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2015-16 FA Cup Quarter-Final Fixtures

The draw for the next stage of the FA Cup took place last night, Sunday 21st February.


Holders Arsenal will face Watford in the last eight if they beat Hull City in their fifth round replay.


Here’s the quarter-final fixture list in full:


Reading v Crystal Palace

Everton v Chelsea

Arsenal/Hull City v Watford

Shrewsbury/Manchester United v West Ham United


Fixtures will be played across the weekend of March 12.



Bi-weekly match previews – Jason Pettigrove

Just 11 fixtures remain until someone will lift the Premier League trophy aloft.

Leicester City, to the surprise of many, still remain in pole position to do so and as long as they better the results of those teams directly below them each week, the title is theirs.

Certainly the week’s are running out for the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester City to overhaul them.

In City’s case, they are in Capital One Cup Final action against Liverpool at Wembley and face a fixture pile up later in the season.

Let’s take a look at four of the games from Week 27 of the Premier League, all of which can be seen on

West Ham v Sunderland

Big Sam Allardyce returns to his old east London stomping ground looking to prove a point.

The old Hammers manager was unceremoniously dumped for Slaven Bilic and at present it looks to be exactly the right decision.

West Ham are flying high and dreaming of Europe whilst Allardyce and his Black Cats are enduring a nightmare at the opposite end of the table.

Some good recent results has seen Sunderland come within a whisker of getting out of the bottom three.

Indeed, at the time of writing, just a point separates them from the two teams above them. It’s another relegation dogfight that will go right to the wire so at least a point here will do very nicely thank you.

Jermain Defoe also returns to the club where he made his name. Don’t bet against him scoring on his last visit to Upton Park.

The main threat to the visitors is the incomparable Dimitri Payet, easily the Premier League’s best player this season.

West Ham can only climb as high as fifth with a win, and if results elsewhere go their way. It would keep them at least four points ahead of their nearest rivals however.

European football at the Olympic Stadium is looking a distinct possibility as long as the bubbles don’t fade and die once again.

Leicester City v Norwich City

When you’re down at the bottom of the table and looking for points any which way you can get them, the last place you want to go is to the team who are leading the division.

Not only that, Leicester are deserving leaders and playing some of the best football in the division.

Their last-kick-of-the-match loss to Arsenal last week was a cruel blow and has given both the Gunners and Tottenham a real fillip in their desire to hunt the foxes down.

Just two points now separate the leaders from the chasing pack meaning an unlikely win for the Canaries and we could see a new leader come Sunday evening.

As long as Claudio Ranieri’s men continue to do the business however, it puts the pressure right back on the teams in hot pursuit.

Jamie Vardy will take some stopping in front of a full King Power Stadium and against the joint leakiest defence in the division.

Perhaps it’s in the midfield where the battle will be won or lost however.

Riyad Mahrez has been one of the finds of the season, and his silky skills alongside Danny Drinkwater’s incredible work rate is likely to be too much for the visitors to handle.

Stoke City v Aston Villa

Joleon Lescott has hardly endeared himself to the Aston Villa fans by tweeting a picture of a £120,000 sports car in the immediate aftermatch of a 6-0 drubbing from Liverpool.

The inference was clear and his assertion that it happened whilst the phone was in his pocket frankly makes him look more of an idiot then previously.

It seems a lifetime ago that Stoke manager Mark Hughes was interested in his services and there is absolutely no way Lescott will reclaim his England jersey on this form. Ditto Micah Richards and Gabby Agbonlahor.

Villa have simply given up. Their top earners know that they will be sold once the club is relegated, so they’re just not bothered.

It’s an almost criminal way to treat their long suffering fans that continue to turn up in their droves.

The Potters are on the fringes of challenging for a Europa League place thanks to Hughes’ studious work in the transfer market.

If Xherdan Shaqiri, Bojan Krkic and Marco Arnautovic et al are in the mood, the Villains could be hit for another half dozen.

Manchester United v Arsenal

 The EPL game of the weekend and one of those classic fixtures that fans of both teams, and neutrals, always look forward to.

There’s not quite the intensity of days of yore – no Keane, Vieira, Keown or Van Nistelrooy – but the fixture can still pack a punch.

With United suffering their worst Premier League performance ever under Louis Van Gaal, the Red Devils are there for the taking.

They are so poor that even a team that was only formed in 1999 managed to beat them convincingly in the Europa League this past week.

An utter shambles.

The only possible crumb of comfort that the hosts have in their favour is that the Gunners play this match off of the back of their Champions League date with Barcelona.

If things don’t go according to plan for Arsene Wenger’s men in that game, coming into this one low on confidence could be an issue.

That said, if the north Londoners can’t get themselves up for a match that potentially takes them to the top of the table then they don’t deserve to win the title.

What price Danny Welback to play against his old team and prove decisive – again?!

Other games available on IPTVKing are Southampton v Chelsea, Watford v Bournemouth, West Bromwich Albion v Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspur v Swansea City.


Superbowl Sunday 2016

This Sunday February 7th sees the 50th Superbowl take place between Broncos & Panthers.

You can watch all the action on our IPTV media boxes!!


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RBS 6 Nations – Fixtures

This weekend sees the start of the RBS 6 Nations and the current Champions Ireland will take on Wales in the first round at the Aviva Stadium.


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FA Cup – Fifth Round Draw

The draw for the fifth round of the FA Cup took place on Sunday 31st January with the following results:


Chelsea v Manchester City

Reading v West Brom or Peterborough

Watford v Leeds United

Shrewsbury Town v Manchester United

Blackburn v Liverpool or West Ham

Tottenham v Crystal Palace

Arsenal v Hull

Bournemouth v Everton


The ties will be played on the weekend of 19-22 February.


Bi-weekly match previews – Jason Pettigrove

Can you believe we are already in February and that the end of the season is just three short months away. Time flies when you’re enjoying yourself!

As usual, will be bringing you all of the English Premier League action for Week 25.

We start at Villa Park this week as we look at a handful of fixtures in more depth…

Aston Villa v Norwich City

The proverbial relegation six-pointer in the Midlands this weekend.

The Canaries are teetering dangerously on the precipice whilst a Villa win brings them to within three points of nearest rivals Sunderland.

Even a victory for the hosts is unlikely to save them in the long term. The win would still mean that they are seven points behind Norwich in fourth bottom – a cavernous gap to make up at this stage.

Remi Garde’s side are at least showing a fighting spirit and small green shoots of recovery.

Two wins out of 24 tells its own story mind.

It’s doubtful there’s ever been a worse performing team in the Premier League at this point of the season.

Just 18 goals scored too is by far the fewest of all 20 teams. Luckily they play a side that are shipping goals for fun.

Only Sunderland have conceded more than Norwich this season.

This will be an open, slightly crazy game given its context and although the goals will come, neither team have enough about them to take the win.

Stoke City v Everton

Two teams that are playing some wonderfully attractive and attacking football at this juncture.

The Potters continue to put to bed the notion that they are long-ball merchants and under Mark Hughes’ tutelage, they are going from strength to strength.

Right in amongst it in the challenge for the European places, if Stoke can continue to at least win their home games then there is every chance that Europa League football will find a home at the Britannia Stadium next season.

In Everton, they are up against one of the brightest young teams in the division.

If anything, Roberto Martinez’s side are a little too naïve at times, hence their current placing in the table.

More than able to score goals with the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Gerard Deulofeu in attack, the visitors need to learn when to shut up shop at the back.

John Stones is being talked up as the best central defender to come through at any club for some while.

Clearly however, he and his colleague have much to learn when it comes to defending a lead or otherwise.

With a vocal home support behind them, the hosts could put on a show and teach their opponents a lesson or two at both ends of the pitch.

Bournemouth v Arsenal

The south coast side are going to have to be careful over the next few matches.

Their brand of football is intoxicating and continues to enchant but the plain fact of the matter is that Bournemouth are just a few points above the drop zone.

A couple of results going against them and the trap door is well and truly opened.

In truth, Eddie Howe’s men continue to have rotten luck with injuries and in some games their expansive way of playing should probably be foregone for something more industrial.

Points mean prizes and the hosts are now in desperate need.

Arsenal need the win for an altogether different reason and the Gunners are primed and ready to hit the top of the table at just the right time.

Man for man, this game is men against boys and we could see the full range of passing exhibited by Mesut Ozil and co here.

Other teams have shown that if you get at Arsene Wenger’s side that they are still vulnerable, and to that end a long-overdue title may still be out of their grasp.

But with Alexis Sanchez now back from an extended spell on the sidelines, the north Londoners have enough in attack to make life difficult for any opponent.

Chelsea v Manchester United

Always one of the first fixtures that you look for when the list comes out at the beginning of

the season.

Having said that, given how poorly these two are currently performing, at this present moment it isn’t perhaps the glamour fixture of old.

Two Premier League heavyweights yes, but neither packing a significant enough punch.

Louis Van Gaal keeps harping on about his “philosophy” but a series of incredibly dull games hardly gives the Dutchman any credibility.

And it’s not as if he doesn’t have the staff. Rooney, Depay, Martial, Herrera, Mata et al

There appears to be a reticence to play in a free-flowing style which patrons of the red half of Manchester have become accustomed to. It wasn’t even this bad under David Moyes!

Fellow Oranje Guus Hiddink has at least steadied the ship at Stamford Bridge, albeit it says more about the players’ attitudes than their previous manager.

If there’s one way to get a manager sacked it’s to ensure that he has “lost the dressing room.” Pretty poor show when you think about it.

In any event, this one won’t be low on action and the cut and thrust of yore. Goals will probably be at a premium however..

Southampton v West Ham United

An intriguing clash down at St. Mary’s.

Two teams that are perched just in behind the top four with just a few points in it at present.

Slaven Bilic’s side have proved beyond doubt this season that they’re no longer the pushovers that many have the Hammers down for each season.

The next half dozen games are crucial to the aspirations of the east Londoners and lack of injuries are key to their progress.

Look at the way in which they dropped away when Dmitri Payet was injured, and where they find themselves now that he, Enner Valencia and others are coming back to full fitness.

The Saints continue to play in Ronald Koeman’s own image and the wily transfer addition of Charlie Austin could see them make a late run into the upper echelons of the table.

There are sure to be battles right across the pitch as both sides go foraging for gold, but we’re almost certainly guaranteed a draw here.

The last four between the two at this venue have ended either 0-0 or 1-1.

Given how equal they are this season in terms of personnel and results, the likelihood of another draw is high.

Other matches this weekend, all available on are: Manchester City v Leicester City, Tottenham Hotpsur v Watford, Newcastle v West Bromwich Albion, Swansea City v Crystal Palace and Liverpool v Sunderland.



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Bi-weekly match previews – Jason Pettigrove

Just 15 games left in the Premier League season after this one so any points picked up over the next handful of games could be vitally important come the shake up at the business end of the season.

Let’s take a look at four games from the forthcoming weekend, all of which will be available via…

Leicester City v Stoke City

The Foxes are continuing to surprise just about everyone this season.

As we approach February, Claudio Ranieri’s side are still up at the top albeit results have tailed off a little since Christmas.

The draw against bottom club Aston Villa would’ve been hugely disappointing and the hosts will have to start converting the draws into wins again if they want to stay one step ahead of the chasing pack.

Considering where they were as a side last season, wherever they end up finishing this will be considered a success, but there’ll be great disappointment in this part of the Midlands if they can’t capitalise on such an outstanding first half of the season.

Mark Hughes’ side have clawed their way up the table and nestle in the top ten with points to spare.

Playing a brand of football that is so pleasing on the eye, Stoke wouldn’t look out of place in Europe at the moment.

That has to be the aim with the likes of Bojan Krkic, Marco Arnautovic and Xherdan Shaqiri in their ranks.

The Potters would like nothing better than putting a spoke in their local rivals own quest for the big time.

Could be a feisty affair this one!

West Ham United v Manchester City

The Hammers stunned just about everyone earlier in the season when taking the scalps of Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City on their own patch.

The double over Liverpool has already been achieved – West Ham’s first in over 50 years – and Slaven Bilic will want to replicate that against a City side who still look a solid bet for the Premier League title.

The hosts will have to do it without Andy Carroll of course, the striker injured last time out and now sidelined for up to eight weeks.

Mario Balotelli has been linked with the east Londoners and by the time this game comes round, West Ham may have a surprise striker in their midst.

And one who would be unleashed against his former club too. Football does seem to have a habit of throwing up such quirks.

City will be a much tougher nut to crack this time however. They were caught cold at the Etihad but will be fully prepared to extend a decent run of goalscoring form. Crystal Palace just the latest to be hit by a flurry of goals.

De Bruyne, Silva, Ageuro, Toure. All of the big games are playing ominously well at present and it would be another magnificent performance indeed if West Ham could come out on top in this one.

It certainly wouldn’t do their own Champions League hopes any harm.

Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur

No one has really spoken about Spurs as possible title contenders and in many respects that’s probably just how Mauricio Pochettino and co like it.

Tottenham remain in fourth spot but just a couple of wins from the summit and given their form throughout the 2015/16 campaign so far, they absolutely cannot be discounted from the mix at this stage.

Heading across London and a date with Alan Pardew’s high-flying Eagles is likely to prove one of their more difficult assignments between now and the end of the season.

Palace are amongst a clutch of seven mid-table clubs that could drop as many as six places should results go against them one particular week but are just four points off of fifth spot.

This match is therefore particularly crucial to their aspirations of European football next season.

Pardew certainly believes his side are capable of the same and hasn’t been shy letting anyone know. Putting pressure of the likes of Yannick Bolasie and others perhaps whilst still giving them something to aim for.

The hosts will have to lock down Christian Eriksen of they want to get anything from the game. He more than any other Spurs player this season seems to be able to find time and space at will.

If he is able to do so again here, he will destroy Palace and silence the home crowd in double quick time.

Arsenal v Chelsea

Another London derby to finish this week’s round up and the game of the weekend, even if Chelsea remain in 14th place in the table.

The Gunners against the Blues always has a talking point or two.

Arsene Wenger hasn’t often seen his side as favourites in this particular fixture but it would be hard to look further than them on this occasion.

Mesut Ozil is outstripping anything Cesc Fabregas is doing on the assists front and with the German playing such outstanding football at this juncture, a goal is never too far away.

Petr Cech would like to get one over his old side for obvious reasons and if he were to get another shut out to add to his Premier League record, he is one step closer to his second successive Premier League title but with two different teams.

The contest between Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin and Chelsea left-back Cesar Azplicueta will likely be one of the highlights of the game, both players enjoying being able to attack directly and at pace.

The rest of the west Londoners back line is creaking badly and if Arsenal’s speedsters can get the run on the likes of John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic, this could get embarrassing.

Other games available via are Norwich City v Liverpool, West Bromwich Albion v Aston Villa, Manchester United v Southampton, Watford v Newcastle, Sunderland v Bournemouth and Everton v Swansea City.


FA Cup fourth-round draw

Arsenal v Burnley

Bury/Bradford City v Hull City

Carlisle/Yeovil v Everton

Colchester v Tottenham/Leicester

Crystal Palace v Stoke City

Derby v Manchester United

Eastleigh/Bolton v Leeds United

Exeter City/Liverpool v West Ham

Huddersfield/Reading v Walsall

Ipswich/Portsmouth v Bournemouth

Northampton/MK Dons v Chelsea

Nottingham Forest v Watford

Oxford United v Newport County/Blackburn

Shrewsbury v Sheffield Wednesday

West Bromwich/Bristol City v Peterborough

Wycombe/Aston Villa v Manchester City


Ties will be played between 29 January and 1 February.

Bi-weekly match previews – Jason Pettigrove

Week 21

The festive leftovers and decorations have long since gone and straight after the classic FA Cup 3rd round weekend comes Premier League match week 21.

The reverse of fixtures earlier in the season, plenty of sides already have scores to settle and points to put on the board.

Let’s look at four games in a little more detail, all of which will be available on…

Bournemouth v West Ham United

The first fixture between these two sides was a seven goal thriller, Bournemouth securing their first three points of the season at Upton Park.

It came as a shock more because of the way that West Ham themselves had started rather than an expected poor return from Eddie Howe’s men as they began to find their feet at the top level of English football.

Howe’s team stuck to their game plan perfectly on the day and the south coast side threaten to undermine the Hammers’ push for Europe once again.

Of the two teams, the hosts are arguably in better form although the return of Dimitri Payet well ahead of schedule will boost the east Londoners no end.

That West Ham’s poor run of form coincided with Payet’s omission through injury tells us much and Slaven Bilic will be keen to wrap his star player in cotton wool for the remainder of the 17 matches that remain after this one.

If Payet and Manuel Lanzini are able to author a run of victories for the visitors starting here, there’s every chance that West Ham will be in the shake up for Europe come the end of the season.

And there’d be no better way of celebrating their move to the iconic Olympic Stadium.

Thoughts of continental meanderings need to be put to the backs of their minds however because Howe will ensure Bournemouth are competitive in all areas of the pitch.

Ex-West Ham player Junior Stanislas to pull the carpet from under his previous employers here….?

Manchester City v Everton

Everton would be much higher placed in the Premier League if they didn’t ship so many goals.

Of the top 13 sides in the division, the Toffees are one of the worst defensively and the same has undermined the excellence of their front men, particularly Romelu Lukaku and Gerard Deulofeu.

This could be an untimely visit to the Etihad Stadium therefore, Kevin de Bryne, Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero won’t give the Everton back line a moments peace and a high-scoring home win could really dent the confidence of Roberto Martinez’s side.

That said, without Vincent Kompany at the back, City aren’t the same proposition. One man may not make a team but the Belgian is one of a dying breed of leader and he brings something extra to the party.

A congested midfield is likely to be where the game is won or lost and the ability to find the right passing lanes and quick turnover ball will see either team get their reward.

Points wise, Everton are in a bit of a no mans land at the moment. Too many points to be troubled by a relegation dogfight, too little to be anywhere close to the top few sides.

City are still right in amongst it and another victory here cements their place in the top four.

Liverpool v Arsenal

The match of the weekend without a shadow of a doubt.

Both teams are in good form at this point of the season with Arsenal having far more to lose.

Many experts are now tipping Arsene Wenger’s side to go on and win their first Premier League title in years, but being favourites will really ramp up the pressure on the Frenchman’s young side.

Can they handle it?

Games against their big rivals, of which Liverpool have always been one, are matches where they ideally need to take all three points.

Given Liverpool’s resurgence under Jurgen Klopp, Wenger may well be happy with a point here albeit Anfield is a ground which treats the north Londoners well.

Aside from the 5-1 thrashing at the beginning of 2014, you have to go all the way back to 2008 to find the last time Liverpool defeated Arsenal at home.

The Gunners are scoring goals too. At least two per game in all of their December fixtures bar the Boxing Day loss at Southampton, their last away day.

With a trip to Stoke at the Britannia Stadium following this match, a ground where Arsenal traditionally struggle, Messrs. Giroud, Walcott et al need to be on top form.

An early 2016 classic may well be on the cards!

Tottenham Hotspur v Leicester City

Leicester are still not being given the credit that they deserve for an outstanding season thus far.

Let’s not forget that they were favourites for relegation not nine months ago. Their transformation since then has been nothing short of incredible.

Although Jamie Vardy’ record-breaking run has come to an end, he is still a massively integral part to what Claudio Ranieri is trying to achieve and the Italian won’t want his club to become only the second after Newcastle United to not win the total with the points haul that the Foxes had at Christmas.

Other than in 1996, every other team with a similar haul went on to lift the trophy. The only thing that will stop Leicester from doing so is the belief of their players and technical team. 

Are they really good enough? Can they come back from potential setbacks? All questions that haven’t needed answering to this point.

Tottenham are coming up fast on the rails.

The north Londoners have only lost a couple of games themselves this campaign and are playing their best football for many a year.

Harry Kane continues to do the business but there’s no doubting that a new face or two in attack will benefit both Kane and the wider team as a whole.

Too much pressure on the youngster’s shoulders will burn him out and that’ll be a travesty for Tottenham and England fans.

Bound to be another game for the football purist between two teams who’ve played just about the most attractive football in the division to date in 2015/16.

Other games this weekend and also available at – check the schedules for details – are as follows; Aston Villa v Crystal Palace, Newcastle United v Manchester United, Chelsea v West Brom, Southampton v Watford, Stoke City v Norwich City and Swansea City v Sunderland.