FA Cup replay with Southampton to be televised live by BBC One

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Next Wednesday’s FA Cup third round replay between Ipswich Town and Southampton, at Portman Road, will be televised live by BBC One – the match now kicking off at 7.55pm.

It will be the sixth time the Blues have had a game televised live this season. Saturday’s second versus third Championship match against Derby County is being broadcast by Sky Sports (12.15pm ko), with earlier matches against Fulham, Norwich, Wigan and Charlton having also been selected.

In addition, the East Anglian derby match at Norwich, at Carrow Road on Sunday, March 1, has also been selected by Sky. And, with Town mounting a promotion push, there is still the prospect of more matches being chosen during the run-in.

A much-changed Town side drew 1-1 at St Mary’s on Sunday, Darren Ambrose opening the scoring before Morgan Schneiderlin equalised for the fourth-place Premier League side.

The clubs will each receive a £72,000 broadcast fee. Town’s last live appearance on BBC One was the derby at Norwich in November 2010, while the second leg of the Capital One Cup semi-final at Arsenal in January 2011 was on BBC Two.

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Tickets for the game – priced at £10 for adults, £5 for concession and £3 for under-16s – went on sale to Platinum and Gold members yesterday and were made available to season ticket holders at 9am this morning. They will go on general sale at 9am on Friday.

They are already selling quickly with fans reporting that they were being held in online queues as they looked to secure their seats this morning. The game could be Portman Road’s first 30,000+ sell-out since the play-off semi-final match with West Ham in 2005.

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Ipswich are currently second in the Championship table and are unbeaten in 12, having lost just one of their previous 21 matches.

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