Crystal Palace booked their place in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup for the second time in three years with a 2-0 win over Doncaster Rovers yesterday, prompting Eagles fans everywhere to ask when and where the draw for the last eight will take place.
With Chelsea v Manchester United all set to be screened live on BBC One at 7:30 this evening, we’ll see the draw straight after live on the same channel, with the balls being picked by former Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher and ex-Chelsea man Wayne Bridge.
This year’s competition has seen a number of less fashionable teams make their way through the pack with just Manchester City (4) and one of Chelsea or Manchester United (5) left in the bag from the stereotypical “Big Six”, alongside them are Wolverhampton Wanderers (1), Millwall (2), Crystal Palace (3), Swansea City (6), Watford (7) and Brighton & Hove Albion (8).
Whilst prize-money is seldom discussed as a particularly important factor in FA Cup success for Premier League sides, each of the eight teams are now guaranteed at least £360,000 for reaching the quarter-finals, with that sum jumping to £720,000 if they make it into this season’s semis.
The potential for ties against Brighton or Millwall is obviously exciting from a Palace perspective but in truth, I’ll just be happy to avoid Manchester City, United or Chelsea in the last eight. Let’s hope luck is on our side by the time the balls are let out of the bag.