CHELSEA and Liverpool will go head-to-head in the FA Cup fifth round – despite not playing each other.
The Blues are set to take on Championship side Luton Town while Liverpool host Premier League strugglers Norwich.
But TV scheduling sees the two fixtures clash on rival channels.
Chelsea kick-off on Wednesday 2nd March at 7.15pm live on BBC One.
The Reds meanwhile are slated to get underway an hour later, live on ITV.
That means neutrals face 45 minutes of switching channels between Chelsea’s second-half and Liverpool’s first – or having to find two screens to watch.
The fifth round schedule spans a whopping seven days from 1st-7th March.
Manchester City’s trip to relegation-threatened Peterborough United will be the first match shown live – on ITV on Tuesday 1st March.
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And Nottingham Forest’s clash with Huddersfield rounds off the action on Monday 7th March – live on ITV4.
The crowded fixture list is still feeling the effects of the chaos caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
This season the FA Cup has done away with replays from the third round onwards in a bid to ease the congestion.
Games that end in a draw are now settled by 30 minutes of extra-time and a penalty shootout if necessary.
FA Cup fifth round TV schedule
Tuesday 1st March
Peterborough United v Manchester City – ITV, 7.15pm
Crystal Palace v Stoke City – BBC Red Button, 7.30pm
Middlesbrough v Tottenham Hotspur – BBC One, 7.55pm
Wednesday 2nd March
Luton Town v Chelsea – BBC One, 7.15pm
Southampton v West Ham United – BBC Red Button, 7.30pm
Liverpool v Norwich City – ITV, 8.15pm
Thursday 3rd March
Everton v Boreham Wood – ITV, 8.15pm
Monday 7th March
Nottingham Forest v Huddersfield Town – ITV4, 7.30pm
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