Sheffield Wednesday's FA Cup return picked for prime ITV slot

Sheffield Wednesday's FA Cup first-round tie at home to Plymouth Argyle will be shown live on ITV.

The Owls are one of the most high-profile teams in League One this season - and therefore in the first round of the famous competition - second only to Sunderland in terms of gates, but the Pilgrims are top of the table.

Ryan Lowe's men won 3-0 at Home Park when the sides met in September.

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The game has therefore been selected as the pick of the matches ITV will show next month as live coverage of the competition reverts entirely to free-to-air television with the rights shared by ITV and BBC.

TV DATE: Hillsborough will host televised FA Cup football next month

ITV have the first pick of matches in the opening round and have chosen four matches in all, but Banbury United v Barrow, Stratford Town v Shrewsbury Town and Dagenham and Redbridge v Salford City will all be on ITV 4.

The Hillsborough match will be on the main channel, kicking off at 12.15pm on Sunday, November 7.

The Owls will be paid £50,000 as a result, and can earn nearly half as much again in prize money if they win.

As a result, the Owls will receive a broadcasting fee of £50,000 as well as a potential prize of £22,629 if they reach the second round of the competition.

Sudbury v Colchester United will be live on BBC Two on Friday, November 5 and St Albans City v Forest Green Rovers the following day.