Tottenham Hotspur are enjoying a good run in the FA Cup. After winning a replay against Leicester City and thrashing a hapless Colchester United, Spurs have drawn Crystal Palace in the Fifth Round of the domestic competition.
Today, the English Football Association announced the dates and times for every fixture in the Round of 16. They are as follows and all times are UK standard time:
Saturday, February 20:
Arsenal vs Hull City - 12:45 pm
Reading vs West Brom / Peterborough (Replay set for February 10) - 3:00 pm
Watford vs Leeds United - 3:00 pm
Bournemouth vs Everton - 5:15 pm
Sunday, February 21:
Blackburn Rovers vs Liverpool / West Ham (Replay set for February 9) - 2:00 pm
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR vs. Crystal Palace - 3:00 pm
Chelsea vs. Manchester City - 4:00 pm
Monday, February 22:
Shrewsbury Town vs. Manchester United - 7:45 pm
As it stands right now, Tottenham Hotspur - Crystal Palace is not going to be on TV in England as Blackburn vs the winner of Liverpool / West Ham will be on BT Sport. There has been no announcement regarding coverage in the United States as FOX Sports holds the rights to the FA Cup stateside.
This match will be sandwiched in between our Europa League ties with Fiorentina. The first leg of that matchup is in Italy, so Spurs will have to fly back to London and prepare for Palace in two days' time.
Crystal Palace are not on a great run of form. While the South London club have advanced this far in the FA Cup, they have won just two matches in their previous nine across all competitions, including a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Tottenham back on January 23. In those nine fixtures, Palace have managed just five goals while surrendering 14 and have looked lost in their attack without Yannick Bolasie. Palace, if you'll recall, managed to sign Emmanuel Adebayor as cover, though Bolasie is supposed to be back in time for our cup tie.
With Spurs flying high and Palace doing the exact opposite, Tottenham are in great position to get to the quarterfinals. Nothing is a guarantee in football, but this is a good draw that could see Spurs just one more match away from playing at Wembley in a semi-final.