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Simon Gott 2nd Jan 2014 - 11:11

FA Cup 2013-14 Opta Facts– January 4th-5th

 

Round Two Replay

Crawley Town v Bristol Rovers

  • Crawley are unbeaten in three meetings with Bristol Rovers (W1 D2); including a 0-0 draw in the original FA Cup meeting this season.
  • Bristol Rovers have progressed on each of their last three appearances in the FA Cup second round.
  • They are also unbeaten in their last four FA Cup replays (winning two on penalties); having lost the previous three.
  • The Red Devils have won just one of their last seven home matches in all competitions (D3 L3).

 

 

Round Three

Blackburn Rovers v Manchester City

  • This will be the third time the two teams have faced off in the Third Round (1914 and 1934). City have won both previous matches at this stage.
  • Manchester City have won the last three meetings of these teams (in all comps) without conceding a goal and scoring eight themselves.
  • Blackburn have won 10 of their last 11 home FA Cup third round matches (including home replays); keeping seven clean sheets in those matches.
  • Rovers have lost just one of their last four FA Cup matches against opposition from a higher division (W2 D1); including a 1-0 win over Arsenal last season.

Aston Villa v Sheffield United

  • Aston Villa have won seven and lost just one of their last 10 clashes with Sheffield United (in all competitions).
  • The Villains have won four of their last five ties in the FA Cup against the Blades; losing once.
  • United have lost each of their last five games in the cup against opponents from a higher division.
  • In their last eight FA Cup games against higher ranked opponents, Sheffield United have managed to score just three goals.
  • Since 2009, Aston Villa have won all six of their FA Cup matches at Villa Park, scoring exactly three goals in five of these games.

Barnsley v Coventry City

  • The last five games between these two teams (all comps) have been won by the home team.
  • Barnsley have won none of their last six home games (D3 L3; all comps).
  • The Sky Blues have won just one of their last six FA Cup matches away from home (D3 L2).
  • Only twice in their last 12 appearances in the Third Round have Barnsley progressed.
  • Coventry have failed to score just once in their last seven visits to Oakwell, however this was on their last visit.

Bolton Wanderers v Blackpool

  • After losing their first three FA Cup matches against Bolton, Blackpool have won the last three; including the 1953 final.
  • In all competitions, the last three games between these two teams have been drawn; including a 0-0 earlier this season in the Championship.
  • Bolton have been eliminated at this stage of the FA Cup on just two occasions in the last nine years (2008 & 2009).
  • Away from Bloomfield Road, the Seasiders have lost five of their last eight FA Cup matches (W2 D1).
  • Mark Davies has scored against Blackpool in each of his previous two appearances against them (all comps).
  • Jermaine Beckford has scored seven goals in his last five FA Cup appearances.

Bournemouth v Burton Albion

  • Bournemouth have won all three of their previous meetings with Burton Albion (all competitions).
  • Burton Albion have never scored a goal against Bournemouth, conceding 11 goals in the process (three meetings).
  • Bournemouth have won just two of their last six home games in the FA Cup (D2 L2).
  • This is the third time in five seasons since returning to the Football League that Burton have reached the Third Round. Just once have they gone further (Round Four in 2011).
  • In their last eight appearances at this stage, The Cherries have advanced just three times.

Brighton & Hove Albion v Reading

  • Brighton have failed to score in their last three matches against Reading (all competitions).
  • In all competitions, Reading have been victorious on their last four visits to Brighton.
  • After being eliminated in their previous six Third Round ties, Brighton & Hove Albion have progressed through their last four at this stage of the competition.
  • Reading have won five of their last seven FA Cup matches away from home (L2).
  • Defeat at home to Arsenal last year was the first FA Cup home game in 10 that Brighton had lost (W5 D4).

Bristol City v Watford

  • Despite being relegated last season, Bristol City remained unbeaten against Watford in the Championship (W1 D1).
  • Both teams have won two, lost two and drawn two of their last six meetings in league football.
  • City have gone out in the Third Round of each of the last six FA Cups; with two going to replays.
  • Watford have won 12 and lost two of their last 16 FA Cup meetings with teams from a lower division.
  • Just two of Watford's last 11 FA Cup games have been away from home.

Charlton Athletic v Oxford United

  • Charlton have won eight and lost none of their last nine clashes with Oxford in all competitions (although they did lose on penalties in the 2002/03 League Cup).
  • Earlier this season, Charlton knocked Oxford out of the League Cup with a 4-0 victory at Valley Parade.
  • Charlton have lost their last three Round Three matches in the FA Cup, failing to score on each occasion.
  • Oxford are unbeaten in four away games in the FA Cup (W3 D1).
  • Charlton striker Marvin Sordell bagged seven goals in seven FA Cup appearances for Bolton and Watford.

Doncaster Rovers v Stevenage

  • Doncaster won one and drew one of the two league meetings between the two teams last season in League One.
  • Four of the five goals scored between the two teams last season arrived in the final 30 minutes.
  • This will be the first meeting between the two teams in the FA Cup.
  • Rovers have won five of their last eight FA Cup meetings with teams from lower divisions (D2, L1).

Everton v Queens Park Rangers

  • Everton are unbeaten in three league clashes with Queens Park Rangers (W1 D2).
  • Queens Park Rangers have avoided defeat on three of their last five visits to Goodison Park (W2 D1 L2).
  • QPR have won just one of their last eight matches on the road (D4 L3; all competitions).
  • The Toffees have lost just once in their last six FA Cup games at Goodison Park (W4 D1).
  • Rangers have lost each of their last seven clashes with teams from a higher division in the FA Cup.

Grimsby v Huddersfield Town

  • Grimsby have won two and lost just one of their last five meetings with Huddersfield (all competitions).
  • The last clash between these two teams came in the FA Cup in December 2007, Huddersfield won 3-0.
  • The Mariners have lost just one of their last seven FA Cup matches as a non-League team (W3 D3).
  • Huddersfield have won two of the previous three meetings between these two teams in the FA Cup; scoring exactly three goals in both wins (3-1, 3-0).

Ipswich Town v Preston North End

  • Preston have been victorious on three of their last six visits to Ipswich (D1 L2; all competitions).
  • The two teams met in the Third Round of the 1980 FA Cup, Ipswich won 3-0.
  • The Tractor Boys have won just three of their last 10 Third Round matches (D1 L6).
  • Against teams from a higher division, Preston have won just one of their last 13 FA Cup games (L12).

Kidderminster v Peterborough United

  • The only previous meetings between the two teams came in the 1966 FA Cup. Kidderminster lost 2-1.
  • As a non-league side, Kidderminster have won just one of their last 10 FA Cup clashes with Football League opposition (D3 L6).
  • Peterborough have won 13 and lost just one of their last 21 FA Cup matches against non-league opposition.
  • Six of the Harriers last seven FA Cup ties (including this one) have been at home.

Macclesfield Town v Sheffield Wednesday

  • The only previous meeting between these two sides came back in 1976 in the FA Cup. Wednesday won 3-1.
  • Macclesfield reached the Fourth Round for the first time last year with victory over second tier Cardiff City; having failed in their previous nine attempts at this stage.
  • The Owls have won just one of their last four FA Cup matches away from Hillsborough (D1 L2).
  • Wednesday have beaten non-league opposition on eight of the last nine occasions they have been drawn against them (L1).

Middlesbrough v Hull City

  • The home team has won each of the last four league encounters between these two teams.
  • Hull City have lost seven and won none of their last eight trips to Middlesbrough (all competitions).
  • Middlesbrough have won none of their last five FA Cup games against Premier League opposition (D1 L4).
  • In fact, they have not defeated Premier League opposition since they themselves were a top flight club (West Ham in 2009).
  • The Tigers have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last 10 matches in the FA Cup.

Newcastle United v Cardiff City

  • Newcastle have won each of their last three matches against Cardiff City (all league).
  • Loic Remy scored twice as Newcastle beat Cardiff 2-1 earlier this season.
  • The Bluebirds have won five and lost none of their last six clashes with teams from the same division in the FA Cup.
  • Newcastle have conceded exactly one goal in each of their last five home games (all in the league).
  • Cardiff have reached the Fourth Round just three times in the last 11 years.

Norwich City v Fulham

  • Norwich have won none of their last 13 clashes with Fulham, drawing three and losing 10 (all competitions).
  • Fulham have won two and lost eight of their last 10 matches away from Craven Cottage (all competitions).
  • One of those two wins was against Norwich on Boxing Day (2-1 in the Premier League).
  • Norwich have won two and lost three of their last six meetings with teams from the same division in the FA Cup.
  • Returning forward Clint Dempsey has scored six goals in his last four FA Cup appearances.

Rochdale v Leeds

  • Leeds have won both of their clashes with Rochdale, without conceding a goal (one in the League Cup, one in the FA Cup and both away).
  • Rochdale's win over Rotherham in the previous round was the first time in six FA Cup matches that they had beaten opposition from a higher division (L5).
  • Leeds United have advanced from the Third Round just twice in the last eight years; although all of those ties were against teams from top two divisions.
  • The Whites have won just two of their last 10 on the road (D1 L7; all competitions).

Southampton v Burnley

  • Both teams have won two, drawn two and lost two of their last six meetings in all competitions.
  • The only FA Cup meeting between the two came back in 1908 when Southampton won 2-1 (Round One).
  • Away from home Burnley are without a win in six (D4 L2; all competitions), having started the season with six wins from seven (L1).
  • Southampton have won 13 and lost just one of their last 16 FA Cup matches against teams from lower divisions.

Southend v Millwall

  • Southend have failed to score in their last three matches against Millwall in all competitions.
  • Millwall have won three and lost none of their last five clashes with Southend (D2; all comps).
  • At home, Southend are unbeaten in six FA Cup matches (W2 D4).
  • The Lions kept four clean sheets in six matches last year as they reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup.
  • Southend's Barry Corr has netted nine goals in his last 11 FA Cup games.

Stoke City v Leicester City

  • Stoke have won two and lost just one of their last five meetings with Leicester (D2; all comps).
  • The Potters have won seven and lost none of their last nine matches against teams from lower divisions in the FA Cup.
  • Leicester have won one and lost three of their last six FA Cup clashes with Premier League opposition.
  • The away team has failed to win any of the last nine meetings between Stoke and Leicester; drawing four (all comps).
  • Jonathan Walters has helped Stoke with six goals in his last nine FA Cup appearances.

West Bromwich Albion v Crystal Palace

  • Crystal Palace have won just one and lost seven of their last nine FA Cup matches when drawn against opposition from the same division.
  • West Brom have advanced to the Fourth Round in five of the last seven years. However, both eliminations have come in the last three years.
  • Palace have won two and lost just one of their last six meetings with WBA in all competitions. That defeat came earlier this season in the league.
  • Shane Long, who could return from injury to play, has scored five goals in his last seven FA Cup appearances.

Wigan Athletic v MK Dons

  • This will be the first ever meeting between Wigan Athletic and MK Dons.
  • Wigan have won just two of their last nine at the DW Stadium in all competitions (D4 L3).
  • The Dons have won just four of their 14 away games so far this season; losing eight.
  • Last year, Wigan became the first team to win the FA Cup and be relegated in the same season.
  • The Latics had failed to go any further than the Fourth Round in any of the previous 26 years of the FA Cup before winning it last season.

Yeovil v Leyton Orient

  • Despite Yeovil winning promotion from League One, it was Leyton Orient that won two of their three meetings last season (L1; all competitions).
  • Yeovil have avoided defeat in just four of their last 12 FA Cup matches (W2 D2).
  • Orient are unbeaten in five on the road (W2 D3; all comps).
  • On-loan midfielder Marvin Bartley has scored in two of his last three appearances in all competitions for Leyton Orient.

Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur

  • The home team have won each of the last five meetings between Arsenal and Tottenham (all competitions).
  • Arsenal have won three of the five previous FA Cup meetings between these two teams (L2). The last meeting came in the 2001 semi-final with Arsenal winning 2-1.
  • Tottenham have won just two of their last nine away games in the FA Cup (D3 L4).
  • Defeat to Blackburn in Round Five last season was the first game in 34 that Arsenal had lost at home in the FA Cup (W24 D9).
  • Jermain Defoe has scored five goals and assisted another three in his last eight FA Cup appearances.

 

Nottingham Forest v West Ham United

  • Nottingham Forest have won only one of their last ten games against the Hammers  in all competitions (D2 L7)
  • The two teams' last meeting in the FA Cup came in Round 4 in 2011, when a Victor Obinna hat-trick sealed a 3-2 win for West Ham.
  • Forest haven't won any their last three Round 3 ties at the City Ground (D2 L1) and have been eliminated on each occasion.
  • The Hammers have made it past Round 3 only twice since 07/08, both times at the expense of a Championship side.
  • Mark Noble scored twice from the spot in the last league encounter between these two sides in Jan 2012, to give West Ham a 2-1 win.

Sunderland v Carlisle

  • Sunderland have been eliminated in two of the last three seasons at the Third Round stage to teams from a lower division (Notts County in 2011, Bolton in 2013).
  • The two have plenty of FA Cup history, with Sunderland beating Carlisle in Round 3 in 1994 and 1995, both in replays.
  • However, the Cumbrians dumped the then holders out in 1974, in a replay at Roker Park after a 0-0 draw.
  • Sunderland have never beaten Carisle at home in the FA Cup (D2 L1).
  • Carlisle last made it past the Third Round in 1997, beating Tranmere 1-0 - they've lost their last three games at this stage (Arsenal in 2001, Everton in 2010, Torquay in 2011).

 

Derby County v Chelsea

  • This will be the first meeting between the two since March 2008, where Chelsea thrashed the Rams 6-1 at Stamford Bridge. Frank Lampard scored four on the day.
  • The last FA Cup tie between the two sides came in Round 3 in 1988, in which Chelsea won 3-1 at the Baseball Ground.
  • Derby have progressed in eight of the last nine years from the Third Round, losing only to then non-league Crawley in 2011.
  • This is the first time since 1996 that Derby have faced a team from a higher division in Round Three.
  • Chelsea haven't lost a Third Round tie since 1998, where they were beaten  5-3 by Manchester United.
  • The Blues have scored 21 goals in their last four Third Round games, conceding just once (W4).
  • Chelsea are unbeaten in seven against Derby, winning six and drawing once (in all competitions).

Liverpool v Oldham Athletic

  • This is the third year running that the Reds have faced the Latics, with each side holding one win each.
  • In last year's FA Cup, Oldham beat the Premier League side 3-2 in Round Four to progress.
  • In 2012, Liverpool ran out 5-1 winners at Anfield. Liverpool had five different goal scorers on that day, though only one (Steven Gerrard) remains at the club.
  • Oldham's last win at Anfield came almost a century ago, in December 1914. Since then, they've drawn once and lost nine times.
  • The Reds have lost only one of their last 39 FA Cup Third Round ties to a team from a division below them (1-0 to Burnley in 2005; excluding replays).
  • Liverpool have scored in each of their last 14 games against Oldham (in all comps), last failing to find the net in 1922 against them.

Port Vale v Plymouth

  • This will be only Vale's fourth Third Round appearance since the 2000 FA Cup. The last time they progressed to Round 4 was in 2006, by beating Doncaster 2-1.
  • Plymouth have lost their last four league games against Port Vale, failing to score in three of those fixtures.
  • Port Vale's last four victories in Round Three have all come at home (1991, 1994, 1996 and 2006; including replays).
  • The Pilgrims last beat a higher tier team in Round Three in 1975, by beating Blackpool 2-0 (D2 L8; excluding replays).
  • After scoring just once in their previous five Round Three matches, Vale have scored exactly two goals in each of their last two.

Manchester United v Swansea City

  • Manchester United are unbeaten in seven against the Swans (in all competitions), winning five and drawing twice.
  • Robin van Persie and Danny Welbeck both scored braces in their previous meeting this season, a 4-1 win on the opening day of this season.
  • This will be the first meeting between the two sides in the FA Cup.
  • Swansea have won three of their last four Third Round games away from home (L1; excluding replays).
  • The Red Devils have progressed in all but one of their last 28 Third Round ties (1-0 defeat to Leeds in 2010).
  • Manchester United are unbeaten in 22 Round Three matches against teams from the same division (W18 D4), winning 15 of the last 16.
  • In fact, United's last defeat in Round 3 to a side from the same division came in 1980 (1-0 to Tottenham Hotspur in a replay).

 

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