Wigan Athletic

Will Wigan wing it through?

The giant-killers are in action in a massive weekend of Emirates FA Cup quarter-final drama

With just eight teams left, who will hold their nerve and book their place in the semis?

Emirates FA Cup quarter-finals, from Saturday 17 March, BT Sport + BBC One

In most years, a clash between the last two Premier League champions or a repeat of the 1983 final would be the headline story in the run-up to the Emirates FA Cup quarter-final weekend. But in most years the last eight does not feature a third-tier team who have beaten three Premier League sides, including the mighty Manchester City.

We are, of course, talking about Wigan Athletic. In the third round of this year’s competition, the League One side beat Bournemouth. In the fourth round, they dispatched West Ham. And in the fifth round, they caused one of the biggest shocks in the tournament’s history by ousting Pep Guardiola's star-studded Premier League leaders.


But can they do it again to reach the semis? The Latics’ prize for beating one of the best teams in Europe was a home quarter-final against 1976 winners Southampton.


Also battling to make the last four are reigning Premier League champions Chelsea, who visit 2015/16 Premier League winners Leicester City; 12-time FA Cup winners Manchester United, who face Brighton & Hove Albion in a repeat of the 1983 final; and eight-time FA Cup winners Tottenham Hotspur, who travel to Swansea City.


All in all, it’s a lip-smackingly brilliant line-up of fixtures – and Virgin TV customers with the Full House TV package can watch all four quarter-finals live on the box. Get in!


The Emirates FA Cup quarter-finals live on Virgin TV


Swansea City v Tottenham Hotspur
Saturday 17 March, 11.30am, BT Sport 1/HD (CH 531/527)

Manchester United v Brighton & Hove Albion
Saturday 17 March, 7pm, BT Sport 1/HD (CH 531/527)

Wigan Athletic v Southampton
Sunday 18 March, 12.45pm, BT Sport 1/HD (CH 531/527) + BBC One/HD (CH 101/108)

Leicester City v Chelsea
Sunday 18 March, 3.45pm, BT Sport 1/HD (CH 531/527) + BBC One/HD (CH 101/108)


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