Chelsea fans baffled as huge clash is moved to Friday night despite NOT being picked for TV

CHELSEA fans have been left baffled after their FA Cup clash against Aston Villa was moved to Friday January 26.

The game has not been selected for TV coverage as Manchester City’s visit to Tottenham will take place that evening.

Chelsea's match against Aston Villa has been moved to a Friday night


Chelsea’s match against Aston Villa has been moved to a Friday nightCredit: Reuters

ITV is set to air that clash, leaving Blues fans bemused as to why their game has been moved.

The FA Cup rights are shared by ITV and the BBC this season, with the two broadcasters set to show a selection of matches across the weekend of January 27-28.

Fans were up in arms after a potential Black Country Derby was pencilled in for 11.45am on the Sunday, with West Brom set to face Wolves or Brentford.

But Chelsea supporters have also hit out and questioned why their match has been moved for seemingly no reason.

One fan said: “What a farce.”

Another added: “Why are we on the Friday there is absolutely no excuse…. we play Tuesday then Friday. Why???”

A third wrote: “Ridiculous. Three days after the Carabao Cup tie!!🙈😡”

And another commented: “That is embarrassing TV scheduling how are we playing Tuesday then we’re put on Friday and not even on TV.”


Tottenham vs Man City – 8pm, 26 Jan – ITV1

Ipswich vs Maidstone – 12:30pm, 27 Jan – BBC One

Fulham vs Newcastle – 7pm, 27 Jan – ITV4

West Brom vs Brentford/Wolves – 11:45am, 28 Jan – ITV1

Liverpool vs Norwich/Bristol Rovers – 2:30pm, 28 Jan – ITV1

Newport County/Eastleigh vs Man Utd – 4:30pm, 28 Jan – BBC One


Four other games have been chosen for TV too with Newcastle’s trip to face Fulham and Ipswich’s clash with non-league outfit Maidstone being shown on Saturday January 27.

Liverpool’s bid to get in to the fifth round will also be shown on TV as they take on either Norwich City or Bristol Rovers.

While Manchester United’s visit to one of Newport County or National League side Eastleigh will also be televised.

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