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Jon Riley 3rd Jan 2013 - 11:48

FA Cup 3rd round Opta Facts

FA Cup 2012-13
Third Round Opta Facts

 

Brighton v Newcastle

  • Brighton and Newcastle have met four times before in the FA Cup; the Magpies progressed in the first meeting in 1930, but the Seagulls have since won the last three ties including in Round 4 last season.
  • Brighton have won three of their last five FA Cup games against higher-ranked sides, including that victory over the Magpies last term.
  • The Seagulls have only lost one of their last 12 FA Cup games on home soil, and have not been eliminated from the competition at home since 2008.
  • Newcastle have not won an away game in the FA Cup since January 2006, when they won 2-0 at fourth tier Cheltenham Town.

Aldershot v Rotherham

  • Aldershot Town have met Rotherham once before in the FA Cup since their reformation in 1992, winning 3-0 away from home in a replay after a 1-1 draw in Round 1 of the 2009 competition.
  • Rotherham have not made the fourth round of the FA Cup since 2002, when they eliminated top-flight Southampton at this stage before losing to Crewe.
  • This is Aldershot's first appearance in Round 3 since 2007; the Shots have not made the fourth round since 1987, when they lost to Barnsley.
  • Aldershot have won their last three home games in this competition, and have only lost one of their last eight.

Aston Villa v Ipswich

  • Villa and Ipswich have met four times before in the FA Cup, winning two ties apiece with the Villans winning the last clash back in 1996.
  • Aston Villa have won their last five FA Cup games at Villa Park, scoring exactly three times in each one.
  • The Midlands side have progressed through each of their last nine ties against lower ranked sides, with Sheffield United the last to eliminated them back in 2005.
  • Ipswich have lost their last 10 FA Cup games against teams from a higher division, and have only won one of their last 25 (23 ties).

Barnsley v Burnley

  • This will be the first FA Cup meeting between Barnsley and Burnley since 1911, when the Clarets won a Round 2 match 2-0 on home soil.
  • Barnsley have lost their last four FA Cup round 3 games and haven't picked up a victory since their run to the semi-finals back in 2008.
  • Burnley have only won one of their last 11 away FA Cup games, conceding nine in total in their last two.
  • The Clarets have only mustered one clean sheet in their last 15 outings in the FA Cup (conceding 30 in total).

Macclesfield v Cardiff

  • This will be the first meeting between these sides in the FA Cup, though their most recent meeting came in the League Cup in 2005, when the Welsh side prevailed 2-1.
  • Cardiff have won 11 and drawn three of their last of their last 14 FA Cup games against lower ranked sides, and have not lost against a team from a lower league since 1995, when they eliminated by Enfield.
  • After three away wins on the way to the final in 2008, Cardiff have failed to win any of their ensuing five on the road in the FA Cup, drawing two and losing three.
  • The Silkmen have only lost one of their last 11 on home soil in the FA Cup proper, and that was against Everton in 2009.

Blackburn v Bristol City

  • This will only be the second FA Cup meeting between Blackburn and Bristol City; the Robins won the first back at this stage of the 1951 competition (2-1).
  • Rovers have won 12 and lost just one of their last 16 FA Cup games at Ewood Park, scoring at least once in each of their last 14.
  • The Robins have only made it past the third round once in the last 10 years, reaching Round 4 back in 2007.
  • City have only scored one goal in their last six FA Cup games combined.

Bolton v Sunderland

  • Bolton have won just one of their six previous FA Cup ties against Sunderland, with that win coming at this stage of the 1980 competition.
  • Interestingly, five of the previous six FA Cup ties between the Trotters and the Black Cats have come in Round 3, with Sunderland winning the last 2-1 in 2009.
  • This will be Bolton's first FA Cup game against a team from a higher division since the 2000 Final against Aston Villa, where they lost on penalties after a 0-0 draw.
  • The Black Cats are unbeaten in three FA Cup away games after a run of five consecutive defeats on the road between 2005 and 2010.

Charlton v Huddersfield

  • Charlton and Huddersfield have an equal head-to-head record in the FA Cup; Huddersfield eliminated Charlton from the 1926 competition before the Addicks got revenge in 1958 after a replay.
  • The Addicks have only lost one of their last 12 FA Cup games at the Valley, winning seven and drawing four.
  • Huddersfield have scored exactly once in 14 of their last 19 FA Cup away games, though they have netted more than once on only one occasion in this run.
  • The Terriers are without a win in 10 games in all competitions, drawing five and losing five.
  • Jermaine Beckford has scored six goals in his last four FA Cup appearances.

Crawley v Reading

  • This will be the first competitive meeting between Crawley and Reading.
  • Crawley Town have lost both of their previous FA Cup meetings with top flight opponents.
  • Reading have won four of their last five FA Cup ties against sides from lower divisions. However, they were eliminated in the third round last season by third-tier Stevenage.
  • The Red Devils have won four and lost just one of their last six home games in the FA Cup.

Crystal Palace v Stoke

  • The one previous FA Cup clash between the Eagles and the Potters saw Stoke claim a 1-0 home win in Round 3 in 1989.
  • Crystal Palace have won just one of their last six FA Cup games, including suffering defeat in each of the last three.
  • After progressing beyond the third round just once from 1995-2005, Stoke City have gone beyond this stage five times in the last seven years.
  • The Potters have conceded just three goals in their last six away matches in the FA Cup, keeping four clean sheets in that time.

Derby v Tranmere

  • The last nine meetings between Derby and Tranmere, all in the Football League, have seen 44 goals scored - an average of 4.89 per game.
  • Derby County have managed just nine goals in their last nine home games in the FA Cup, scoring exactly one goal on seven occasions.
  • Rovers have kept just one clean sheet in their last eight FA Cup clashes with opponents from higher divisions.
  • The Rams have won just one of their last seven FA Cup matches (W1 D4 L2) against teams from lower divisions.

Fulham v Blackpool

  • After winning their first ever FA Cup tie against Blackpool in 1936, the Whites have lost their ensuing three against the Tangerines, with the latest coming back in 1957.
  • Fulham have lost just three of one last 15 matches in the FA Cup third round (W9 D5 L1). They have won their last four in a row.
  • Blackpool have progressed past the third round just twice in their last 13 appearances at this stage of the FA Cup.
  • The Whites have kept five clean sheets in their last seven home games in the FA Cup.

Hull v Leyton Orient

  • Hull and Leyton Orient have met once before in the FA Cup, at this stage of the 1963 competition; The O's progressed after a replay thanks to a 2-0 away win.
  • Hull City have won five and lost one of their last six FA Cup ties with lower-league opposition.
  • Leyton Orient have won seven and lost just two of their last 12 games in the FA Cup.
  • The O's have progressed on three of the last four occasions they have reached the FA Cup third round.

Leeds United v Birmingham

  • This will be the fifth FA Cup meeting between Leeds and Birmingham; Leeds have won three of the previous four, including the 1972 semi-final, but did lose the last clash (0-3 in 2005).
  • Birmingham have already won at Elland Road this season in the league. Leroy Lita scored the only game of the game back in October.
  • Birmingham have lost five and won just one of their last six FA Cup clashes with sides in the same division.
  • Since beating Manchester United 1-0 at this stage of the competition in 2010, Leeds have won none of their FA Cup games (D2 L3).

Leicester v Burton Albion

  • Both previous clashes (all competitions) between these midlands rivals have been won by the away team, with the Foxes winning the one FA Cup clash 1-0 in 1985.
  • The Brewers have already eliminated Leicester from the Capital One Cup this term, winning 4-2 at the King Power Stadium back in August.
  • Burton Albion have won two and lost five of their last nine FA Cup clashes with teams from higher divisions.
  • The Foxes have progressed in each of their last five FA Cup ties against lower league opposition, conceding just four goals in six games.

Luton v Wolves

  • Wolves have won both of their previous two FA Cup ties against Luton, winning 2-1 in Round 3 in 1932 and 4-1 in Round 5 in 1960.
  • Wolves have won both of their FA Cup matches against non-league opponents since November 1986 when they were eliminated by Chorley thanks to a second replay.
  • Luton have won just three of their last 14 games against teams from a higher division in the FA Cup (W3 D4 L7).
  • Both teams have scored in six of Luton's last eight home FA Cup games; with 31 goals being scored in those eight matches.

Man City v Watford

  • The Citizens and the Hornets have met twice before in the FA Cup; Watford progressed after two replays in 1986 while City won a fourth round game 4-1 at home back in 1997.
  • Manchester City have won 13 and lost just two of their last 19 FA Cup clashes with sides from the second tier of English football.
  • Matej Vydra has scored four goals in his last two starts for Watford in all competitions.
  • Yaya Toure has scored three goals in his last four FA Cup appearances, including the winner in 2011 FA Cup final.

Middlesbrough v Hastings Utd

  • Hastings United are making their third appearance in the FA Cup third round but are yet to make it to the next stage; they lost 0-3 to Norwich in a replay in 1954 and 1-2 against Sheffield Wednesday in 1955.
  • Hastings have never kept a clean sheet against a league side in the FA Cup.
  • Middlesbrough have not lost to non-league opposition in the FA Cup since February 1912 when they were beaten by West Ham United. In that time, they have won 12 matches and drawn six.
  • Boro have won three and lost three of their last six home games in the FA Cup.

Millwall v Preston

  • Milwall and Preston have met twice before in the FA Cup, but not since 1948. Preston won that third round tie 2-1 after the Lions had won in Round 2 in the 1903 competition.
  • The Lions have won their last 12 clashes against opponents from lower divisions, although the last two have gone to replays.
  • Preston have won three of their last four away games in the FA Cup.
  • Darius Henderson has struck four times in his last three FA Cup games for Millwall.

Nottm Forest v Oldham

  • Oldham won their one previous FA Cup clash with Forest 5-1 back in 1913, only in four different FA Cup games have the Latics scored more goals.
  • Nottingham Forest haven't scored against Olham in any of their last five meetings in all competitions.
  • Oldham have won four and lost just one of their last six FA Cup matches.
  • Three of Forest's last five FA Cup ties have gone to replays, winning one and losing one of the other two.

Oxford Utd v Sheff Utd

  • Oxford United and Sheffield United are meeting for the second successive FA Cup competition; last season, the Blades won 3-0 on home soil in Round 1.
  • Oxford have won just one of their last seven FA Cup clashes against teams from higher divisions (W1 D1 L5).
  • Sheffield United have won their last six games in the FA Cup when the higher ranked team.
  • The Blades have kept just one clean sheet in their last 15 FA Cup matches.

Peterborough v Norwich

  • These sides have only met in the League Cup in 1986, when the Canaries advanced in a tight two-legged tie.
  • Posh have won two and lost four of their last eight FA Cup games.
  • The Canaries have kept just one clean sheet in their last 18 FA Cup games.
  • Grant Holt has scored five times for Norwich in the FA Cup from just four starts.

QPR v West Brom

  • QPR and West Brom have an even head-to-head in the FA Cup; the R's won a semi-final clash in 1982 before the Baggies won a third round game a year later.
  • QPR have won none of their last 13 matches in the FA Cup third round (excluding replays) (W0 D8 L5).
  • When drawn against teams from the same division in the FA Cup, QPR have been eliminated on each of the last nine occasions.
  • West Brom have won six and lost just two of their last 11 away matches in the FA Cup.

Sheff Wed v MK Dons

  • Both sides have found the net in all six previous clashes between Sheffield Wednesday and MK Dons.
  • MK Dons have never beaten Sheffield Wednesday in all competitions (D4 L2).
  • Sheffield Wednesday have won their last five FA Cup matches against lower league opposition, scoring 15 goals along the way.
  • The Owls have reached the Fourth Round of the FA Cup in the last two years, after failing to get beyond the Third Round at any time from 2002-2010.

Southampton v Chelsea

  • Three of the four previous FA Cup clashes between the Saints and the Blues have gone to a replay, with Southampton winning all four ties including a Round 3 victory in 1981.
  • Southampton have lost 14 of their last 18 FA Cup matches against sides in the top flight.
  • Juan Mata scored four and assisted four goals for Chelsea in the FA Cup last year (from seven appearances).
  • Frank Lampard has been involved in nine goals (scored five, assisted four) in his last eight FA Cup appearances for Chelsea.

Southend v Brentford

  • The one previous FA Cup clash between the Shrimpers and the Bees came back in 1929, when Southend won a first round game 1-0 on home soil.
  • Southend have already eliminated Brentford from the JP Trophy this season; winning 2-1 on December 4th 2012.
  • Five of Southend's last seven FA Cup ties have gone to a replay.
  • Brentford have conceded just two goals in their last three FA Cup games away from home.

Tottenham v Coventry

  • This will only be the second FA Cup meeting between Tottenham and Coventry since the famous 1987 Final, when Gary Mabbutt's own goal earned the Sky Blues a dramatic extra-time win.
  • Spurs have won both of the other FA Cup ties between these sides, winning 3-1 in 1981 and 2-0 in 2002.
  • Coventry City have lost eight and won just two of their 13 clashes with top flight sides in the FA Cup.
  • Jermain Defoe has scored five times in his last six starts in the FA Cup.

Wigan v Bournemouth

  • The one previous FA Cup game between Wigan and Bournemouth was at this stage of the 1986 competition and ended 3-0 to the Latics.
  • Bournemouth have qualified for the fourth round on three of the last four occasions that they have reached this stage of the competition. However, this is their first appearance in the Third Round since 2005.
  • Wigan haven't kept a clean sheet in any of their last six games against lower league opposition in the FA Cup.
  • Matt Tubbs has scored five goals in his last three FA Cup appearances.

West Ham v Man Utd

  • This will be the eighth FA Cup tie between West Ham United and Manchester United, who met in the 1964 semi-finals. West Ham lead the head-to-head 4-3.
  • The last FA Cup clash between these sides in 2003, however, saw the Red Devils win 6-0 at Old Trafford.
  • West Ham have won eight and lost just two of their last 13 home games in the FA Cup.
  • Sir Alex Ferguson's side have won four of their last six matches in the FA Cup when away to fellow Premier League teams.

Swansea v Arsenal

  • This will be the fourth FA Cup tie between Swansea and Arsenal, but the first since 1968. Swansea won the first meeting between the sides in 1926 but have since lost the last two.
  • The Jacks have won their last two Premier League matches against Arsenal, 2-0 at the Emirates in December and 3-2 at the Liberty Stadium last January.
  • In 19 previous FA Cup ties with teams from the same division, Swansea have progressed just four times and on neither occasion in the last three years.
  • Arsenal haven't failed to make the Fourth Round of the FA Cup since 1996.

Mansfield v Liverpool

  • This is only the second time Liverpool and Mansfield have been drawn together in any competition; Liverpool eliminated Mansfield from the 1970/71 League Cup in the other.
  • Liverpool last faced non-league opposition in this tournament in 2008, when the Reds were forced to come from behind twice in a 5-2 defeat of Havant & Waterlooville.
  • The Stags have lost just one game in their last 12 in all competitions, winning five and drawing six.
  • In Daniel Sturridge's last seven starts in the FA Cup for Chelsea, the forward bagged himself seven goals.

Cheltenham v Everton

  • This will be the first ever competitive meeting between Cheltenham and Everton.
  • Everton have won three and lost none of their last five FA Cup games on the road.
  • Cheltenham have progressed just once in their last eight draws against teams from higher divisions; and never against a top flight side (from three ties).
  • Only once since 1912 have Everton been eliminated by a team from the fourth tier or below. It was by Shrewsbury in 2003 at this stage of the competition.

 

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