We're almost done with the fourth round of the FA Cup, and that means it's time to draw the fifth round. The competition will be down to sixteen teams, and thanks to a 2-1 win over Bournemouth, Aston Villa will be amongst those chosen. The draw occurs tonight (Monday, January 26) at 7 PM England time.
Amongst the teams to be chosen, we're guaranteed to have at least six teams advance from the lower leagues. Cambridge United, Fulham, Bolton, and Rochdale could add themselves to that pool. Notably absent from the draw will be traditional powerhouse teams such as Tottenham, Manchester City, and Chelsea as well as Premier League upstarts Southampton.
That means that this year's cup is more open than ever, and a favorable draw could be all it takes to see Aston Villa into the quarterfinals. If you want to follow along, here's the info you need. Remember, Aston Villa are ball number 8:
How to Follow the Fifth Round Draw
When: 7 PM GMT
Television: BBC 1 on The One Show
Twitter: This is probably the easiest way to follow along. The go-to account is, of course, that of the FA.
Live text: The BBC will have live-text updates of the draw. While their story is not yet up, you can bookmark their FA Cup page.
Streaming: If you don't mind a probable late start and being 30-60 seconds behind everyone on twitter, the FA will stream the draw on YouTube.
Who do you hope to see Villa draw for the fifth round? Let us know in the comments!
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