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Andrew Tibot 21st Sep 2015 - 8:25

Capital One Cup 3rd Round Opta Facts

Aston Villa v Birmingham

These West Midlands rivals have met seven times previously in the League Cup - three times across two legs in 1963 (final), 1989 and 1994 (second round) and once in the quarter-final (2010).

The Blues won the 1963 final 3-1 on aggregate.

Villa have been eliminated in their previous two home ties in the third round, failing to score in either.

Since winning the League Cup in 2011, Birmingham have only gone beyond the third round once, reaching the fourth round in 2013/14.

The Blues have gone 203 minutes of football at Villa Park without scoring.

Gabby Agbonlahor has scored in three of his last five meetings with the Blues.

 

Fulham v Stoke

These two sides met in the Third Round in 2010/11, with Stoke running out 2-0 winners.

This is Fulham's first League Cup game against a side from a higher division since the quarter-final in 2000/01 when they were beaten by Liverpool.

Since Stoke were promoted to the Premier League in 2008, they've only failed to reach the fourth round once, when they were knocked out in the second round in 2012/13 by Swindon.

The Potters are unbeaten in four away League Cup games, winning two in normal time and two on penalties.

 

Hull v Swansea

The two sides have one previous meeting in the League Cup in August 2008, with the Swans winning 2-1 at the KC Stadium to progress.

The Tigers have only progressed beyond the third round four times (1974, 1976, 1978 and 2014) and on each occasion they were eliminated in the fourth round.

Since winning the trophy in 2012/13, Swansea have won every home tie (3) but been eliminated in each of their two away ties - Birmingham in 2013/14 and Liverpool last season.

Indeed, the Swans have kept clean-sheets in seven of their last nine League Cup games, conceding only in those defeats to Birmingham and Liverpool.

 

Leicester v West Ham

The two sides met in the semi-final of the 1963/64 competition, with Leicester progressing 6-3 on aggregate.

Foxes striker Joe Doodo scored with every shot he had in the Second Round away at Bury, netting a hat-trick.

There have been 17 goals scored in West Ham's previous four third round games.

The last time Leicester met a Premier League side as a top flight club in a home League Cup game was October 2001, when they lost 6-0 to Leeds United at Filbert Street.

 

Middlesbrough v Wolves

This is the first meeting between the two sides in the League Cup.

Boro's Christian Stuani has scored four goals in two League Cup games and is the competition's current top scorer.

Wolves haven't progressed beyond the third round while not as a top flight club since 1995/96 when they reached the quarter-final as a second tier side.

Middlesbrough have scored in 16 consecutive home third round ties.

 

Preston v Bournemouth

This is the first meeting between the two sides in the League Cup.

The Lilywhites have failed to progress beyond the third round in the past 12 seasons, last reaching the fourth round in 2002/03 when they were hammered 5-0 by Aston Villa.

The Cherries have only gone beyond the third round on three occasions, reaching the fourth round in 1962 and 1964 and the quarter-final last season.

Preston have netted in their previous nine home League Cup games, while Bournemouth have scored nine goals in their previous three away games in the competition.

 

Sunderland v Man City

The two sides have met three times previously in the League Cup, most recently in the 2014 final, won 3-1 by Man City.

The Black Cats have won six of their previous seven home League Cup games, scoring 19 goals in the process.

City have scored in 16 consecutive away League Cup games, stretching back to the third round in 2003/04.

The previous five all-Premier League League Cup ties at The Stadium of Light have ended 2-1, with Sunderland winning three.

 

Reading v Everton

These two sides have only met once before in the League Cup, with Everton winning 1-0 in the second round in the 1973/74 season.

Reading have only gone beyond the third round once in the past nine years, losing 7-5 to Arsenal in the fourth round in October 2012 (the joint-highest scoring game in the competition's history).

The Toffees have come unstuck in the third round in the previous three seasons, losing to Leeds (2012), Fulham (2013) and Swansea (2014). All defeats were away from home.

Everton have been eliminated away from home in six of the past seven seasons.

 

Crystal Palace v Charlton

The two sides have met in three separate seasons in the League Cup, with Palace eliminating Charlton on each occasion including in the third round in 2004/05.

Palace have gone beyond the third round once in 10 seasons, when they reached the semi-final in 2011/12 before losing to Cardiff.

Charlton have netted exactly four goals in four of their last six League Cup games.

This is the first time The Addicks have played a Premier League side in the League Cup since October 2006 when they beat Bolton 1-0 in the third round.

 

MK Dons v Southampton

This is the first League Cup meeting between the two sides and the first in any competition since April 2011 when they met in League One.

The Dons have eliminated Premier League opponents in three of the past five seasons, netting four goals each time - Blackpool (4-3, 2010), Norwich (4-0, 2011) and Man United (4-0, 2014).

The Saints have won their previous four third round games, scoring exactly two goals each time.

Southampton lost to lower-league Sheffield United last season; they haven't been knocked out two years consecutively by teams from lower divisions since 2007.

 

Newcastle v Sheffield Wed

This is the first meeting between the two sides in the League Cup. They last met on Boxing Day 2009 in the Championship.

The Magpies have won 11 consecutive League Cup games against teams from lower divisions, last losing to second-tier West Brom in the third round in 2003/04.

The Owls haven't progressed beyond the third round in any of the last 13 seasons, reaching the third round three times and getting knocked out by Premier League sides each time.

Wednesday's last trip to a Premier League side saw them lose 7-0 at Manchester City in the third round last year.

 

Norwich v West Brom

Norwich have eliminated The Baggies on each of the two occasions the two sides have met in the competition in 1974 and 1979.

The Canaries have lost just one of their last six home League Cup games (4-1 to Aston Villa in the 2012/13 quarter-final).

West Brom have conceded exactly two goals in their last three away League Cup games (W2 L1).

Norwich's last clean-sheet in the competition came in September 2012; since then, they have conceded 17 goals in eight games.

 

Tottenham v Arsenal

There have been 12 meetings between the North London rivals in the League Cup, including four semi-finals.

The most recent League Cup meeting was in the third round in 2010/11 at White Hart Lane. Arsenal won the game 4-1 AET.

Spurs have been eliminated by Premier League opposition in the previous nine years (discounting 2008 when they won it).

Spurs have won their previous four home League Cup games.

Last season's third round defeat to Southampton was Arsenal's earliest League Cup exit since November 2002, when they lost 3-2 to Sunderland in the third round.

The Gunners haven't been eliminated in an away third round tie since 1991/92, when Coventry knocked them out at Highfield Road. They have progressed in their 11 away third round ties since.

 

Walsall v Chelsea

Chelsea have eliminated Walsall on the three occasions the two sides have met in the League Cup previously.

This is the Saddlers' first appearance in the third round since 2002/03, when they were knocked out 5-4 on penalties by Blackburn, following a 2-2 draw.

Walsall haven't reached the fourth round since 1997/98.

Walsall last claimed a top tier scalp in 1983/84, when they knocked out Coventry over two legs. They have since defeated Charlton (1987/88) and West Ham (1994/95) but lost the ties on aggregate.

The last time Chelsea were eliminated from the League Cup by a club from a lower division was in 1989/90 when Scarborough Town (fourth tier) won 4-3 on aggregate.

Chelsea were last knocked out in the third round in 2010/11 when Newcastle beat them 4-3 at Stamford Bridge.

 

Liverpool v Carlisle

Liverpool and Carlisle have met twice previously in the League Cup, with Liverpool victorious 5-1 in a replay at Anfield after a 1-1 draw in the 1972/73 season.

Three of the previous four occasions the Reds have been eliminated from the League Cup in the third round has been at the hands of teams from lower divisions: Northampton (2010), Crystal Palace (2005) and Grimsby (2001).

Liverpool have only failed to score in four of their 106 home League Cup games, last failing in 1995 against Newcastle.

The Reds are without a home clean-sheet in the competition since January 2005 against Watford, conceding in 11 games since then.

This is Carlisle's first appearance in the third round as a fourth tier club.

The Cumbrians haven't knocked out a top flight side since the 1970/71 season when they eliminated Manchester City in the second round.

 

Man United v Ipswich

This is the third meeting between the two sides in the League Cup. Both sides have one win each in previous meetings (United winning 1971, Ipswich in 1997).

The Red Devils have won 12 of their last 13 home League Cup games, failing to beat second tier Crystal Palace at Old Trafford in November 2011.

Man United have scored in all but two of their last 20 League Cup games, the exceptions being 4-0 defeats to West Ham (2010) and MK Dons (2014).

Although Man United have only been eliminated from the FA Cup once by lower league opposition in the past 30 years (Leeds in 2010), this has happened eight times in that time in the League Cup - Sheffield Wednesday (1991), York (1995), Ipswich (1997), West Brom (2003), Southend (2006), Coventry (2007), Crystal Palace (2011) and MK Dons (2014).

This is the first time since reaching the semi-final in 2010/11 that the Tractor Boys are in the third round.

Ipswich last progressed in an away League Cup tie against top-flight opposition in 2000/01 at Man City.

Ipswich's striker David McGoldrick has assisted more goals than any other player in this year's League Cup (4).

 
 
 

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