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Jon Riley 11th Apr 2012 - 16:39

FA Cup Opta Facts - Semi-Finals

FA Cup Opta Facts - Semi-Finals

Liverpool v Everton

  • This will be the fifth FA Cup semi-final between these two Merseyside giants. Everton won the first (in 1906), but Liverpool have since progressed through the last three.
  • No other fixture in FA Cup history has seen more than three semi-finals.
  • On all three occasions Liverpool have beaten Everton in an FA Cup semi-final, the Reds have gone on to lose the final.
  • Liverpool and Everton have been drawn together 16 times before in FA Cup history, with The Reds emerging victorious on nine occasions and the Toffees on seven.
  • The Reds are appearing in the semi-finals of the FA Cup for the 23rd time. Of the previous 22, they have made it to the final 13 times and been eliminated nine times.
  • Since 1986, however, Liverpool have won seven of their eight FA Cup semi-final ties, with Crystal Palace (1990) the only team to eliminate them from the last four in this period.
  • Everton have appeared in 24 FA Cup semi-finals, progressing to the final 13 times.
  • David Moyes' side have been eliminated at the semi-final stage more often than any other team in the history of the competition (11).
  • The Toffees have reached the final the last six times they have made it to the FA Cup semi-finals: three times in extra time and once on penalties (vs Man Utd in 2009).
  • Only Manchester City (seven) have played more FA Cup semi-finals since they were last eliminated at this stage than the Toffees (six).
  • Liverpool v Everton has seen more red cards than any other Premier League fixture (20), while the Reds were reduced to 10 men in their last FA Cup tie against the Toffees.
  • Everton have won four and lost none of their last five matches in all competitions.
  • Only three teams have previously won the League Cup and FA Cup in the same season: Arsenal in 92/93, Liverpool in 00/01 and Chelsea in 06/07.
  • With a victory against Everton, Liverpool would be take one step closer to becoming the first team to achieve two FA/League Cup doubles, after they won both cups in 2000/01.
  • Liverpool have only kept one clean sheet in their last 12 games in all competitions, but that was against Everton (3-0 in the Premier League).

Tottenham v Chelsea

  • Chelsea have reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup 19 times previously, progressing to the final 10 times.
  • After being eliminated in seven of their first eight FA Cup semi-finals, the Blues have reached the final on nine of the last 11 occasions they have made the final four.
  • Tottenham have lost their last five FA Cup semi-finals, and haven't the made the final of the competition since 1991.
  • Only one team has ever been knocked out in more than five consecutive FA Cup semi-finals, but that was Chelsea (six, between 1920 and 1966).
  • Overall, however, Spurs have won nine and lost nine of 18 FA Cup semi-final ties.
  • These two London rivals have been drawn together eight times before in the FA Cup, with each side progressing four times.
  • On the last two occasions Tottenham have beaten Chelsea in the cup, they have gone on to lift the trophy.
  • Chelsea have only lost one of their last 32 FA Cup matches (excluding penalty shootout defeats).
  • That one defeat, 0-1 against Barnsley in March 2008, is also the only time the Blues have failed to score in their last 38 FA Cup games (95 goals in total).
  • Excluding penalty shoot-out defeats, Chelsea are unbeaten in 21 FA Cup games, only one side has ever gone longer without defeat in the competition: Blackburn Rovers between October 1883 and November 1886 (23 games).
  • Tottenham have only won four of their last 13 games in all competitions, drawing five and losing four.
  • Chelsea have won eight and lost just one of 11 games under new manager Roberto Di Matteo.
  • Since the start of the 2006/07 competition, Frank Lampard has scored more goals than any other player in the FA Cup proper (18).


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