2017-2018 FA Cup

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Swansea 2-0 Sheffield Wednesday: Ayew in right place, right time

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A sixth Premier League side is through to the FA Cup quarterfinals, after the latest team prevented another lower-level side from advancing.

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Swansea City progressed on Tuesday after picking up a 2-0 win over Championship club Sheffield Wednesday at the Liberty Stadium.

Second-half substitute Jordan Ayew broke the dealock for the Swans, scoring just 10 minutes after entering the pitch for the Premier League side.

Ayew finished off a close-range attempt in the 55th minute, after Tom Carroll was unlucky not to score just prior when he struck both posts with a venomous strike from long distance.

Then, Nathan Dyer doubled the lead with a tidy finish under 15 minutes remaining in regulation to help secure a place in the next round.

The hosts began to face a great deal of pressure in the 29th minute, when two good attempts for Sheffield came in that tested goalkeeper Kristoffer Nordfeldt.

The Swans shot-stopper made a brilliant save to his right after a scorching left-footed shot from Jacob Butterfield at the top of the box, before a follow-up attempt was pushed aside for a corner kick by the keeper.

Nordefeldt was tested once again in the 35th minute when Lucas João tried a curling effort off of a Sheffield counterattack. However, the goalkeeper was game to make the save yet again, denying the Championship side.

Swansea’s best chance of the opening stanza came four minutes later after Ki Sung-Yeung drove a low, powerful shot towards the left post, but missed just wide of the target.

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The Premier Leaguers will now join Wigan, Southampton, Brighton, Manchester United, Leicester and Chelsea in the quarterfinals. The winner of Tottenham and Rochdale’s replay on Wednesday will decide who the Swans face in the final eight.

Video: Rochdale puts Tottenham on upset alert at the half

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It’s been a tremendous season for Ian Henderson, particularly in the FA Cup, and now he and his side are one half away from upsetting one of the Premier League giants.

Henderson’s finish on the brink of halftime has put League One side Rochdale up 1-0 against Tottenham Hotspur, as the minnows aim to become the first non-PL side to advance to the quarterfinals in this season’s tournament.

A sloppy giveaway from Spurs near midfield created the attack for the hosts, and allowed Rochdale to capitalize on one of its few attacks during the opening stanza.

Video: Rondon’s exquisite volley not enough to save West Brom

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Salomon Rondon’s second-half volley was not only a beauty, but one of tremendous difficulty.

Unfortunately for he and his West Bromwich Albion side, though, it wasn’t enough for the Baggies to survive in this season’s FA Cup fifth-round tie against Southampton.

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The Saints progressed to the quarterfinals on Saturday behind goals from Wesley Hoedt and Dusan Tadic, and join fellow Premier League sides Chelsea, Brighton & Hove and Leicester City in the final eight.

Tadic’s goal came in the 56th minute, doubling the Southampton lead, but Rondon’s quality volley two minutes later provided West Brom with a temporary moment of relief (below).

FA Cup live: Six PL sides in action

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Chelsea and Leicester City were the first clubs to progress into the FA Cup quarterfinals, so which sides will join them on Saturday?

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Six Premier League clubs will be in action, including Manchester United, who takes on fellow top-flight cohorts Huddersfield Town at the Kirklees Stadium.

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Meanwhile, Sheffield Wednesday and Coventry City each aim to continue their impressive runs in this season’s competition, as they take on Swansea City and Brighton & Hove Albion, respectively.

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Below is the full schedule for Saturday’s FA Cup matches.

Sheffield Wednesday vs. Swansea City — 7:30 a.m. ET
Brighton & Hove Albion vs. Coventry City — 10 a.m. ET
West Bromwich Albion vs. Southampton — 10 a.m. ET
Huddersfield Town vs. Manchester United — 12:30 p.m. ET

Follow Live: Full day of FA Cup Saturday action

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With one game nearly complete, the rest of the FA Cup slate gets under way in earnest at 10:00 a.m. ET.

Leicester City has finished off a 5-1 win over League One side Peterborough after braces from Kelechi Iheanacho and debutant Fousseni Diabate. That marks the Foxes as the third side into the 5th Round after Manchester United and Sheffield Wednesday.

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Nearly the entire rest of the 4th Round slate kicks off this morning, with a full nine Premier League clubs taking the field. A pair of Premier League matchups dot the Saturday landscape with Southampton hosting Watford in the morning. Later in the day, at 2:45 p.m. ET, Liverpool hosts West Bromwich Albion.

Southampton and Watford played to a 2-2 draw just 15 days ago in Premier League play, but both sides could use a win to boost their confidence. Southampton’s only win since November came in the previous FA Cup round against Fulham where it felt they were lucky to come out 2-1 on top. They have not won in Premier League play since topping Everton 4-1 on November 26th. Meanwhile, Watford has similarly fallen off the table, with the Hornets last winning in league play on Boxing Day. They topped Bristol City at home 3-0 in the previous FA Cup round.

Another Premier League side that could use a result is Brighton Hove & Albion, who has been outscored 6-0 in their last two league losses since beating Crystal Palace in the FA Cup 3rd round.


10 a.m. ET
Southampton vs. Watford
Wigan vs. West Ham
Huddersfield Town vs. Birmingham City
Notts County vs. Swansea City
Hull City vs. Nottingham Forest
Middlesbrough vs. Brighton & Hove Albion
Millwall vs. Rochdale
MK Dons vs. Coventry City

12:30 p.m. ET
Newport County vs. Tottenham Hotspur

2:45 p.m. ET
Liverpool vs. West Bromwich Albion