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Stuart Dalgleish 21st Jan 2010 - 18:45

FA Cup 4th Round Opta Facts - 23rd - 24th January

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Preston North End v Chelsea

  • The last meeting between Preston and Chelsea came in the FA Cup in February 2002 with the Londoners winning 3-1.
  • The only other occasion the two sides met in the FA Cup saw a goalless draw at Deepdale followed by a win for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the replay in 1969.
  • Preston have managed only two wins in their last 12 matches in all competitions.
  • The Blues have scored 12 goals in their last two fixtures and have lost just once in their last 19 matches in all competitions.

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Southampton v Ipswich Town

  • Saints and Town have met three times previously in the FA Cup with Southampton progressing on each occasion.
  • The last time these two sides met was in last season's Championship when they drew 2-2 at St Mary's and then Saints beat Ipswich 3-0 at Portman Road.
  • Ipswich suffered their record FA Cup defeat to Southampton when they lost 7-1 away in the 3rd Round in 1961.
  • Southampton have won four of their last five home matches in all competitions.
  • Roy Keane's side have lost only one of their last 15 competitive fixtures.

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Reading v Burnley

  • Burnley have won their last three meetings with Reading without conceding a goal.
  • The Royals and the Clarets have met twice in the FA Cup previously, with Reading winning the last meeting 3-2 in the 3rd Round in 2006-07.
  • The other meeting came in 1964-65 when Burnley progressed after a replay.
  • Burnley have lost five of their last six away games, but their solitary win in this period came in the FA Cup at MK Dons.
  • Reading's last three home games have all finished 1-1.

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Derby County v Doncaster Rovers

  • Doncaster are unbeaten in their last five meetings with Derby County, winning the last three.
  • Derby have scored only one goal in their last three games against Sean O'Driscoll's side.
  • The Rams have scored only two goals in their last four competitive home matches.
  • Doncaster have won six of their last seven matches in all competitions.

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Cardiff City v Leicester City

  • Only three of the last nine meetings between these two sides have seen more than one goal scored.
  • Leicester City have kept a clean sheet in three of their last four meetings with the Bluebirds.
  • The Bluebirds have scored exactly one goal in each of their last four competitive matches, with three of those ending 1-1.
  • The Foxes have shipped just four goals in their last five competitive games.

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Notts County v Wigan Athletic

  • Wigan have won their last five meetings with Notts County.
  • These two sides have met on five occasions in the FA Cup, but Wigan have never managed to defeat Notts County in the competition.
  • Notts County have won four of their last five competitive games.
  • Lee Hughes has scored 10 goals in his last eight appearances for Notts County.
  • The last seven matches that Wigan have played in away from home have averaged 4.6 goals a game.

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West Bromwich Albion v Newcastle United

  • The Baggies and Magpies have met three times in the FA Cup, with West Brom winning twice and Newcastle once.
  • Newcastle won the last meeting between the two sides in round five of the 1974 FA Cup 3-0 at the Hawthorns en route to the final.
  • These two sides met last Monday night, with the score ending 2-2 at St James Park.
  • Newcastle are unbeaten in 14 consecutive matches in all competitions, but have won just once in their last five.
  • West Brom have won just one of their last four home matches, losing two of these.

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Everton v Birmingham City

  • The last two meetings between Everton and Birmingham have ended as 1-1 draws.
  • The Toffees are unbeaten in their last seven games against the West Midlands side, but four of those have been draws.
  • Everton and Birmingham have been drawn together three times in the FA Cup, with the Merseysiders progressing on two occasions, including the last meeting a 2-0 win in the 1999-2000 season.
  • Steven Pienaar has scored in three of his last four appearances for the Toffees.
  • Birmingham City are unbeaten in 14 consecutive matches in all competitions.

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Accrington Stanley v Fulham

  • This will be the first time that these two sides have met in a competitive fixture.
  • Fulham have only managed to win one of their last five matches.
  • The Cottagers have not won in 11 consecutive away games in domestic competition.
  • Only one of Accrington's home matches this season has ended in a draw.
  • This is the first time since their reformation that Accrington Stanley have reached the fourth round of the FA Cup.

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Bolton Wanderers v Sheffield United

  • Bolton and Sheffield United last met in an FA cup tie in 2007-08 when the Blades cut the Trotters down with a 1-0 win at the Reebok.
  • Bolton and United have met eight times in the FA Cup with the Yorkshire side winning through five times.
  • The first ever meeting between Bolton and Sheffield United in the FA Cup came in 1889/90 season and the Trotters won 13-0. This was a record cup win for Bolton and a record cup defeat for United.
  • The Blades have suffered only one defeat in their last 12 competitive matches.

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Portsmouth v Sunderland

  • Portsmouth have won five and lost just one of their last seven meetings with Sunderland.
  • The Black Cats did win their only FA Cup meeting with Pompey though back in 1999-2000, when the 3rd Round was played before Christmas, 1-0 at the Stadium of Light.
  • The last eight games played at Fratton Park have averaged 3.8 goals a game.
  • 10 of Darren Bent's 14 goals this season for Sunderland have been the first goal of the game.

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Aston Villa v Brighton & Hove Albion

  • Aston Villa and Brighton have only ever met once in the FA Cup (in 1955) with the Villans triumphing after a replay.
  • Brighton boss Gus Poyet won the FA Cup in 2000 at the last ever final at the old Wembley playing for Chelsea against Aston Villa.
  • Brighton have failed to score in their last four meetings with Aston Villa, although the last of these games was in 1983.
  • This is only the third time in nine seasons that Villa have progressed past the third round of the FA Cup.
  • Brighton have won their last three matches, all of which have been away from the Withdean Stadium.
  • Brighton's Glenn Murray has scored 10 goals this season, all of them coming away from home.

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Wolverhampton Wanderers v Crystal Palace

  • Palace and Wolves have met four times in the FA Cup with two wins apiece. Palace have progressed twice after replays, while Wolves' victories came at the first attempt.
  • Their most recent meetings came in last season's Championship when Wolves won both home and away.
  • Wolves have only lost one of their last nine meetings with Palace.
  • Victor Moses has scored six goals in his last eight appearances for Crystal Palace.

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Tottenham Hotspur v Leeds United

  • Spurs and Leeds have only been drawn together four times in the FA Cup with the London side coming out on top three times (twice after a replay).
  • All three of the FA Cup matches between Spurs and Leeds at White Hart Lane have ended with victories for the Londoners.
  • Spurs have not conceded a goal at White Hart Lane for 447 minutes.
  • Since defeating Manchester United in the last round of the FA Cup, Leeds have lost two and drawn one of their three matches.

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Stoke City v Arsenal

  • Arsenal and Stoke City have met seven times in the FA Cup and the Gunners have come out on top on each occasion, on two occasions following a replay.
  • The last FA cup meeting between the two sides came in 2004-05 when Stoke scored the opener but the Gunners came back to win 2-1.
  • Stoke won the only meeting between the two sides at the Britannia Stadium, a Premier League encounter in November 2008.
  • Ricardo Fuller has scored in his two Premier League starts for Stoke against the Gunners.
  • Arsenal have now participated in every FA Cup fourth round since 1996/97.

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Scunthorpe United v Manchester City

  • Man City have won all five previous meetings with Scunthorpe scoring 26 goals in total and at least three in each match.
  • Scunthorpe and City have only ever met once in the FA Cup before with the Sky Blues wining 3-1 in the 3rd Round in 2006, with Robbie Fowler scoring a hat trick.
  • Scunthorpe and City have already played in the Carling Cup this season with the Premier League side emerging as 5-1 victors.
  • Manchester City defeated Middlesbrough in the last round. In the last five seasons the side that has knocked Middlesbrough out of the FA Cup has gone on to be runners-up.

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