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Michael Taylor 5th Mar 2009 - 14:31

FA Cup and Premier League Opta Facts: 07-08 March

We continue to bring you the facts that help your betting in conjuction with Opta Sportsdata, Europe's leading sports performance data providers. The Premier League, barring one match, steps back this weekend to make way for the FA Cup as the race for Wembley gets serious.

Man Utd carry on their quest for an unbelievable quintuple on Saturday with a quarter-final game at Craven Cottage against Fulham, while Chelsea kick-off the cup action earlier in the day with a potential banana skin game away at Coventry.

On Sunday Arsenal could welcome back Eduardo and Theo Walcott to the line-up as they host Championship Burnley at the Emirates in the remainding fifth round tie and the weekend's FA Cup action is completed when Everton, dark horses to win the competition, face Gareth Southgate's Middlesbrough at Goodison Park.

Meanwhile, the single Premier League game sees Sunderland take on Carling Cup runners-up Tottenham at the Stadium of Light on Saturday afternoon.

Saturday 12:30
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Saturday 15:00
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Saturday 17:15
Fulham v Man Utd
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Sunday 13:30
Arsenal v Burnley
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Sunday 16:00
Everton v Middlesbrough
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Coventry v Chelsea

  • Coventry have lost just one of their last nine home meetings with Chelsea, losing just once.
  • In the last three meetings between the teams there have been 13 second half goals and just three in the first.
  • City have not made it to an FA Cup semi-final since 1987, when they went on to lift the trophy.
  • This is the fourth consecutive season in which the Pensioners have made it to the Quarter-finals, progressing to the semis twice – however last season they were knocked out at this stage by Championship opposition in the form of Barnsley.
  • Chelsea have conceded exactly one goal in their last seven FA Cup matches and scored at least three in their last three.

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Sunderland v Tottenham Hotspur

  • Sunderland have scored at least once in their last six Premier League home games against Tottenham.
  • There has only been one draw in the 15 Premier League meetings between Sunderland and Spurs.
  • Robbie Keane has scored three goals in his last four appearances for Tottenham against Sunderland.
  • Spurs have mustered 11 goals in their last five league games after scoring only 10 in the previous 12 matches.

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Fulham v Manchester United

  • The Red Devils have won their last seven matches against Fulham.
  • Fulham have not managed a goal against United in their last three fixtures.
  • United have managed to put at least two past the Whites before half time in five of their last seven meetings.
  • 23 of the last 29 goals in games between these sides have been scored in the first half.
  • United have conceded an average of just 0.53 goals per game in their last 28 FA Cup matches.
  • Last season’s last-eight defeat against Portsmouth was United’s first FA Cup defeat in eight matches in the quarter-finals.

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Arsenal v Burnley

  • Arsenal have won the last four FA Cup meetings between the sides – the last three by a score of 2-0. Burnley won the first two FA Cup encounters – in 1895 and 1898.
  • The Gunners have not been knocked out of this competition by lower-league opponents since Sheffield United in 1996.
  • Arsene Wenger’s side have been knocked out of the FA Cup at the fifth round at this stage in the last two seasons.
  • Arsenal have only once conceded more than one goal in any FA Cup match in 28 fixtures since their 2-2 Quarter-final draw with Chelsea in 2003.
  • Burnley have kept just one clean sheet in their last eight FA Cup matches.

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Everton v Middlesbrough

  • Boro have failed to find the net in four of their last five encounters with the Toffees, losing three.
  • Neither side has managed to score more than two goals in this fixture in the last 16 attempts – the last team to do so was Middlesbrough in the Quarter-finals of this competition in 2002, winning 3-0.
  • Everton’s 3-1 win over Aston Villa in the fifth round was the first time they had managed more than one goal in an FA Cup match 11 attempts.
  • The Toffees have lost their last three FA Cup Quarter-finals – two of them by a three-goal margin.
  • Stewart Downing has scored in his last two FA Cup matches – both coming before the 25th minute.
  • Middlesbrough have exited the competition to the losing finalists in each of the last four seasons.

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