FA Cup preview: Man Utd v West Ham
The FA Cup fifth round takes place this week as the 16 remaining clubs bid for a place in Thursday’s quarter-final draw. There are 12 Premier Leagues left in the competition and they make up four ties in the fifth round. Manchester United will host West Ham, Brighton travel to Leicester.
Tottenham will also be on the road as they head north to face Everton while Wolves entertain Southampton.
Four clubs from the Championship are also involved – Barnsley, Bournemouth, Bristol and Swansea.
But what happens if ties end in a draw? Will there be extra-time and penalties or will there be a replay?
Express Sport is on hand with the latest rules for this season’s FA Cup.
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Is there extra-time in the FA Cup fifth round?
Yes, extra-time will be played if a tie is level after 90 minutes.
FA Cup replays were scrapped ahead of the 2020/21 season in order to ease pressure on the football calendar as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
If a fifth-round match ends in a draw, extra-time consisting of two periods of 15 minutes will be played.
Should the scoreline remain level after extra-time, a penalty shootout will be held to settle the tie.
This ensures every fifth-round match will have a winner on the day.
In a statement, the FA said: “In order to assist in easing pressure on the football schedule, there will be no replays for the 2020-21 season.
“After two seasons of record levels of prize funds, the Emirates FA Cup prize fund has returned back in line with 2017-18 levels due to the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
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In other rule changes, clubs are permitted to name up to nine players on their bench.
Each side can make a maximum of five substitutions and there will be three opportunities to do so during the game.
FA Cup fifth round draw in full
Tuesday, February 9
Burnley vs Bournemouth, 5.30pm
Man Utd vs West Ham, 7.30pm
Wednesday, February 10
Swansea vs Man City, 5.30pm
Leicester vs Brighton, 7.30pm
Sheffield Utd vs Bristol, 7.30pm
Everton vs Tottenham, 8.15pm
Thursday, February 11
Wolves vs Southampton, 5.30pm
Barnsley vs Chelsea, 8pm
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