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Stuart Dalgleish 30th Dec 2009 - 16:34

FA Cup Opta Facts - 3rd Round

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Accrington Stanley v Gillingham

  • These two sides met twice in League Two last season, with Gillingham winning on both occasions.
  • Accrington have been defeated on three of the previous four occasions that they have met the Gills.
  • Since their reformation, Accrington Stanley have reached the third round of the FA Cup only once before this season, when they lost to Colchester United following a replay in 2003/04.
  • Gillingham have only conceded three goals in their last six FA cup matches.
  • The Gills have won just once in their last six games, losing three and drawing two.
  • Stanley have won five of their last seven in all competitions, losing the other two.

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Aston Villa v Blackburn

  • Aston Villa are unbeaten in five successive home games with Blackburn Rovers.
  • Gabriel Agbonlahor has scored in each of his last three appearances against Blackburn.
  • The last three FA Cup meetings between these two sides have produced 13 goals.
  • Villa have been knocked out of the FA Cup at the third round stage in six of the last eight seasons.
  • Blackburn have only failed to progress past the third round of the FA Cup twice in the last 13 seasons.
  • Rovers have not won in their last six games, drawing four and losing two in this run.

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Blackpool v Ipswich

  • Ipswich are unbeaten against Blackpool in their last five meetings.
  • These two sides have only ever met in one match outside of the league - a League Cup game in 1978/79 that Blackpool won 2-0 at home.
  • The Tangerines have won seven of their last nine home games in all competitions, but not their last two.
  • In the last seven games Blackpool have won in all competitions, they have let in just one goal.
  • Ipswich have lost just one of their last 12 games, winning four and drawing seven.

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Bolton v Lincoln City

  • These two sides last met in a 1993 FA Cup tie, which Bolton won 3-1.
  • Lincoln have won only once in their last five meetings with Bolton Wanderers.
  • This will be a third consecutive away game in the FA Cup for Lincoln this season; they won both of their first two by 3-1.
  • Bolton have won just once in their last 10 games in all competitions.
  • The Trotters have kept just one clean sheet all season, in a 1-0 win over Tranmere in the League Cup back in August.
  • Ivan Klasnic has scored five goals in his last six games for Bolton.

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Brentford v Doncaster

  • Doncaster have won each of their last four meetings with Brentford.
  • Brentford have failed to score in six successive matches against Doncaster Rovers.
  • In Brentford's last nine games only 10 goals have been scored in total, with neither side scoring more than once in any of these games.
  • Brentford are unbeaten in eight games at home in all competitions, winning four.
  • Before losing to Coventry on Boxing Day, Doncaster had won four on the bounce, scoring seven and conceding none in the process.

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Bristol City v Cardiff

  • Bristol City have only managed to find the net three times in their last seven meetings with Cardiff.
  • Cardiff's last victory at Bristol City came back in August 1969 - a run of 17 trips without a win.
  • On the last two occasions that these two sides have been drawn together in the FA Cup, Cardiff City have prevailed.
  • Bristol City have won just once in their last 10 games, losing four and drawing five.
  • The Robins have drawn four of their last five home games in all competitions.
  • Cardiff threw away a four goal lead in their last game as Peterborough came back to secure a 4-4 draw.

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Everton v Carlisle

  • This will be the two sides' first meeting since 1975/76.
  • Everton have won both of their previous two meetings with Carlisle in the FA Cup.
  • The Toffees' recent 2-0 win over Burnley ended a run of five games without a victory in all competitions.
  • Everton have won just one of their last nine homes games in all competitions, last time out against Burnley.
  • Carlisle are unbeaten in seven games in all competitions, winning five.
  • The Cumbrians have kept a clean sheet in their last four games in all competitions.

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Fulham v Swindon

  • Swindon have won their last two FA Cup matches against Fulham, keeping a clean sheet in each.
  • Fulham have lost four of their last five meetings with Swindon, managing only one goal in those matches.
  • Fulham have lost just once in nine games in all competitions, last time out against Chelsea, despite leading with 17 minutes to go.
  • The Cottagers' are unbeaten in their last 10 home games in all competitions, winning seven.
  • Swindon have won their last four home games in all competitions.
  • The Robins have lost just once in their last eight games, winning six along the way.

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Huddersfield v West Brom

  • These two sides have only been drawn together in the FA Cup on one prior occasion in 1928/29; a tie which Huddersfield won.
  • In the last five matches between these two sides, only once have both sides been able to find the back of the net.
  • Huddersfield have won seven of their last eight home games in all competitions.
  • The Terriers have drawn just twice in 17 games in all competitions.
  • West Brom are unbeaten in six away games, winning three.

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Leicester v Swansea

  • Leicester City have won their last three meetings with Swansea and are unbeaten in seven against the Swans.
  • Swansea's last win at Leicester City came back in October 1950 - a run of eight visits without a win.
  • These two clubs first met in an FA Cup tie, back in 1928/29, with Leicester prevailing 1-0 at home.
  • Leicester have won three of their last four home games in all competitions.
  • The Foxes have drawn just one game in their last 10.
  • Swansea have lost just twice in their last 18 games in all competitions.

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MK Dons v Burnley

  • Burnley have only travelled to Milton Keynes for a professional competitive match once - this was in their 2-2 draw with Wimbledon in what was the Dons first-ever match at their new home.
  • Robbie Blake scored a brace for Burnley in the aforementioned match.
  • MK Dons have drawn just one of their last 28 games in all competitions, and just three all season.
  • The Dons have failed to score in two of their last three games; however they scored four in the other game in this run.
  • Burnley have now gone nine games without a win.
  • The Clarets have won just one away game all season, a League Cup game at Hartlepool, and they needed extra time to achieve that.

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Middlesbrough v Man City

  • Middlesbrough have been knocked out of the FA Cup by the eventual runners-up in the last five consecutive seasons.
  • The home side has won five of the last six encounters between these two teams.
  • Manchester City have only won once in their last 17 trips to Middlesbrough, and suffered an 8-1 defeat in their May 2008 trip to the Riverside.
  • Middlesbrough have only been defeated in one of their previous six FA Cup matches against the Citizens.
  • Boro have lost four of their last five games, failing to score in three of these five.
  • City have won their last three games in a row, scoring nine goals in the process.
  • The Citizens have lost just two of 23 games in all competitions this season, against Man Utd and Tottenham Hotspur.

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Millwall v Derby

  • Millwall have won three of their last four meetings with Derby County.
  • Derby won their only previous FA Cup third round tie with Millwall (2-1) back in November 1928.
  • Millwall have won their last four games at The New Den, conceding just one in their last three there.
  • In fact, the Lions have lost just once at home all season in all competitions.
  • Derby have failed to score in four of their last five games, winning the only game they did manage to score in.
  • In the last five games Derby have been involved in, the home side has failed to score.

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Nottingham Forest v Birmingham

  • Three of the last four meetings between these two sides have ended in a draw.
  • The home side has only won once in their previous seven meetings in the FA Cup.
  • Forest are unbeaten since 22 September 2009, since when they have gone 16 games unbeaten in all competitions.
  • The Reds have won their last four games at The City Ground.
  • Birmingham are unbeaten in 11 games (all league games) their longest such run in the Premier League ever.
  • The Blues last three games have seen just three goals fly in.

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Plymouth v Newcastle

  • The away team has only won once in the last 10 encounters between these two sides.
  • Plymouth have not managed a single win in their previous five FA Cup matches against the Magpies.
  • After losing five on the bounce, Plymouth have now won their last two, scoring five goals in the process.
  • Plymouth have not won two in a row at Home Park all season.
  • Since winning seven on the bounce, Newcastle have drawn three of their last four matches.

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Portsmouth v Coventry

  • Portsmouth have never managed to defeat Coventry in an FA Cup match, this despite facing them on four previous occasions.
  • Coventry have won just once in their last five visits to Fratton Park.
  • The Sky Blues have won only one of their last seven away games, losing five.
  • Coventry have won three of their last four games, keeping clean sheets in two of these.
  • Portsmouth have kept a clean sheet in seven of their last eight FA Cup matches.

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Preston v Colchester

  • Colchester United have won their last three meetings with Preston North End.
  • The previous 12 meetings between these two sides in Preston have never ended in a draw.
  • Preston have won just one game in their last 10 in all competitions.
  • In the last five games Preston have played, the away side on the day has failed to score.
  • Colchester have won their last four games on the bounce, the last three all by 2-1.
  • The U's have lost two of their last 20 games in all competitions, both away from home.

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Reading v Liverpool

  • Liverpool have won five of their previous six meetings with the Royals.
  • Fernando Torres has scored four goals in his last three appearances against Reading.
  • Reading have gone five games without a win, three draws sandwiched by two losses.
  • The Royals have netted exactly one goal in their last four games.

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Scunthorpe v Barnsley

  • Barnsley have failed to score in their last two FA Cup matches against Scunthorpe.
  • Scunthorpe have not managed to win any of their last four meetings with the Tykes.
  • The Iron have only progressed to the fourth round of the FA Cup once in the last eight seasons.
  • Barnsley have only won one of their last eight FA Cup third round ties.
  • Scunthorpe have picked up only one win in their last 11 matches in all competitions.
  • Barnsley are unbeaten in eight competitive matches.

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Sheffield Wednesday v Crystal Palace

  • Three of the last four meetings between these two clubs have ended in a draw.
  • Palace have only managed to win once in their last eight meetings with the Owls.
  • The Owls have not progressed past the third round of the FA Cup in any of their last eight attempts.
  • Crystal Palace have been knocked out of the FA Cup by a Championship side in each of the last five seasons.
  • The Owls are on a run of 11 matches without a win in all competitions.
  • The Eagles have not lost after scoring away from home since March.
  • Victor Moses has scored five goals in Palace's last six matches.

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Southampton v Luton

  • Southampton have won four of their last five competitive matches against Luton Town.
  • Luton lost their last FA Cup meeting with the Saints 6-0, in February 1995.
  • Southampton have lost only one of their last five FA Cup third round ties.
  • Luton have won just one of their last five FA Cup away ties.
  • Southampton have won their last four matches at St Mary's, including a Football League Trophy win over Norwich on penalties.
  • Luton are without a win in three away matches.
  • However, the Hatters have only failed to score in one of their last eight fixtures on the road.

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Stoke v York

  • Stoke have remained unbeaten in each of their previous five meetings with York City.
  • York have only managed to score three goals in their five matches against Stoke City in the past.
  • Stoke have only won two of their last seven FA Cup ties at home.
  • York City have progressed to the fourth round of the FA Cup just once in the last 23 years.
  • The Potters have picked up only one win in their last 10 games in all competitions, losing four of their last five.
  • York, on the other hand, have won 10 of their last 11 in all competitions.

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Sunderland v Barrow

  • This will be the first-ever competitive meeting between these two teams.
  • Sunderland have only suffered one defeat in their last eight FA Cup ties at the Stadium of Light.
  • Barrow suffered a third round defeat to fellow north-east side Middlesbrough last season in the FA Cup.
  • Sunderland have picked up only one win in their last 12 matches in all competitions.
  • Barrow have been defeated in just one of their last 17 outings in all competitions.

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Torquay v Brighton

  • Brighton have won their last three meetings with Torquay, conceding just two goals in the process.
  • Torquay have failed to score in their last three home matches against the Seagulls.
  • Brighton knocked Torquay out of the 2007/08 FA Cup with a 2-0 victory at Plainmoor thanks to a brace from Nicky Forster.
  • Torquay have progressed to the fourth round of the FA cup only once in the last 19 seasons.
  • Torquay are on a run of three straight wins at Plainmoor, scoring nine and conceding none in the process.
  • Brighton have scored in all but one of their last 13 away matches, bagging five at Wycombe last time out.

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Tottenham v Peterborough

  • Tottenham knocked the Posh out of the 1993/94 FA Cup on penalties, following two 1-1 draws.
  • Peterborough have never managed to defeat Spurs and have conceded exactly one goal in their previous three matches against them.
  • On the last occasion that Spurs exited the FA cup at the third round stage, it came against Championship opposition in the form of Leicester City.
  • Peterborough have won four and drawn one of their last five FA Cup away matches.
  • Spurs have kept four consecutive clean sheets in all competitions, winning three of these matches.
  • The Posh have picked up only one win in their last 11 matches in all competitions.
  • Peterborough have picked up only one away win all season - 4-0 at Wycombe in the League Cup in August.

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Wigan v Hull

  • Wigan have only been defeated in two of their previous 10 home games against the Tigers, but both of these have come in their last four meetings in the North West.
  • Hull have managed only three goals in their last five matches against the Latics.
  • Wigan have progressed to the fourth round of the FA Cup in only two of their last 22 seasons.
  • Hull have only won one of their last 10 FA Cup third round ties.
  • The Tigers are without a win in six matches.
  • Hull's last competitive win on the road came at Fulham back in March; this was also their last clean sheet.

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Chelsea v Watford

  • Chelsea are unbeaten in six successive matches against the Hornets, winning five and drawing once.
  • Watford were knocked out of the FA Cup by Chelsea last season, after the Pensioners won 3-1 at Vicarage Road in a fourth round tie.
  • Nicolas Anelka has scored four goals in his last two appearances against Watford, including a hat-trick in last seasons' FA Cup tie.
  • Chelsea have reached the fifth round of the FA Cup in each of their last 11 seasons.
  • The Pensioners have not conceded more than one goal in any of their last 14 FA Cup matches.
  • Chelsea have only won two of their last eight matches in all competitions.
  • However the Blues have not been defeated at home in any match since November last year.
  • Watford have not won any of their last six away matches, conceding at least twice in each of their last five.

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Manchester United v Leeds United

  • Leeds United have won only once in their last 14 ties with the Red Devils.
  • Manchester United have won each of their last three FA Cup ties with Leeds.
  • Alex Ferguson's side are unbeaten in 17 home games with Leeds, with their last home defeat coming in February 1981.
  • Manchester United have not lost an FA Cup third round tie since their 2-0 defeat at Bournemouth in 1983/84.
  • Leeds have suffered only one defeat in their last 21 matches in all competitions.
  • Jermaine Beckford has bagged a brace in his last two outings with the Whites.

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Notts County v Forest Green

  • This will be the first-ever meeting between Notts County and Forest Green.
  • Notts County have not progressed to the fourth round of the FA Cup since 1993/94.
  • This is only the second time that Forest Green have participated in the FA Cup at the third round stage; they lost their only previous match last season against Derby.
  • The Magpies have won four of their last five matches in all competitions.
  • Lee Hughes has scored seven goals in County's last five matches.
  • Forest Green have failed to score in their last three away matches.

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Sheffield United v QPR

  • QPR have not won an FA Cup game in 11 attempts - the longest current run of any Football League side.
  • Sheffield United are unbeaten in four matches against QPR, conceding only two goals in the process.
  • QPR have only faced United once in the FA Cup prior to this match, and it was in their first meeting with them; losing 1-0 in March 1923.
  • The Blades have suffered only one defeat in their last nine matches.
  • QPR have been defeated in three of their last four matches away from home, drawing the other.

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Tranmere v Wolverhampton Wanderers

  • None of the last 11 meetings between these two sides have ended level.
  • These two sides have only met once before in the FA Cup, with Wolves prevailing 1-0 at Tranmere in 1982/83.
  • Wolves have only won one of their last 10 away matches, and have scored only once in their last four.
  • Tranmere have suffered only one reversal in their last eight matches in all competitions.
  • Rovers have not progressed past the third round of the FA Cup in any of the last five seasons.

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West Ham v Arsenal

  • The Gunners are unbeaten in five matches against West Ham, winning three and drawing their last two.
  • West Ham have had a player sent off in their last two home games against Arsenal.
  • The Hammers have only managed to win once in their last eight home meetings with Arsenal.
  • West Ham have won three of their last four FA Cup ties against Arsene Wenger's side.
  • The Hammers have picked up only one win in their last six in all competitions.
  • Arsenal have not lost an FA Cup third round tie since 1995/96.
  • The Gunners have failed to find the net in three of their last four FA Cup matches away from home (not including neutral venues).

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