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FA Cup 2014 Fixtures: Quarter-Final Schedule, Preview, Live Stream and TV Info

Everton's manager Roberto Martinez claps as he watches his side during the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Everton at the White Hart Lane stadium in London, Sunday, Feb. 9  2014. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
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Rory MarsdenFeatured ColumnistMarch 8, 2014

The magic of the FA Cup returns this weekend with the competition at the quarter-final stage and an intriguing set of fixtures to examine.

As well as a re-run of last year's final between Manchester City and Wigan, there are two all-Premier League clashes with Arsenal hosting Everton and Sunderland travelling to Hull.

Meanwhile, League One side Sheffield United take on struggling Championship side Charlton Athletic at Bramall Lane.

Read on for the full schedule, live stream, TV information and a preview of each quarter-final.

FA Cup Quarter-Finals: Schedule, Live Stream and TV Info
DateTimeFixtureLive StreamTV Info
8 March12.45pm GMT, 7.45am ETArsenal v Evertonnot availableITV1 (UK), Fox Sports 1 (US)
9 Marchnoon GMT, 7am ETSheff Utd v CharltonBT Sport appBT Sport 1 (UK)
9 March2pm GMT, 9am ETHull v Sunderlandnot availableITV1 (UK)
9 March4.05pm GMT, 11.05am ETMan City v WiganBT Sport appBT Sport 1 (UK), Fox Sports 2 (US)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/fixtures

 

Arsenal vs. Everton

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As Arsenal's Premier League challenge stutters, it is looking more and more likely that the FA Cup is the best opportunity for Arsenal finally to end their trophy-less streak which stretches back to 2005.

However, Everton will also see the FA Cup as a chance to end their own barren run which goes back even further to 1995.

And Roberto Martinez, who won the trophy with Wigan last season, beating Manchester City 1-0 in the final, is aware of the challenge facing his side:

Both sides had good wins in the previous round with Everton overcoming Swansea and Arsenal beating Liverpool.

The fact that it is at the Emirates gives Arsenal the edge, but they will need to be mindful of the attacking prowess of Romelu Lukaku.

 

Manchester City vs. Wigan

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A repeat of last year's final and an opportunity for Manchester City to exact revenge for their shock loss at Wembley when Ben Watson's late header stunned the Sky Blues.

Wigan currently sit sixth in the Championship, and their primary goal this season will be to return to the Premier League so a win at the Etihad seems highly unlikely.

They do, however, come into the game on the back of four consecutive wins in the league while Manchester City will be buoyant following their Capital One Cup triumph over Sunderland last weekend.

 

Sheffield United vs. Charlton

This match ensures that at least one lower-league side will make it to the semi-finals with United, 10th in League One, the lowest-ranked side to reach the quarter-finals since 1990.

The Blades have claimed the significant scalps of Aston Villa and Fulham in their campaign whilst Charlton, currently in the Championship's bottom three, saw off Sheffield Wednesday in the last round.

Sheffield United would seem to have the edge historically, having won all three previous meetings against Charlton, according to Eurosport. 

 

Hull vs. Sunderland

HULL, ENGLAND - MARCH 01:  Steve Bruce manager of Hull City points during the Barclays Premier League match between Hull City and Newcastle United at KC Stadium on March 1, 2014 in Hull, England.  (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

Sunderland are involved, yet again, in the latter stages of a cup competition, having lost out last weekend to Manchester City in the Capital One Cup final.

And Fabio Borini, who scored against City in their 3-1 loss, is eager to return to Wembley. As reported by Chris Young in the Sunderland Echohe said:

I want to go back there, to be at Wembley.

Scoring at Wembley is always special, especially for a foreign player.

If we can win against Hull, we’ll be going back again, which will be good. But the main thing is to get points and start pushing up the league.

And indeed Sunderland's lowly position in the Premier League—they are in the relegation zone—will likely give Steve Bruce's side the edge in this encounter.

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