 and will be broadcast live on ITV and ESPN.

Full details the live FA Cup 4th Round ties on TV below:


Sat 26 Jan – STOKE CITY v MANCHESTER CITY – k/o 12:45
Sun 27 Jan OLDHAM ATHLETIC v LIVERPOOL – k/o 16:00

ITV will again screen two live ties over Fourth Round weekend.

Live coverage will begin on the Saturday, January 26, when Manchester City travel to Stoke for a rematch of the 2011 FA Cup Final (k/o 12.45pm).

Roberto Mancini’s players will likely find the Britannia Stadium a less hospitable setting than Wembley offered them 20 months ago.

Stoke had to battle through a replay and extra time before finally ending Crystal Palace’s resistance in the third round, but the challenge of defeating champions City is just the sort of thing to get the Potteries jumping.

Adrian Chiles presents live coverage from the Britannia Stadium with analysis from Lee Dixon, Gareth Southgate and Peter Reid, and commentary by Clive Tyldesley and Andy Townsend.

On Sunday, January 27, Liverpool face another away trip on live TV with visit to League One strugglers Oldham Athletic. Brendan Rodgers will take the Reds to Boundary Park (k/o 4pm).

Paul Dickov’s side upset Nottingham Forest in the last round, but the visit of seven-times FA Cup winners Liverpool represents a tougher challenge.

A hotly-disputed Luis Suarez goal helped Liverpool past non-League Mansfield Town in the third round and the Uruguayan striker is likely to be the biggest threat to Oldham today.

Adrian Chiles is joined by Lee Dixon and Gareth Southgate for live coverage, with commentary again from Clive Tyldesley and Andy Townsend.

The draw for the Fifth round follows this game at Wembley Stadium.

Both matches will be screened exclusively on ITV and online via

In addition to its two live ties, ITV will also screen comprehensive highlights of all the Fourth Round ties on Saturday evening, and a further highlights programme on Sunday.


Sat 26 Jan – MANCHESTER UNITED v FULHAM – k/o 17:30
Sun 27 Jan – BRENTFORD v CHELSEA – k/o 12:00
Sun 27 Jan – LEEDS UNITED v TOTTENHAM – k/o 14:00

ESPN viewers will be able to enjoy three FA Cup ties over Fourth Round weekend.

Coverage will begin with Manchester United against Fulham on Saturday, January 26 (kick-off 5.30pm).

Sunday lunchtime will see the current FA Cup holders in action with Chelsea heading to Brentford in the hope of avoiding an upset (kick-off 12.00pm).

Brentford beat Southend 2-1 in a replay to get to the fourth round stage, after the two sides battled to a 2-2 draw in the original tie when Southend striker Barry Corr scored twice after Uwe Rosler’s side had taken a two-goal lead at Roots Hall.

ESPN conclude their coverage with Leeds United at home to Tottenham Hotspur (kick-off 2.00pm).

Spurs got their Cup campaign got underway in the third round against League One’s Coventry City.

The tie was a re-run of the 1987 Final and the Sky Blues wore a replica of their Cup-winning kit but Tottenham ran out comfortable 3-0 winners at White Hart Lane thanks to a first-half brace from Clint Dempsey and a Gareth Bale goal.

Leeds progressed to the fourth round after beating Birmingham City in a replay at St Andrews.


Saturday 26th January
Stoke City v Manchester City – 4th Round
Kick-off: 12:45 | LIVE: 12.10pm-3.00pm – ITV
Manchester United v Fulham – 4th Round
Kick-off: 17:30 | LIVE: 4.30pm-7.45pm – ESPN
FA Cup 4th Round Highlights
Featured games TBC
11.00pm-12.30am – ITV
Sunday 27th January
Brentford v Chelsea – 4th Round
Kick-off: 12:00 | LIVE: 11.00am-2.00pm – ESPN
Leeds United v Tottenham Hotspur – 4th Round
Kick-off: 14:00 | LIVE: 2.00pm-4.30pm – ESPN
Oldham Athletic v Liverpool – 4th Round
Kick-off: 16:00 | LIVE: 3.30pm-6.05pm – ITV
5th Round Draw follows at 5.45pm – DRAW NUMBERS
FA Cup 4th Round Highlights
10.20pm-11.20pm – ITV
CLICK HERE for full FA Cup Fourth Round fixture list

ITV′s live FA Cup coverage, as well additional video clips, interviews and analysis, is available to watch for free via the ITV football website – CLICK HERE

There is no live online streaming of ESPN’s live games, but users can read the latest reports and follow all the action via live text commentaries at

Keep up to date with all the latest FA Cup reports, goal flashes and results by following ITV Football on Twitter (@itvfootball) and ESPN’s feed (@ESPNUK).


FA Cup 2012/13 – Key dates for your diary

3rd November 2012 – First Round Proper
1st December 2012 – Second Round Proper
5th January 2013 – Third Round Proper
26th January 2013 – Fourth Round Proper
16th February 2013 – Fifth Round Proper
9th March 2013 – Sixth Round Proper
13-14th April 2013 – Semi Finals
11th May 2013 – FINAL

ITV will broadcast the pick of the first and second round games, with subscription channel ESPN screening at least two live matches per round, as well as replays if required.

From rounds three to six, ITV will show the 1st and 4th pick games, and ESPN will have 2nd and 3rd picks, with a fifth choice match also available (except round six).

The first pick of the replays during this phase of the competition will be shown on ITV, with additional matches on ESPN.

ITV also has first pick of the semi-finals with the other screened by ESPN.

Both channels will share live coverage of the 2013 FA Cup Final at Wembley next May.

Selected matches featuring Welsh clubs will be shown live on Welsh-language channel S4C.

BBC Radio 5 live and new FA Cup radio rights holders talkSPORT will broadcast selected live commentaries from the competition throughout the season.



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