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FA Cup commentator assignments on ESPN+, 4th Round

The exclusive presentation of 2018-19 Emirates FA Cup on ESPN+ will continue with all 16 matches of the fourth round beginning Friday through Monday, beginning with Championship side Bristol City vs. Bolton Wanderers, live from Ashton Gate Stadium in Bristol City, on Friday at 2:40 p.m. ET.

The highlight of the FA Cup 4th Round on ESPN+ is the four matches between Premier League teams: Arsenal vs. Manchester United (Friday, 2:55 p.m.); Newcastle United vs. Watford (Saturday, 9:55 a.m.); Manchester City vs. Burnley (Saturday, 9:55 p.m.); and Crystal Palace vs. Tottenham Hotspur (Sunday, 10:55 a.m.)

In addition to live matches, ESPN+ will feature FA Cup programs including FA Cup Round 4 Preview Show and the FA Cup Round 4 Highlight Show (after Monday).

ESPN FC, the daily soccer news highlights, analysis and information program exclusively on ESPN+, previews the round with an FA Cup special episode and will discuss the matches on the regularly-scheduled daily shows throughout the weekend.

Start your free trial to ESPN+ so you can watch all of the games live and/or on-demand.


Here’s the schedule of soccer commentators for the weekend FA Cup matches (all times Eastern):


Friday, January 25

Bristol City v Bolton (FA Cup 4th Round), 2:45am, ESPN+ — Dan O’Hagan

Arsenal v Manchester United (FA Cup 4th Round), 2:55pm, ESPN+ — Martin Tyler & Stewart Robson


Saturday, January 26

Accrington v Derby (FA Cup 4th Round), 7:30am, ESPN+ — Simon Brotherton & Efan Ekoku

Shrewsbury v Wolves (FA Cup 4th Round), 10am, ESPN+ — Nigel Adderley & Clive Allen

Swansea v Gillingham (FA Cup 4th Round), 10am, ESPN+ — Phil Blacker

Brighton v West Brom (FA Cup 4th Round), 10am, ESPN+ — Dan Mason & Adam Virgo

Doncaster v Oldham (FA Cup 4th Round), 10am, ESPN+ — Wayne Boyce

Newcastle v Watford (FA Cup 4th Round), 10am, ESPN+ — Jim Proudfoot & Matt Holland

Middlesbrough v Newport (FA Cup 4th Round), 10am, ESPN+ — Chris Wise & David Phillips

Manchester City v Burnley (FA Cup 4th Round), 10am, ESPN+ — Guy Mowbray & Garry Birtles

Portsmouth v QPR (FA Cup 4th Round), 10am, ESPN+ — Rob Daly

Millwall v Everton (FA Cup 4th Round), 12:30pm, ESPN+ — Kevin Keatings & Gary Breen

Wimbledon v West Ham (FA Cup 4th Round), 2:45pm, ESPN+ — Tony Jones & Ray Houghton



Sunday, January 27

Crystal Palace v Tottenham (FA Cup 4th Round), 11am, ESPN+ — Jonathan Pearce & Clive Allen

Chelsea v Sheffield Wednesday (FA Cup 4th Round), 1pm, ESPN+ — Gary Taphouse & Dean Ashton


Monday, January 28

Barnet v Brentford (FA Cup 4th Round), 2:45pm ESPN+ — Steve Wilson & Stewart Robson


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  1. R.O

    January 26, 2019 at 12:33 pm

    It’s such a shame that ESPN put all the FA Cup games on ESPN+. Would have been nice for ESPN to show one of Sunday’s FA Cup games on one of its TV Channels. For us non cord cutters (and not into streaming) there’s fewer available Soccer to watch on TV now then 5 years ago. I miss Fox Soccer Channel and Goltv.

    • Jon

      January 27, 2019 at 5:58 pm

      I agree that it’s a shame. Here in Canada from next year there will be no Premier League or Champions League on TV; it will all be streamed.

      • Me

        January 28, 2019 at 1:57 am

        That’s the reality of where things are rapidly headed though. Doesn’t mean you can’t watch them on a TV of course… Chromecast, Apple AirPlay or even HDMI if you’re using a laptop.

    • David

      January 28, 2019 at 12:38 pm

      I’m not a fan of streaming either. Picture quality is way better on DirecTV compared to streaming. It’s too bad things are heading that way. There are so many people that live outside of cities in Canada and the US, streaming makes things difficult with no access to decent internet speeds.

      • Jim

        January 28, 2019 at 10:42 pm

        Exactly, the quality is completely dependent on internet speed and there are many areas without high speed.

      • cmasia

        January 28, 2019 at 11:31 pm

        In my situation, I would beg to differ, and I can’t believe I’m saying this.
        I have a 65″ LG Oled 4k hdr, and ESPN’s 60 ffs, as well as MLB Extra Innings and NHL Center Ice, through my Roku seems “less compressed” than DirecTV’s signal

        I do have 150mbps down so buffering is not an issue.

        NBC’s 30ffs is another story altogether. And not a good one.


  2. Peter305

    January 26, 2019 at 12:28 pm

    We can lament the absence of the FA Cup on TV, but the ESPN+ coverage of all games is great with excellent streaming quality.

  3. Brendan

    January 26, 2019 at 8:43 am

    Has Jon Champion. Commentated his last game . Don’t see him at all

    • Christopher Harris

      January 26, 2019 at 11:00 am

      His last game is Tuesday for Newcastle-Manchester City on NBC Sports Gold.

      • Azer

        January 26, 2019 at 12:04 pm

        Newcastle vs Manchester City on Tuesday is a huge game, being relegated to NBC Sports ”Gold” and the last game for Jon Champion in the EPL. Title vs Relegation.
        I understand CNBC is not available being a business day. How about showing this game on a different channel owned by NBC Universal?
        NBC Sports clueless as always just like it’s partner in crime ESPN.

        • Payasos

          January 27, 2019 at 10:25 am

          Yes they are very clueless, they should pre empt something that has higher ratings, gets more ad revenue and that they paid more for rights fees to make soccer fans happen. They need to hire Azer from the internet!!

          • Azer

            January 27, 2019 at 1:58 pm

            Payasos – In case you’re not paying attention, there is a title race in the EPL. Surly NBC Sports can find a network owned by NBC Universal to show Newcastle vs Manchester City.
            Fox Sports shows both Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich on either FS1 or FS2. Both networks care about ratings and revenue. NBC Sports believe they’re special, never in a million years.

  4. SaintsFan

    January 25, 2019 at 10:51 pm

    No Drury. No Pleat. Looks good.
    Come on QPR!

  5. Jon

    January 25, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    It’s great to have the FA Cup commentators listed as well. Thank you!

  6. Azer

    January 25, 2019 at 5:19 pm

    If this was a list for the EPL commentator assignments, there would be a lot of comments from people. Gee, I wonder why everybody is silent?

    • MAHLUF

      January 28, 2019 at 2:56 pm

      Why is everybody silent?

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