Guide to the FA Cup Quarter Finals

Friday, 18 March 2022

All you need to know for this weekend's four FA Cup matches.

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It is quarter-finals time in the FA Cup this weekend with four matches scheduled to take place over the weekend! As normal they have to be decided on the day with extra time and penalties if needed. The Ipswich v West Ham game is being shown live on the BBC Red Button and all the matches are being streamed on the FA Player. All info correct as of 7pm on Thursday 17th March. Please check clubs social media for more up to date information. Arsenal v Coventry United Venue- Meadow Park WD6 5AL Kick off time- 7pm Friday 18th March 2022 Tickets- Arsenal Women | Future Ticketing Twitter- @ArsenalWFC v @CovUnitedLFC At Meadow Park on Friday evening, 14 times winners of the FA Cup and current WSL leaders, Arsenal, take on Championship side Coventry United. Arsenal have reached this stage by beating London City Lionesses and Liverpool whilst Coventry have beaten Watford, Billericay Town and West Bromwich Albion. Coventry United were close to going out of business around Christmas/New Year time but were saved by Lewis Taylor with hours to spare. It does feel like a bit of a fairytale and the magic of the cup that months after that they have reached this stage for the first time in their history and are playing against the most successful side in the cup. Both sides are in decent form with Arsenal unbeaten in their last nine games in all competitions whilst Coventry United are unbeaten in their last four and closing in on Watford at the bottom of the Championship, now only six points behind.
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Ipswich Town v West Ham United Venue- The Goldstar Ground IP11 9HT Kick off time- 12:30pm Sunday 20th March 2022 Tickets- SOLD OUT Twitter- @ITFCWomen v @westhamwomen National League Southern Premier Division side, Ipswich Town, have reached the quarter finals for the first time in their history and take on West Ham who play in the WSL at a sold-out Goldstar Ground on Sunday. Ipswich are the first third tier side to reach this stage of the cup since Charlton in 2018. They have already won against Milton Keynes Dons, Crawley Wasps, AFC Wimbledon, Newcastle United and in the last round they beat Southampton on penalties. West Ham have beaten Sheffield United and Reading to reach the quarter-finals. Ipswich are unbeaten in their last ten games in all competitions, are currently top of the league and haven’t lost in 2022. West Ham are sixth in the league and grabbed a late draw against Manchester United in their last match. It might be a bit too much for Ipswich to win this one but this tie definitely has a bit of magic about it!
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Manchester City v Everton Venue- Academy Stadium M11 4TQ Kick off time- 12:30pm Sunday 20th March 2022 Tickets- Buy Manchester City v Everton Women's FA Cup tickets (mancity.com) Twitter- @ManCityWomen v @EvertonWomen There is a repeat of the 2020 final at the Academy Stadium on Sunday when Manchester City take on Everton. Manchester City won that final 3-1 after extra-time. Both sides have won two games to reach this stage with Man City beating Nottingham Forest and Manchester United whilst Everton won against Huddersfield Town and Charlton Athletic. Manchester City have already won the first bit of silverware on offer this season when they won the Conti Cup a few weeks ago. Both played WSL games on Wednesday evening with Man City winning 2-0 against Reading whilst Everton lost to Chelsea. Manchester City are currently fourth in the league and Everton are ninth. Manchester City are on a very good run of form having only lost once in their last fifteen games in all comps. Everton have had a disappointing season on the whole but they had won three in a row before losing to Chelsea. They met on the opening weekend of the WSL at Goodison Park when City won 4-0.
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Chelsea v Birmingham City Venue- Kingsmeadow KT1 3PB Kick off time- 2pm Sunday 20th March 2022 Tickets- Currently not available due to restrictions on Chelsea Twitter- @ChelseaFCW v @BCFCwomen This all WSL tie takes place at Kingsmeadow on Sunday afternoon. Holders Chelsea have already won against two WSL sides to reach this stage with a 3-1 victory against Aston Villa and then beat Leicester City 7-0 in the fifth round. Birmingham got through with wins against Sunderland and Durham. This is a repeat of the FA Cup final of 10 years ago in which Birmingham won on penalties after a 2-2 draw. Chelsea come into this tie after winning 3-0 against Everton on Wednesday in the league and are currently second, two points behind Arsenal with a game in hand. Birmingham are bottom of the league, eight points behind Leicester and now looking a bit doomed for relegation. The Conti Cup final is the only match Chelsea have lost in their last twelve games in all comps. Birmingham have lost their last six league matches but did put up a bit of a fight against Arsenal recently when they made a bit of a come-back before losing 4-2. In the league meeting between them at Kingsmeadow in November, Chelsea won 5-0.

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