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Fixture permutations for FA Cup scenarios

Three potential opponents fourth-round weekend…

12 January 2018

With the way that the Emirates FA Cup fourth-round draw has fallen, as well as both sides of our tie requiring a replay, there are three different scenarios that could take place.

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We face Stevenage in a replay on Tuesday 16th January and, on the same evening, Carlisle travel to Sheffield Wednesday – the winners of the two games will face each other for a place in round five.

In the interest of transparency and to help our supporters to plan for that weekend, we have below outlined the three potential scenarios and how they will affect us…

1. If Reading beat Stevenage, and Carlisle beat Sheffield Wednesday…

  • … then we will face Carlisle United at Brunton Park in the Emirates FA Cup on Saturday 27th January (3pm)
  • … and our Sky Bet Championship trip to Burton Albion at Pirelli Stadium will be rearranged to take place on Tuesday 30th January (7.45pm)

2. If Reading beat Stevenage, and Sheffield Wednesday beat Carlisle…

  • … then we will face Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough in the Emirates FA Cup on Friday 26th January (7.45pm) – this is because local rivals Sheffield United’s FA Cup fixture at Bramall Lane against Preston is due to take place on the Saturday
  • … and our Sky Bet Championship trip to Burton Albion at Pirelli Stadium will be rearranged to take place on Tuesday 30th January (7.45pm)

3. If Stevenage beat Reading…

  • … then we will face Burton Albion at Pirelli Stadium in the Sky Bet Championship as originally planned on Saturday 27th January (3pm)

We won’t know our fate until after Tuesday evening, but with three different potential destinations over the course of the weekend, hopefully the above is helpful for our fans who are planning to see us on the road!


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