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The FA Cup is renowned for producing fairytale stories about minnow teams going deep into the competition, and this year’s sensation is Boreham Wood, who play in the National League (fifth tier) and stunned EFL Championship side Bournemouth 1-0 in the previous round.
(TOP: Chelsea’s Roman Lukaku – right).
Boreham Wood are the first non-league team to make the Fifth Round since Sutton United and Lincoln City in 2017. Incredibly, the Hertfordshire club are yet to concede a goal in five FA Cup rounds.
Manager Luke Garrard says he is delighted to be facing Premier League side Everton at Goodison Park: “I love Frank [Lampard, Everton manager], Ashley Cole [Everton coach] is the best left-back Arsenal ever had. To be able to pit my wits against them, it hasn’t sunk in yet,” said the Boreham boss.
Elsewhere, Championship clubs Luton Town and Peterborough United will look to cause upsets when they host heavyweights Chelsea and Manchester City respectively, while Middlesbrough – who eliminated Manchester United in the previous round – will welcome Tottenham Hotspur to the North East.
“There’s no downside to going through,” said Boro manager Chris Wilder. “We got a couple of breaks and took advantage of them, and it was a fabulous night for everybody at the football club. We’ve got an incredibly interesting and tough second part of the season to look forward to. We’re in the mix and we’d love to stay in the mix, and getting the result [against Man United] will have done us the world of good.”
There are also two all-Premier League clashes to look forward to, as Liverpool welcome Norwich City to Anfield, while Southampton and West Ham United will battle at St. Mary’s Stadium, Crystal Palace have a potential banana skin at home to Stone City, and all-Championship match sees Nottingham Forest (slayers of Arsenal and outgoing champions Leicester City) taking on Huddersfield Town.
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FA Cup broadcast details, 1-7 March 2022
All times CAT
Tuesday 1 March
21:15: Peterborough United v Manchester City – LIVE on SuperSport La Liga, SuperSport Maximo 2 and SuperSport GOtv La Liga
21:30: Crystal Palace v Stoke City – LIVE on SuperSport PSL
21:55: Middlesbrough v Tottenham Hotspur – LIVE on SuperSport Variety 3, SuperSport Maximo 360 and SuperSport GOtv Football
Wednesday 2 March
21:15: Luton Town v Chelsea – LIVE on SuperSport Variety 3, SuperSport Maximo 360 and SuperSport GOtv Football
21:30: Southampton v West Ham United – LIVE on SuperSport Football
22:15: Liverpool v Norwich City – LIVE on SuperSport Premier League and SuperSport Maximo 1
Thursday 3 March
22:15: Everton v Boreham Wood – LIVE on SuperSport Premier League and SuperSport Maximo 1
Monday 7 March
21:30: Nottingham Forest v Huddersfield Town – LIVE on SuperSport Variety 3 and SuperSport Maximo 1