FA Cup Opta Facts – Round 3
Arsenal v Sunderland
The last time these two sides met in the FA Cup, Sunderland eliminated Arsenal in February 2012, courtesy of a 2-0 win at the Stadium of Light.
Arsenal have not lost an FA Cup tie in 12 games, since Blackburn beat them 1-0 in February 2013 at the Emirates in the Fifth Round.
No manager has won the FA Cup more times than Arsene Wenger (6). His first game in the competition was against Sunderland in the Third Round in 1997.
Arsenal have not failed to progress from the Third Round in nearly 20 years, since losing a replay to Sheffield United 1-0 at Bramall Lane in January 1996 (W18 D5).
Birmingham v Bournemouth
This will be the first meeting between these sides in the FA Cup. Bournemouth won both league meetings with the Blues last season, including an 8-0 win at St Andrew's.
The Blues have only failed to progress from the Third Round once in the last six seasons (2012/13).
Bournemouth have reached the Fourth Round in both the last two seasons, having failed to reach the last 32 in the eight previous seasons.
Birmingham have only failed to score once in their last 10 FA Cup games, but they have only won one of their last seven ties against higher-ranked sides (L4 D2).
Brentford v Walsall
Brentford have lost just one of their last five home games in the FA Cup, though this was in the third round last year against Brighton.
This is Walsall's first FA Cup game against a side from higher in the pyramid than them since January 2006 (v Stoke). They have lost six of their last seven against teams from a higher division (W1).
The Bees have progressed from all three of their previous FA Cup ties against the Saddlers (1970/71, 1988/89 after a replay and 2009/10).
In those four games against Brentford, Walsall have scored just once (1-1 draw in the third round in 1989).
Bury v Bradford City
Bury have faced Bradford City twice in the FA Cup (W1 L1), most recently in a First Round tie in November 1991, with the Bantams winning 1-0 at Gigg Lane.
Bradford have won their last three meetings with Bury (all comps), including a 2-1 home win in League One this season.
This is the first time that Bury have reached the FA Cup Third Round since January 2008 - when they beat Norwich in a replay 2-1 at home, having drawn 1-1 at Carrow Road.
Bradford reached the FA Cup Quarter-Finals last season for the first time since 1976, losing 3-0 away to Reading in a replay.
Cardiff City v Shrewsbury
This is the first FA Cup meeting between Cardiff and Shrewsbury, and first time they've met since April 2001. The Bluebirds have won their last four games against Shrewsbury, netting at least three goals each time.
This is Cardiff's fourth successive FA Cup game at home (W1 L2), the previous four were all away (W2 L2).
Shrewsbury have progressed from just one of their eight FA Cup ties against sides from a higher division since beating Everton in the third round in 2003.
Since reaching the final in 2008, Cardiff have progressed from four of their previous seven third round ties. They progressed at the expense of third-tier team Colchester last season.
Carlisle v Yeovil
Carlisle have never faced Yeovil in the FA Cup, though the hosts have already beaten Yeovil this season, coming from two goals down to win 3-2 in a League Two match in October.
The Cumbrians have not won an FA Cup Third Round tie since 1997, losing their last four games having reached this stage of the competition.
Yeovil have only progressed beyond the Third Round stage three times in their history, last doing so in 2014 at the expense of Leyton Orient.
The Glovers have won just two of their last 11 away Cup ties to league opposition (D3 L6).
Chelsea v Scunthorpe
Chelsea's only previous FA Cup contest against Scunthorpe came in January 2005, winning 3-1 at Stamford Bridge.
Scunthorpe haven't beaten a top-flight side in the FA Cup since beating Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 in the Fourth Round in 1970 (D2 L12 since).
The Blues have progressed from the third round in each of the last 17 seasons, last falling to Manchester United in 1998 (lost 5-3).
The Iron have conceded three or more goals in each of their last four FA Cup games against top-flight teams, conceding five last time out to Everton in Round 3 in 2011.
Colchester v Charlton
Colchester have faced Charlton once before in the FA Cup, losing at home to the Addicks 1-0 in a Third Round tie in 1984.
Colchester have lost their last five FA Cup Third Round games, while Charlton have lost four of their last five ties at this stage.
The U's have lost six of their last eight FA Cup ties against higher-ranked opponents (W2), but are unbeaten in their last three at home (W2 D1).
Charlton have only reached the Fourth Round once in the last six seasons - in 2014, when they eventually were knocked out in the Quarter-Finals.
Doncaster v Stoke City
Doncaster have faced Stoke City once before in the FA Cup - in a Third Round tie in 1930, when they progressed courtesy of a 1-0 home win.
Rovers haven't progressed past the Third Round since a 1-0 win at Brentford in 2010.
Stoke's defeat away to Blackburn last season was the first time in 10 ties that the Potters were eliminated by a lower-ranked team.
The last time Stoke failed to progress beyond the Third Round stage was against Hartlepool in January 2009.
Eastleigh v Bolton
Eastleigh have only ever played five games in the FA Cup proper (W3 L2), winning their only home game 2-1 against Lincoln in November 2014.
This is the first time the Spitfires have reached the Third Round of the FA Cup.
Bolton are unbeaten in 19 FA Cup games against non-league opposition (W16 D3), since a 2-0 defeat against Chesterfield in January 1911.
Bolton have progressed beyond the Third Round in each of the last six seasons, since losing 2-1 away to Sunderland as a Premier League outfit in January 2009.
Everton v Dagenham & Redbridge
The Toffees have progressed from six of their last seven FA Cup Third Round games, but were eliminated on penalties against West Ham last season.
This is the Daggers' first appearance in Round 3 since 2012, where they held Millwall to a 0-0 draw at home before losing the replay 5-0.
Everton have progressed from each of their last seven ties against sides from a lower division than them in the FA Cup, winning the last two 4-0.
Dagenham and Redbridge needed extra time in their second round replay to dispatch of non-league Whitehawk. Ayo Obileye scored the winner in a 3-2 win.
Exeter City v Liverpool
The Reds won the only previous FA Cup meeting between these two, winning 3-1 at Anfield in a Fourth Round tie in January 1950.
Exeter have not reached the FA Cup Fourth Round since overcoming Maidstone United 4-2 in January 1981, losing seven ties since.
The Grecians have beaten top flight opposition three times in 31 attempts in the FA Cup, most recently in a Fourth Round replay over Leicester in 1981.
Liverpool have never lost to a fourth-tier side in 13 games in the FA Cup (W11 D2), winning all of their seven away ties.
Huddersfield v Reading
Huddersfield have faced Reading three times before in the FA Cup (D1 L2), including at this stage last season when the Royals won 1-0 at the John Smith's Stadium thanks to Neil Blackman's strike.
The one other occasion they were drawn against each other in 1986 went to a replay, which Reading also won away from home 2-1, following a 0-0 stalemate in the initial tie.
Huddersfield have been knocked out of the FA Cup at home in five of the last seven seasons.
Reading reached the FA Cup Semi-Finals for only the second time in their history last season, losing 2-1 in extra-time against Arsenal.
Hull City v Brighton
Hull have been drawn to face Brighton on three previous occasions, being knocked out by the Seagulls in consecutive years in 1985 and 1986, before prevailing via 2-1 in a replay at the KC Stadium in the 2013/14 season.
Hull reached the final against Arsenal in May 2014, but they were beaten in the Third Round last year by the Gunners - the first time the Tigers had failed to progress beyond this stage since 2011.
Brighton have come through their last six FA Cup Third Round ties, needing a replay only once in that time.
The Seagulls have only failed to score in one of their last 13 FA Cup ties away from home, while Hull have only kept one clean sheet in their last eight home Cup ties.
Ipswich v Portsmouth
Ipswich have played Portsmouth twice before in the FA Cup, losing on both occasions at Portman Road in the Third Round by the same 1-0 score line (in 2006 and 2008).
The Tractor Boys have been knocked out in the Third Round in each of the last five seasons, and have not won an FA Cup tie in eight games.
Ipswich have not lost at home to lower-ranked opposition since losing 4-1 to Manchester City in January 2002 (W4 D1).
Portsmouth have not made it past the Third Round since reaching the final in 2010.
Leeds United v Rotherham
On the one previous occasion Leeds were drawn to face Rotherham in the FA Cup in 1971, the tie went to a replay after a 0-0 draw at Millmoor. The Whites prevailed 3-2 at Elland Road in the replay.
Leeds have reached the Fourth Road only once in the last five seasons, while the Millers have reached Round 4 once since January 1993, losing eight Third Round ties in that time.
Leeds have lost their last three FA Cup ties without scoring a single goal.
Meanwhile, Rotherham have scored in each of their last nine Cup games.
Manchester United v Sheffield United
Manchester United have played Sheffield United on four previous occasions in the FA Cup, with United the visitors in each fixture (W3 L1).
The Blades faced United in three successive seasons in the Cup between 1993 and 1995, beating their opponents in the first of these duels before bowing out in Third Round ties in each of the following campaigns.
Manchester United have lost once in 36 FA Cup ties against lower-ranked sides - against Leeds United at Old Trafford in the Third Round in January 2010.
Sheffield United have an excellent recent Cup record against higher-ranked opponents, winning five of their last six ties (L1).
Middlesbrough v Burnley
Middlesbrough have been drawn to face Burnley in the Cup on two previous occasions, losing 3-1 in the Third Round in 1913, and 1-0 in a Quarter-Final replay in 1947.
Middlesbrough have been knocked out of the FA Cup at home in four of the last six seasons, but Burnley have lost each of their last six away Cup games, conceding 19 goals in the process.
The Clarets have not kept a clean sheet in their last 14 FA Cup games, conceding 31 goals in the process.
Boro have scored in each of their last 10 Cup fixtures when not facing a higher-ranked opponent.
Newport County v Blackburn
This will be the first ever competitive meeting between these sides.
The Exiles have failed to progress beyond the Third Round since 1979, winning one tie at this stage in their last eight attempts.
Newport have scored in each of their last seven FA Cup ties, while Rovers have kept one clean sheet in eight games in the competition.
Blackburn have lost just twice in 20 FA Cup games against lower-ranked sides (W14 D4), but those two defeats have come in their last five encounters.
Northampton v MK Dons
MK Dons have won five of their six previous meetings with Northampton in all competitions (L1), though this will be their first meeting in the FA Cup.
The Cobblers beat Coventry in the First Round, but they had previously lost their last five Cup ties against higher-ranked opponents.
Northampton have reached the Fourth Round twice since 1961 - the most recent time coming after beating Rotherham 2-1 in a replay in 2004.
MK Dons have kept one clean sheet in nine FA Cup games, but they have only lost once in 17 FA Cup games against lower-ranked opposition.
Norwich v Manchester City
Norwich have played Manchester City in the FA Cup on three previous occasions, winning once in 1963 and losing twice (1939 and 1981).
Norwich have been knocked out the FA Cup at the Third Round stage in each of the last two seasons.
Manchester City have failed to reach the Fourth Round only once in the last six seasons (losing 3-2 at home to Manchester United in January 2012).
City have scored in each of their last eight FA Cup Third Round games including replays.
Nottingham Forest v QPR
These sides have been drawn each other three times before in the FA Cup, most recently at the Third Round stage in 2005 when Nottingham Forest defeated QPR 3-0 at Loftus Road.
Rangers have never beaten Forest in three FA Cup games, with the 1978 Fifth Round fixture requiring two replays before Forest progressed at the third attempt, winning 3-1 at the City Ground.
Forest have only won one of their last six FA Cup games at home, but that was a 5-0 hammering against Premier League outfit West Ham in the Third Round in 2014.
QPR have won only one of their previous 13 FA Cup away games including replays (L9 D3).
Oxford United v Swansea
Oxford have been drawn to face Swansea on one previous occasion, with the Us eliminated on penalties following a replay in 1993.
Oxford last reached the Fourth Round of the FA Cup in 1999, when they were beaten by Chelsea 4-2 in a replay at Stamford Bridge.
Swansea's 3-1 defeat at Blackburn Rovers in the Fourth Round last season was the first time in four ties they had lost to a lower-ranked team as a top-flight side.
Swansea haven't kept a clean sheet in their last 10 away games in the FA Cup, last shutting out Portsmouth in 2009.
Peterborough v Preston
Preston have won five of their last six meetings with Peterborough (L1), though this will be their first FA Cup meeting.
Peterborough have won only one of their last 11 FA Cup Third Round games (L7 D3) and are without a win at this stage in eight games (including replays).
This is only Preston's fifth away FA Cup Third Round game in 22 fixtures, dating back to 1987.
The Lilywhites have lost just one of their last eight games against lower-ranked sides, winning the last five in a row (W6 D1).
Hartlepool v Derby
Hartlepool have played Derby only once before in the FA Cup, beating them 2-1 in a first round tie in 1984.
Derby have progressed from eight of their last ten ties against sides from a lower division - the exceptions being Preston in 2008 and then non-league Crawley in 2011.
This is Pools' first appearance in the third round since 2011, in which they lost 4-1 to then-Championship side Watford.
The Rams have gone 10 away games in the FA Cup without a clean sheet.
Sheffield Wednesday v Fulham
Sheffield Wednesday have played Fulham four times in the FA Cup previously (all Third Round ties), most recently in 2009 when the Cottagers won 2-1 at Hillsborough.
Wednesday have reached the Fourth Round just three times since 2001 being eliminated from nine of their last 12 Third Round ties.
The Owls have won only one of their last six Third Round games at Hillsborough, excluding replays.
Fulham have progressed from each of their last six FA Cup Third Round ties in which they have been drawn away from home, but have needed a replay in five of them.
Southampton v Crystal Palace
Southampton have faced Crystal Palace on six previous occasions in the FA Cup, including last season when the Eagles beat the Saints 3-2 in the Fourth Round.
Southampton have beaten Palace twice in the FA Cup, with last season's defeat the fourth time they have exited the competition at the hands of the south London club.
Seven of the Saints' last eight FA Cup Third Round ties have been at home, from which they have progressed on six occasions.
Palace have won three of their last four away FA Cup games, having won the same number of games in their previous 21 away games in the competition.
Tottenham v Leicester
Tottenham have faced Leicester on nine previous occasions in the FA Cup, including at the Fourth Round stage last year, which the Foxes won 2-1 at White Hart Lane.
Spurs have won six FA Cup ties against Leicester, losing the other three games - including the last two. There has never been a replay.
Spurs have won eight of their last nine FA Cup games at White Hart Lane, the exception being the hosting of Leicester last season.
The Foxes have only failed to score in one of their last 17 FA Cup games - a 0-0 draw away to Nottingham Forest in January 2012.
Watford v Newcastle
Watford have been drawn to face Newcastle in the FA Cup on three previous occasions, with the Hornets progressing in the most recent tie in 1989.
Watford have won only one of their last six FA Cup games (L4 D1), with the solitary victory over Bristol City in 2014 coming in a replay at Vicarage Road.
Newcastle have failed to score in their last three FA cup games away from home.
The Magpies have lost their last four FA Cup ties, reaching the Fourth Round only three times in the last nine seasons.
West Bromwich Albion v Bristol City
West Brom have been drawn to face Bristol City on two previous occasions in the FA Cup with the Baggies progressing both times (1910 and 1926).
The Baggies are unbeaten in 10 FA Cup games at home to lower-ranked opposition (W7 D3) - since losing 4-2 at home to non-league Woking in 1991.
Bristol City have been eliminated in each of their last five FA Cup ties v teams from higher up the pyramid, though three of those went to replays.
The Robins have scored one goal in their last five games against higher-ranked opposition.
West Ham v Wolves
West Ham have faced Wolves twice in the FA Cup, with the Hammers winning on both occasions in 1910 (5-1) and 2004 (3-1), but this is the first and only tie to take place at Upton Park.
The Hammers have won only one of their last nine FA Cup games (L5 D3).
Wolves have failed to score in five of their last eight Cup matches.
Wolves have lost their last four FA Cup ties in a row against higher-ranked opposition.
Wycombe v Aston Villa
Aston Villa won 8-3 the last time these sides met, in the 2005/06 League Cup at Adams Park.
The Chairboys have only beaten a higher-ranked side in the Third Round of the FA Cup once, defeating Grimsby in a replay in 2001. That was the season of course they made the semi-final, famously defeating Leicester City along the way.
Aston Villa have won their last seven FA Cup ties against fourth-tier opposition, last losing to a side from that tier in 1972, a 1-0 defeat at Southend in a First Round game.
The Villains have progressed to the Fourth Round of the FA Cup in six of the last seven seasons.