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    When is FA Cup quarter-final draw? Date, UK start time, TV channel, FREE live stream and ball numbers

    THE fixtures for the FA Cup fifth round will take place this week as we enter the business end of the competition.Premier League leaders Liverpool take on Southampton after Manchester City travel to Luton.
    Manchester City are current FA Cup championsCredit: Times Media Ltd
    Non-league Maidstone continue their fairytale story as they face Championship side Coventry to kick off the fifth round on Monday night.
    Manchester United are looking to secure their 13th FA Cup this season but must get past Nottingham Forest first.
    Carabao Cup finalists Chelsea will be looking to hit back from their disappointing 1-0 defeat to Liverpool as they host the Championship’s second-place side Leeds.
    When is the FA Cup quarter-final draw?

    The draw for the FA Cup quarter-finals will take place on Wednesday, February 28.
    It is expected to take place at approximately 7pm GMT – just before Chelsea vs Leeds.

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    What TV channel is the FA Cup quarter-final draw on and can it be live streamed FREE?

    The FA Cup quarter-final draw will be broadcast live on ITV4.
    You can live stream the draw for FREE via the ITVX app/website.
    Alternatively, you can follow SunSport’s live blog of the draw to find out who your team will be playing.

    FA Cup quarter-final draw ball numbers
    The ball numbers for the FA Cup quarter-final draw have been released:
    1 Blackburn Rovers or Newcastle United
    2 Chelsea or Leeds United
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    3 AFC Bournemouth or Leicester City
    4 Liverpool or Southampton
    5 Nottingham Forest or Manchester United
    6 Wolverhampton Wanderers or Brighton & Hove Albion
    7 Coventry City or Maidstone United
    8 Luton Town or Manchester City
    When will the FA Cup quarter-finals be played?
    The FA Cup quarter-finals will be played on the weekend of Saturday, March 16. More

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    Chelsea vs Leeds – FA Cup fifth round: Blues look to bounce back from Wembley heartbreak against Championship side

    CHELSEA will host Championship high flyers Leeds in the FA Cup fifth round on Wednesday night.The Blues suffered a heartbreaking 1-0 defeat to Liverpool in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday after a last-gasp goal in extra time from Liverpool’s skipper Virgil van Dijk.
    Chelsea were beaten in the Carabao Cup final against Liverpool on SundayCredit: GETTY
    However, they will be looking to immediately bounce back on Wednesday in their FA Cup clash against Daniel Farke’s Premier League-chasing Leeds side.
    The last time Chelsea was in action in the FA Cup, they recorded an impressive 3-1 away win against Aston Villa, with Enzo Fernandez scoring an absolute peach of a freekick.
    This may not prove to be a straightforward game for Poch’s men as Leeds have been on an incredible recent run of form, including a 3-1 win vs Championship leaders Leicester.
    The Whites’s recent win vs Leicester now means they have won nine league games in a row, which has massively boosted their hopes for a return to the Premier League – and has potentially opened up the title race as they only sit 6 points behind the Foxes.
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    In Chelsea and Leeds’s most recent game (4 March 2023), Chelsea came out narrow winners with a 1-0 result thanks to Wesley Fofana, but in the earlier game last season, Leeds thumped the Blues 3-0.
    Team News
    Chelsea are going into this match fresh off the back 120 minutes against Liverpool, so it’s very likely changes will be made.
    Trevoh Chalobah could be granted a place in the starting lineup, while Robert Sanchez may be recalled to start between the sticks.
    Christopher Nkunku should expect to play from the start, while Alfie Gilchrist will also hope to play from the first whistle.
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    Carney Chukwuemeka, Benoit Badiashile, Romeo Lavia, Lesley Ugochukwu, and Marc Cucurella will all miss out through injury, with Thiago Silva remaining a doubt.
    In Leeds’ previous two FA Cup ties, Farke went for strong lineups with three or four changes to the normal team – and it seems like he’ll stick with that trend here.
    Dan James or Jaiden Anthony will be likely to come into the starting lineup, whilst Patrick Bamford could look to replace Joel Piroe in strike.
    Sam Byram, Pascal Struijk, Stuart Dallas, and Karl Darlow are all out injured.
    Players to watch
    Cole Palmer failed to make a real impact in last Sunday’s League Cup final but won’t be shy of trying to add himself back to the goal sheet against Leeds.
    The Chelsea youngster has an impressive 14 goals and 9 assists in 33 games this season, however, he has none in the FA Cup so he will be looking to change that ahead of Wednesday’s game.

    Leeds’ most threatening player this season looks to be Crysencio Summerville.
    He has managed to accumulate 16 goals and 9 assists this season in just 33 games, with him scoring in their last FA Cup tie, which was a replay match against Plymouth Argyle.

    When is Chelsea vs Leeds?

    Chelsea’s game with Leeds will take place on Wednesday, February 28.
    The game will kick off at 7.30 pm GMT.
    Chelsea vs Leeds will held at Stamford Bridge.

    What channel is it on and can it be live streamed FREE?

    Chelsea vs Leeds will be shown on ITV4 in the UK.
    You can live stream the action FREE from the ITVX app, which is available to download on your mobile or tablet device.
    Alternatively, you can keep up to date with the match by following SunSport’s live blog.

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    What are the odds?

    Chelsea – 4/7
    Draw – 16/5
    Leeds – 9/2

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    Why is Chelsea vs Liverpool’s Carabao Cup final kicking off at 3pm?

    CHELSEA and Liverpool are all set to battle it out in a cracking Carabao Cup final – but the match will kick off at an unusual time.The Blues are targeting revenge on Liverpool for their 2022 final defeat.
    Liverpool beat Chelsea to win the Carabao Cup in 2022Credit: PA
    While Jurgen Klopp is hoping to have one of the most successful endings to a managerial reign which would include achieving Carabao Cup success.
    But as some fans go back and forth on who they think will win this contest, the rest are scratching their heads as to why the match gets underway at 3pm.
    Why is Chelsea vs Liverpool’s Carabao Cup final kicking off at 3pm?
    The Metropolitan Police requested that the final be brought forward as it has been deemed a ‘high risk’ fixture.
    Initially, the Wembley showpiece was due to get underway at 4:30pm GMT.
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    However, the cops have had their wish granted which means that the match will start at 3pm – 90 minutes earlier.
    What has been said?
    An EFL spokesperson said: “Following representations from the @metpoliceuk, the local safety advisory group has determined the 2024 @Carabao_Cup Final will now kick-off at 3pm.
    “Having previously scheduled the usual 4.30pm kick off time with @wembleystadium and @SkySports, it is disappointing to note the change at this late stage.”
    The FA has issued a 3pm TV blackout on Saturdays since the 1960s and is set to stay for another five years.
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    However it does not apply for Sundays, meaning the Carabao Cup clash can proceed with the amended time.
    When is the Carabao Cup final?

    his season’s Carabao Cup final between Chelsea and Liverpool will take place Sunday, February 25.
    The kick-off time is yet to be confirmed but it is expected to get underway at around the same time as the 2023 final – 3pm GMT
    Wembley Stadium is the allocated arena for this huge match and it can host approximately 90,000 roaring fans.
    Manchester United comfortably beat Newcastle 2-0 in last year’s curtain closer. More

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    Is Man Utd youngster Omari Forson stepping in for Rasmus Hojlund?

    ALL eyes will be on Manchester United youngster Omari Forson as he steps in for Rasmus Hojlund against Fulham.Rasmus Hojlund suffered a setback in training and has been left out of the matchday squad.
    Omari Forson is starting for Manchester UnitedCredit: Kenny Ramsay
    And now, Forson may need to step up to the plate.
    Is Omari Forson stepping in for Rasmus Hojlund?
    Born on July 20, 2004, the United wonderkid graduated through the Red Devils ranks but started his career at Tottenham.
    Forson is an attacking midfielder who has also represented England at youth level.
    But Erik ten Hag will trust the youngster to go up top in replace of Rasmus Hojlund who has sustained a muscle injury.
    Has Omari Forson played in the Premier League before?
    Forson was handed his Premier League debut in a 4-3 away win against Wolves earlier this season.
    The youngster came on as a second-half substitute and fans were not shy to give him a lot of praise.
    He has also made two appearances off the bench in the FA Cup this campaign.
    However, the wonderkid is out of contract at Old Trafford this summer so he’ll be eager to prove his worth.
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    Anthony Joshua vs Francis Ngannou: How to watch and TV guide for huge crossover bout in Saudi Arabia

    ANTHONY JOSHUA will hope to follow Tyson Fury’s footsteps in defeating former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou.Joshua will enter the ring for the highly anticipated heavyweight clash with Ngannou in Saudi Arabia on March 8.
    Anthony Joshua and Francis Ngannou will meet on March 8Credit: Alamy
    Two-time heavyweight champion AJ, who beat Otto Wallin on December 23, wasted no time in making this huge fight happen as he looks to work his way back to title contention.
    Following Ngannou’s impressive boxing debut vs Tyson Fury – where he scored a stunning knockdown and left many believing he won the fight – fans around the world know this won’t be a straightforward night for Joshua.
    TV guide – How to watch Joshua vs Ngannou
    As one of the most eagerly awaited fights of the year – this was always going to be a pay per view.
    The bout between the two will be shown on BOTH Sky Sports Box Office and DAZN PPV.
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    The DAZN UK PPV price will be £19.99 and includes one month’s DAZN subscription.
    Existing DAZN subscribers will be able to purchase the fight for £18.99.
    For Sky customers, the fight will be showcased on Sky Box Office but no price has been confirmed yet.
    The fight can be brought through your TV box or, if you prefer, through the Sky Box Office website.
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    Head to channel 492 on Friday, March 8 to watch in HD.
    Non-subscribers of Sky and DAZN can purchase the fight from the Sky Box Office Website or DAZN website and stream on a variety of devices including laptops, mobiles and tablets.
    Alternatively, SunSport will live blog all the action from the build-up to the fight itself and the aftermath.

    ANTHONY JOSHUA VS FRANCIS NGANNOU: ALL THE DETAILS YOU NEED AHEAD OF HUGE CROSSOVER BOUT
    Why is the Joshua vs Ngannou on a Friday?
    Joshua and Ngannou go head to head on Friday, March 8, with the fighters expecting to make their ring walks at around 11pm UK time.
    It is taking place on a Friday due to the Saudi Arabia Grand Prix at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit, which is also being held that weekend on March 9.
    The bout will be held at the Kingdom Arena in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
    Francis Ngannou stunned Tyson Fury and knocked the champion down in their recent title fightCredit: Getty

    Who’s on the undercard?

    MAIN EVENT: Anthony Joshua vs Francis Ngannou
    Zhilei Zhang vs Joseph Parker (WBO interim heavyweight title)
    Rey Vargas vs Nick Ball (WBC featherweight title)
    Mark Chamberlain vs Gavin Gwynne
    Justis Huni vs TBA
    Ziyad Almaayouf vs TBA
    Roman Fury vs TBA
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    Chelsea vs Liverpool – Carabao Cup final: Pochettino and Klopp go head-to-head for first silverware of season at Wembley

    PREMIER LEAGUE giants Chelsea and Liverpool return to Wembley this weekend in search of silverware.The two sides go head-to-head in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday in front of a capacity crowd.
    Liverpool beat Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final two years agoCredit: PA
    They last met in the final just two years ago when Jurgen Klopp’s side came out on top, winning 11-10 in a thrilling penalty shootout following a goalless draw.
    The Reds will likely be favourites going into the game given their impressive run of form.
    Liverpool currently sit at the top of the Premier League table, with Chelsea struggling down in 10th.
    But, of course, anything can happen in the Cup!
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    When is Chelsea vs Liverpool?

    Chelsea’s clash with Liverpool in the Carabao Cup final will take place on Sunday, February 25.
    The game will be held at Wembley Stadium.
    An earlier kick-off time than usual of 3pm has been selected for the final.

    What channel is the Carabao Cup final, can it be live streamed?

    Chelsea vs Liverpool will be shown on Sky Sports Football and Sky Sports Main Event.
    You can live stream the action from the Sky Go or NOW TV apps, both of which are available for download onto your mobile or tablet device.

    Odds

    Chelsea – 9/4
    Draw – 5/2
    Liverpool – 11/10
    Chelsea to lift trophy – 5/4
    Liverpool to lift trophy – 4/7

    *Odds courtesy of Ladbrokes and correct at time of publication.
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    How Chelsea lined up against Liverpool in 2022 Carabao Cup final with just TWO of starting XI still at club
    Team news
    Both teams have several injury concerns going into the game.
    Defenders Reece James, Benoit Badiashile and Marc Cucurella are all unavailable with long-term injuries.
    Mauricio Pochettino also revealed that Thiago Silva picked up a “minor injury” before last week’s 1-1 draw against Manchester City.
    Romeo Lavia, Wesley Fofana and Carney Chukwuemeka also remain sidelined.
    Trent Alexander-Arnold is set to miss the final due to injuryCredit: Getty
    Diogo Jota was stretchered off against Brentford last weekCredit: Alamy

    Meanwhile, Darwin Nunez, Curtis Jones and Diogo Jota recently suffered injury setbacks.
    Trent Alexander-Arnold has been confirmed as an absentee for the final because of a knee injury.
    Alisson and Dominik Szoboszlai could also miss out due to a hamstring issues.

    Who will be the star players?
    Conor Gallagher has arguably been one of Chelsea’s most consistent players this season.
    A boyhood Blue, the midfielder has captained his side on several occasions since the start of the campaign in the absence of James and Ben Chilwell.
    He has also popped up in some key moments for Pochettino’s side.
    Gallagher scored two crucial goals for Chelsea against Crystal Palace earlier this month to seal a crucial win.
    Conor Gallagher has been one of Chelsea’s most consistent players this season
    Mohamed Salah has a fantastic goalscoring record for Liverpool this season
    As for Liverpool, Mohamed Salah will be one to watch.
    The winger recently returned from injury and was back firing against Brentford last week.
    Salah has now scored 19 goals and provided 10 assists in 28 appearances across all competitions.
    What has been said?
    Following Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Manchester City last week, Pochettino said: “For us, it was a really important game to keep the momentum, to realise we are in a good way and improving.
    “Still we are not at the level of Manchester City but that is our aim and of course, we are a very young team that needs this type of game to improve and to create a spirit that we need to show in every single game.
    Mauricio Pochettino was pleased with his team’s performance against Man CityCredit: PA
    “You want to be competitive because I think from the beginning, we were one of the best teams in the way we perform, create chances and I think after 15 games, we deserved to be in the top four.
    “But football is not only to show good quality and be nice, it’s to be competitive and today the team has definitely showed we can be competitive also and play well.”
    Meanwhile, following Liverpool’s win over Luton on Wednesday, Klopp said: “This team that time ignored the fact who was missing.
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    “I want us to ignore the fact who is missing. That is difficult because the public got the knowledge of the whole amount of players missing only tonight – I needed a few minutes to process it!
    “From the moment when you know how you can sort it and deal with it for this game now, that feels really good, so that is what I wanted the boys to show.” More

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    Why is Lewis Hamilton still driving for Mercedes after signing a contract with Ferrari?

    FERRARI pulled off a major deal by signing Lewis Hamilton to a mega contract – but the F1 legend will continue to drive for Mercedes this season.It was announced on February 1, 2024, that Hamilton had triggered a secret clause that would see him drive for F1’s most famous team.
    Lewis Hamilton will join up with Charles Leclerc at FerrariCredit: AP
    And the deal for the seven-time world champion to join Ferrari is worth a staggering £100million.
    Hamilton would love nothing more than to follow up on this huge move with a championship win in the 2024 season.
    But fans are confused as to why the British mogul continues to represent Mercedes even after the paperwork has been signed.
    Why is Lewis Hamilton still driving for Mercedes?
    Lewis Hamilton will still drive for Mercedes as he confirmed that he was committed to finishing the season before starting life with Ferrari in 2025.
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    The British icon said: “I have had an amazing 11 years with this team and I’m so proud of what we have achieved together.
    “Mercedes has been part of my life since I was 13 years old. It’s a place where I have grown up, so making the decision to leave was one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make.
    “But the time is right for me to take this step and I’m excited to be taking on a new challenge. I will be forever grateful for the incredible support of my Mercedes family, especially Toto for his friendship and leadership and I want to finish on a high together.
    “I am 100 percent committed to delivering the best performance I can this season and making my last year with the Silver Arrows, one to remember.”
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    Lewis Hamilton joined Mercedes in 2013Credit: EPA
    Why did Lewis Hamilton switch from Mercedes to Ferrari?
    Lewis Hamilton signed a new two-year contract extension with Mercedes last summer which included a release clause that would allow the F1 legend to move elsewhere if triggered.
    And after lengthy rumours going back from 2018 about Hamilton joining Ferrari, the deal has finally been agreed.
    The British icon once revealed on Sky Italy that driving for Ferrari is a ‘dream’ team to represent.
    In 2021, Hamilton said: “It’s definitely going to be crazy to think that I never drove for Ferrari because for everyone, that is a dream position to be in.”
    He added: “It was never fully on the cards for me, and I’ll never know exactly fully why but I wish them all the best and I want to spend the next bit of my time stopping them from winning the championship.
    “I look at the pictures that the two drivers post and the red is ‘still the red'”.
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    Below is the full calendar for the 2024 season and the final campaign where Lewis Hamilton will drive for Mercedes.

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    Arsenal vs Newcastle: Gunners host Eddie Howe’s side in massive Premier League clash – team news, kick-off time

    ARSENAL return to the Emirates Stadium on Saturday to host Newcastle in another crucial Premier League clash.The Gunners suffered a heartbreaking 1-0 defeat to Porto on Wednesday following a last-minute goal from Galeno.
    Arsenal and Newcastle go head-to-head again this weekendCredit: Getty
    However, they will look to get back to winning ways against Eddie Howe’s Champions League-chasing Magpies.
    Mikel Arteta and his side felt aggrieved following their 1-0 defeat to Newcastle in November.
    Anthony Gordon’s goal was controversially given following a lengthy VAR check that looked at three separate incidents.
    Arteta was investigated following his post-match comments but officials later cleared him.

    The Spaniard could now be approaching Saturday’s game with revenge in mind.
    Team news
    Fabio Vieira returned to the Arsenal squad on Wednesday following an extended period out with a groin injury, so he could be in contention to play.
    Gabriel Jesus, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Takehiro Tomiyasu remain doubts.
    Fabio Vieira could return for ArsenalCredit: Getty
    Meanwhile, Newcastle have a lengthy injury list.
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    Callum Wilson is set for a long spell on the sidelines with a pectoral injury.
    Aleksandr Isak could also miss out with a groin issue.
    Supercomputer reveals Arsenal’s chances of winning Champions League after toothless Porto loss without a shot on target
    Joe Willock and Fabian Schar could be back in contention following their respective injury spells.
    But Nick Pope, Matt Targett, Joelinton and Elliot Anderson remain unavailable.
    Who will be the star players?
    Bukayo Saka added two goals to his Premier League tally against Burnley last weekend.
    He now has 12 goals and seven assists in 24 league appearances this season.
    Legendary Arsenal manager Arsene Wegner hailed him as “world class” this week.
    The Frenchman told beIN SPORTS: “He is top level. He is top level because he is the type of player who makes differences at that level of game and has a great future.
    “He is a top person as well. Humble, wants to learn, wants to work, so his career will now be decided by how much he wants to continue to improve, but he is certainly one of the three best English players. I would say he is world-class.”
    Bukayo Saka has continued to be a key player for Arsenal this season
    Bruno Guimaraes has been one of Newcastle’s most consistent players
    Bruno Guimaraes has been one of Newcastle’s stand-out players so far this season.
    The midfielder has registered seven goal contributions in 24 games since the start of the campaign.
    He is also yet to be significantly impacted by injury.
    Guimaraes ruffled some feathers last time he came up against Arsenal, with some fans convinced he should’ve been sent off for an elbow on Jorginho.
    What has been said?
    Following last weekend’s impressive win over Burnley, Arteta said: “We are showing a high efficiency at the moment in front of goal, and you see especially the purpose, the way we’re playing at.
    “We always want to play forward and be a threat, and the players up front, they feel really connected at the moment. That’s a different story because it gives us much more tranquillity, especially to finish the games off.”
    Mikel Arteta wants his team to continue their impressive Premier League run of formCredit: Alamy
    Meanwhile, following last week’s 2-2 draw with Bournemouth, Howe admitted: “I’m well aware and I think people who watch us regularly are aware, that we’re not at full power at the moment, we’re not at our fluent best but I think the reasons for that are obvious.
    “We are a bit disjointed. We had players playing today who maybe wouldn’t be in their best positions given a free hand. But everyone is giving as much as they can to get consistent results.
    “We have to look at the positives. It’s another game unbeaten for us, we’re getting points where we went through a spell when we weren’t.”
    When is Arsenal vs Newcastle?

    Arsenal’s clash with Newcastle will take place on Saturday, February 24.
    The game will kick off at 8pm GMT.
    Arsenal vs Newcastle will be held at Emirates Stadium.

    What channel is it on and can it be live streamed?

    Arsenal vs Newcastle will be shown live on TNT Sports in the UK.
    You can live stream the action from the Discovery+ app, which is available for download onto your mobile or tablet device.

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    Odds

    Arsenal – 4/11
    Draw – 4/1
    Newcastle – 7/1

    *Odds courtesy of Ladbrokes and correct at time of publication. More