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Stuart Dalgleish 5th Mar 2015 - 9:33

FA Cup Opta Facts - Quarter-Finals

Liverpool v Blackburn Rovers


  • Daniel Sturridge has scored 10 goals in his last 12 FA Cup starts.
  • Liverpool have kept only three clean sheets in their last 20 FA Cup games.
  • Rovers have seen five opposition players sent off in their last five FA Cup matches.
  • Blackburn and Liverpool have been drawn together in the FA Cup nine times, with Rovers progressing four times and Liverpool on five occasions (twice after a replay).
  • Blackburn have won none of their last 11 trips to Anfield (D4 L7) since their last victory in January 2000, which was also the last time they met in the FA Cup.
  • Blackburn's last two goals at Anfield were own goals by Liverpool players.
  • Liverpool have scored exactly two goals in each of their last eight FA Cup wins (six 2-1s and two 2-0s).
  • Liverpool have progressed on 15 of the last 16 occasions they have reached the FA Cup quarter final.
  • Rovers and Liverpool have met at the quarter final stage once, with Blackburn winning 2-1 in 1958.
  • Steven Gerrard made his Premier League debut against Blackburn and has scored four goals in his last six starts against them.



Aston Villa v West Bromwich Albion


  • Aston Villa have won nine of their last 10 home FA Cup matches (L1).
  • West Brom have won only five of their last 19 FA Cup matches against teams from the top two tiers of English football (W5 D7 L7).
  • Saido Berahino has five goals and four assists in three FA Cup appearances this season.
  • Victor Anichebe has scored four goals in his last three starts in the FA Cup.
  • Villa and West Brom have been drawn together 12 times in the FA Cup. The Baggies have won three, twice after a replay. Villa have won nine times, once after a replay.
  • Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion have met in three FA Cup finals; 1887, 1892 and 1895, the Villans winning two and West Brom the middle one.
  • In 18 Premier League meetings between these two teams, eight have been draws and the 10 wins have all been by a single goal margin (seven for Villa, three for WBA).
  • Four of the seven goals in Aston Villa's three FA Cup ties this year have been netted in the 88th minute or later.
  • Aston Villa have kept just one clean sheet in their last 19 FA Cup matches.



Bradford City v Reading


  • Jon Stead has scored in five of his last six FA Cup matches.
  • Stead is the joint leading scorer in this season's competition with five goals and also the joint leading creator with four assists.
  • Billy Knott has scored three goals in his last four FA Cup appearances.
  • This is the sixth time in a row that Reading have been drawn away from home in the FA Cup.
  • Bradford have now scored 19 goals in six FA Cup games this season.
  • Reading have never beaten Bradford in cup competition, losing the one FA Cup match and losing two and drawing four of the League Cup matches they have played.
  • Reading have only ever made the FA Cup semi final once before, in 1927 when they lost to eventual winners Cardiff City.
  • The Bantams have kept just three clean sheets in their last 19 FA Cup matches.
  • Bradford City have only reached the semi-final once before, in 1911 when they went on to win the trophy. They beat fellow 2015 quarter finalists Blackburn Rovers in the 1911 semi.
  • There have been three red cards in the last two meetings between Bradford and Reading in Yorkshire.



Manchester United v Arsenal


  • Wayne Rooney has scored seven goals in his last eight FA Cup matches.
  • Arsenal and Manchester United have participated in a joint-high 18 and won a joint-high 11 FA Cup finals each.
  • Olivier Giroud has scored seven and assisted four goals in his 11 FA Cup appearances.
  • Manchester United have kept a clean sheet in each of their last four FA Cup games against Arsenal.
  • Arsenal are through to the FA Cup Quarter finals for the 11th time under Arsene Wenger. They have progressed to the Semi Final in nine of the previous 10. The only time they were eliminated was in 2011 against Manchester United.
  • The Gunners and the Red Devils have been drawn together 13 times in the FA Cup with Arsenal winning six (one on a penalty shoot out) and Man Utd seven.
  • Arsenal and Manchester United have met twice in the final (the Gunners coming out on top both times) and three times in semi finals (United progressing each time).
  • Manchester United have won 11 and lost just one of their last 15 matches against Arsenal in all competitions.
  • Wayne Rooney has scored more goals against Arsenal than any other player in Premier League history (11) and has found the net in all three of his FA Cup appearances against Arsenal (in the 2005 shoot out and in normal play in the last two ties).
  • The only two survivors from the 2005 FA Cup final are Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie who was in the Arsenal team.
  • There have been red cards in four of the last seven FA Cup meetings between Arsenal and Man Utd.
  • Robin van Persie has scored in five of the last seven meetings between Arsenal and Manchester United.
  • Manchester United have won nine and lost none of the last 10 matches against Arsenal at Old Trafford.
  • Manchester United had their first shot on target in their 2-1 victory over Arsenal at the Emirates in the 85th minute earlier in the season in the Premier League and that put them 2-0 up.
  • Juan Mata has scored four goals and assisted two more in five starts in all competitions against Arsenal.
  • Arsenal v Manchester United conjures up many famous moments, such as the last ever semi-final replay in 1999 decided by Ryan Giggs' wonder goal, the 2005 final, the first time a final was decided on a penalty shoot out and the "five minute final" where Arsenal had been pegged back from 2-0 up to 2-2 and then saw Alan Sunderland score a last minute winner.






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