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FA Cup 2017-18 fixtures and schedule

  • The 2017-18 FA Cup runs from August 5 to May 19
  • Get all the fixture details and schedule dates here
The FA Cup trophy on display outside Anfield (credit: Getty Images)

Manchester United have the chance to again equal Arsenal as the most successful club in FA Cup history, with the 2017-18 final against Chelsea scheduled for May 19 – the same day as the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Review of the 2017-18 FA Cup


The Gunners regained the outright record for the highest number of FA Cup victories in 2016-17, taking their total to 13 when they won 2-1 against Premier League champions Chelsea in the final at Wembley Stadium.

But Arsenal’s hopes of making it four FA Cup triumphs in five years have already been extinguished as they lost the opening match in their latest defence of the trophy 4-2 away to Championship club Nottingham Forest in the third round.

That means Manchester United, who punctuated Arsenal’s run of success by claiming their 12th victory in 2016, can return to joint top of the list this term having begun their campaign with a hard-fought 2-0 home win over Derby County followed by a second victory in four seasons at Yeovil Town as the Red Devils triumphed 4-0 in the fourth round.

They then won 2-0 away to Huddersfield Town to earn an Old Trafford quarter-final date against Brighton when they prevailed by the same scoreline, before hitting back from a goal down to beat Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley in the semis. That secured a clash in the final with Chelsea, who got the better of Southampton the following day.

The 2017-18 edition of the world’s oldest recognised football competition is the 137th in its illustrious history and began with the Extra Preliminary Round on Saturday August 5.

Plymouth Argyle players jog past a replica of the FA Cup during a training session (Getty Images)
History was made in the competition when the tie between Leicester City and Chelsea became the first FA Cup quarter-final to go to extra time, with replays having been scrapped in the previous season to reduce fixture congestion. With the score level at 1-1 at the end of normal time, Chelsea won 2-1 in the extra 30 minutes with a goal from Pedro.

The biggest story of last season's FA Cup before the final was the progress of the non-League clubs and Arsenal saw off the last two of them, Sutton United and Lincoln City - who became the first team from outside the top four divisions since 1914 to reach the quarter-finals.

However, that achievement was not replicated this time around because for the first time in 67 years, no club from outside the top four divisions made it through to the third round.

Instead, it was left to teams from League One and League Two to become giant-killers like fourth-tier Coventry City, who knocked out Stoke City, while Rochdale held Tottenham Hotspur to a 2-2 draw at Spotland and Wigan Athletic ended Manchester City's hopes of a domestic clean sweep when they reached the quarter-finals only to lose to Southampton.

2017-18 FA Cup fixture schedule (all kick-off times GMT)

Final

Saturday May 19


17:30 Chelsea vs Manchester United 

2017-18 FA Cup Final - 90-minute result best odds


    8/5 Manchester United (Unibet)
41/20 Chelsea (BetStars)
23/10 Draw (SportingBet)

2017-18 FA Cup Final - best odds to lift the trophy


17/20 Manchester United (Unibet)
21/20 Chelsea (Boylesports)

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FA Cup 2017-18 fixtures and schedule

Manchester United have the chance to again equal Arsenal as the most successful club in FA Cup history, with the 2017-18 final against Chelsea scheduled for May 19 – the same day as the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

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