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2018/19 FA Cup quarter-finals live: fixtures, time, date, analysis

March 15, 2019 By Michelle Bonsu
ESPN+ wil carry all four of the FA Cup quarter-finals in the USA, starting with Watford vs Crystal Palace and concluding with Millwall vs Brighton & Hove Albion.

And then there were eight. Only eight teams remain as fans await to see who will be crowned FA Cup champions. This season, it will be a new one as the reigning champion is no longer in the mix, and one team could have the opportunity to make it a quadruple as they are in the running for the Premier League and the Champions League after already winning the League Cup earlier this season.

Here's all you need to know ahead of the FA Cup quarter-finals, including where to catch the action in the USA, thanks to ESPN+'s dedicated coverage.

When does the FA Cup quarter-finals start?

The FA Cup quarter-finals starts on Saturday, March 16th and finishes on Sunday, March 17th.

Who will be playing in the FA Cup quarter-finals?

Eight teams remain in the FA Cup quarter-finals. Reigning champions Chelsea were knocked out in the last round after losing 2-0 to Manchester United. Six teams are from the Premier League: Manchester United, Manchester City, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Watford, Brighton and Hove Albion, and Crystal Palace. The other two, Swansea City and Milwall feature in the Championship, and if Milwall can succeed against Brighton, that means that a Championship side could be featuring in the semi's.

Preview: Watford vs Crystal Palace

Neither team have a shot at winning the league at this point, and thus the FA Cup presents both teams' only chance at silverware this season. Watford sit in a solid eighth place in the league, whilst their upcoming opponents Crystal Palace find themselves in 14th spot, five points away from the drop zone. The key players for each side will be Troy Deeney (Watford) and Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace). Zaha has been instrumental for Palace as of late, netting five goals in his last six fixtures across all comps whilst Deeney has played a big role in Watford managing to secure a spot inside the top half of the table.

DID YOU KNOW?: Crystal Palace have lost twice to Watford so far this season - and they will be looking to avoid losing three times in a row to the same team for the first time since March 1936.

Preview: Swansea vs Manchester City

Championship side Swansea will face a really rough task at containing a rampaging Manchester City who come into this game fresh after cruising to a 7-0 win over Schalke in the Champions League. It's all clicking for the Citizens at just the right time, and Pep Guardiola's men, who have already secured the Community Shield and the League Cup are on course for adding the Premier League and possibly the Champions League as well in what has been simply an outstanding season so far for the Spanish tactician. However, they will travel to face Swansea without the services of John Stones, Vincent Kompany, Kevin De Bruyne, Benjamin Mendy and Fernandinho.

DID YOU KNOW?: This will be the first FA Cup meeting between Swansea and City, and the Swans have NEVER beaten City in their last 13 matches across all comps (W0 D2 L11).

Preview: Wolves vs Manchester United

Wolves will be looking to continue their track record at frustrating the Premier League's bigger sides when they take on the Red Devils in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup this weekend. The hosts sit in a very impressive seventh spot heading into this contest following holding Chelsea to a 1-1 draw last round, but Manchester United have been in inspired form lately since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and will be desperate to get back on track following their loss to Arsenal last weekend.

DID YOU KNOW:? Manchester United have won nine of their last 10 FA Cup away games (their only defeat during that time was a 2016/2017 quarter-finals defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge).

Preview: Millwall vs Brighton

Struggling Millwall are fighting to avoid the drop to League One, but they ended a four match losing streak by beating Birmingham City 2-0 midweek. They will be hoping that their home pitch advantage will be enough to pick off Brighton in the FA Cup quarter-finals on Sunday as they have won eight of their last nine in this competition at their home stadium. Meanwhile, Brighton will be hoping to make the final four for the first time in nearly four decades - the last time they were in the last four was back in 1983, when they finished as runners-up to Manchester United.

DID YOU KNOW?: Millwall are unbeaten in their last nine home games in the FA Cup - and that includes results against Premier League sides like Everton, Leicester, and Watford.

Where to watch the FA Cup quarter-finals: ESPN+ providing coverage in the USA

In the USA, ESPN+ will provide detailed coverage of the FA Cup quarter-finals starting from Saturday, March 16th. The network's opening match begins with Watford vs Crystal Palace, which kicks off at 8:15 EST for those of you who live on the East Coast (that's 5:15 for those of you based in California). Saturday is set to be a triple-header, so don't go too far: at 1:20 PM EST (10:20 AM PST), part two of this three-game series begins with Swansea vs Manchester Cityfollowed by the day ending with Wolves vs Manchester United at 15:55 EST/12:55 PST.

Still not exhausted after watching the FA Cup all day on ESPN+ using your mobile devices? Well, on Sunday, March 17th, the FA Cup quarter-finals will wrap up at 10:00 AM sharp (7:00 PST) with our last match featuring Championship side Millwall locking horns with Brighton.

For other viewing options if you live outside the United States, feel free to check out our dedicated FA Cup broadcast page.


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