FA Cup fifth round key statistics: United meet Rovers again

Date published: Friday 17th February 2017 12:35

Chelsea head to Molineux as clear favourites, while Manchester United and Blackburn meet again and Spurs will be confident for their London derby with Fulham. Opta pick out the best stats from the upcoming FA Cup action


Burnley v Lincoln City

  • Burnley have progressed past Lincoln in all three of their post-war ties, although two of them had to go to replay.
  • However, Lincoln won the first ever tie between the sides in the FA Cup, an Intermediate Round replay in the 1904-05 edition of the competition.
  • The Clarets are unbeaten in their last seven meetings with Lincoln in all competitions (W4 D3).
  • Lincoln City have reached the fifth round of the FA Cup for the first time since the 1886-87, eventually losing out to Glasgow Rangers.
  • Burnley haven’t progressed to the sixth round since 2002-03, losing at the fifth round stage four times since.
  • The Imps’ have lost their FA Cup top goalscorer this season – Theo Robinson (five goals) left to join Southend United on transfer deadline day.
  • Burnley have lost just three of their last 29 competitive home matches (W20 D6 L3).
  • Lincoln have won seven of their last eight games in all competitions (L1), winning each of the last four.

Huddersfield Town v Manchester City

  • Huddersfield and Manchester City have been paired together twice before in the FA Cup – City were victorious in both ties (Round 4 in 1925/26 and Round 3 in 1987/88, though they needed two replays).
  • The Terriers have failed to score in three of their previous four FA Cup games with Manchester City.
  • Neither of these teams conceded a goal in Round 3 or Round 4, with both Huddersfield and Man City scoring eight goals so far in the competition.
  • This is the first game between the two clubs in any competition since February 2000, when they played out a 1-1 draw in the second tier. Clyde Wijnhard opened the scoring before Shaun Goater equalised for City.
  • Yaya Toure has scored in both round of the FA Cup so far this season, after failing to score in his previous eight FA Cup games.
  • Huddersfield Town haven’t gone beyond the fifth round of the FA Cup since 1971/72.
  • Manchester City have won five of their last seven away contests in all competitions (L2), with each victory coming with a clean sheet.
  • The Terriers are unbeaten in seven home games since losing to Wigan in November (all comps, W6 D1).

Middlesbrough v Oxford United

  • This will be the first contest between Middlesbrough and Oxford United in cup competition.
  • The last time the sides played each other was in 1997/98 while in the second tier, as Boro ran out 4-1 winners in both games.
  • Oxford United are the top scoring team in the competition so far this season (14 goals). They’ve only conceded twice on their way to the fifth round.
  • This is the U’s first appearance in the fifth round of the FA Cup since 1994, in which they were knocked out by Chelsea, who were finalists that season.
  • This is the third time in the last five seasons in which Middlesbrough have made the fifth round, losing 2-0 to Chelsea in 2013 and by the scoreline v Arsenal in 2015.
  • Alvaro Negredo has scored four goals in five previous FA Cup appearances.
  • Middlesbrough have scored just 24 goals in 28 games in all competitions this season.
  • Oxford have won five of their last six away games in all competitions (L1).

Millwall v Leicester City

  • Millwall have progressed from their last two FA Cup ties v Leicester (Round 5 in 1984/85 and Round 3 in 1990/91), after losing the first two.
  • Leicester have won their last two games with Millwall (in the Championship in 2013/14), after losing each of the previous four.
  • Millwall last played in Round 5 in 2012/13, beating non-league Luton on their way to the semi-final that season.
  • The Foxes last progressed beyond the fifth round in 2011/12, losing to eventual winners Chelsea in the sixth round.
  • The Lions have kept clean sheets in three of their four FA Cup games this season, conceding twice to Braintree Town in the second round.
  • Jamie Vardy scored twice the last time he played Millwall, as Leicester beat them 3-0 in November 2013.
  • Leicester City have won 11 competitive games in 2016-17 so far; over half of which have come in cup competitions (five in Premier League, four in Champions League, two in FA Cup).
  • The Foxes have lost five of their six games this season directly before a Champions League fixture (D1).

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Chelsea

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  • The last time Wolves and Chelsea met in the FA Cup was in Round 6 in 1993/94, which saw the Blues win thanks to a Gavin Peacock goal.
  • Wolves were beaten 6-0 in the Capital One Cup by Chelsea in September 2012. Gary Cahill scored the opening goal of that match while Victor Moses scored the sixth.
  • The last team to knock out both Chelsea and Liverpool in the same FA Cup campaign were Barnsley back in 2007/08.
  • Pedro has scored three times and assisted another two goals for Chelsea in the FA Cup this season.
  • Helder Costa scored in Round 3 against Stoke, then provided assists for both goals v Liverpool in Round 4.
  • Chelsea have won nine of their last 10 games in all competitions v Wolves (L1), keeping seven clean sheets in the process.
  • After winning five successive away games, Chelsea have won just one of their last four in all competitions (D2 L1).
  • Antonio Conte’s side have failed to score in just one of their last 11 away games in all competitions.

Fulham v Tottenham Hotspur

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  • Tottenham have progressed from five of their previous six FA Cup ties against Fulham, but were knocked out by them in the most recent meeting (4-0 in Round 4, 2010/11)
  • However, since that 4-0 win, Fulham have lost each of their last three games versus Spurs at Craven Cottage.
  • Ryan Sessegnon scored and assisted in Fulham’s Round 4 victory over Hull – he also scored in the third round v Cardiff.
  • Son Heung-Min has scored in both rounds of Spurs’ FA Cup campaign so far, scoring in the 97th minute v Wycombe to help his side progress.
  • Fulham haven’t knocked out two Premier League teams in the same FA Cup campaign as a lower league side since 1998/99 (Aston Villa and Southampton).
  • Spurs have progressed from 12 of their last 13 FA Cup ties against teams from lower down the pyramid – the exception being against Leeds in 2012/13.

Blackburn Rovers v Manchester United

  • Blackburn and Manchester United last met in the FA Cup in 1984/85, with United winning 2-0 in Round 5 with goals from Gordon Strachan and Paul McGrath.
  • Rovers haven’t beaten Manchester United at home in any competition since winning 4-3 February 2006 (D3 L3). David Bentley scored a hat-trick in that game.
  • Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young both scored in United’s last visit to Ewood Park back in April 2012, a 2-0 win.
  • Manchester United have won both of their FA Cup ties this season by a 4-0 scoreline against Championship teams Reading and Wigan.
  • Anthony Martial has been involved in nine goals in his last eight FA Cup games (3 goals, 6 assists).
  • This is the third season in a row that Blackburn have made it to the fifth round – they lost 5-1 to West Ham last season but beat Stoke City 4-1 in 2014/15 at this stage.
  • Blackburn have lost only one of their last five games at Ewood Park in all competitions (W3 D1).
  • Jose Mourinho’s side have lost just one of their previous nine away matches in all competitions (W6 D2).

Sutton United v Arsenal

Sutton United: Make FA Cup 5th round

  • Sutton are playing their first ever fifth round FA Cup tie in their history. By contrast, this will be Arsenal’s 54th game at this stage since 1925/26.
  • The last non-league team to win an FA Cup home game against top-flight opposition were Sutton United vs Coventry in 1989.
  • Despite beating Coventry, Sutton have conceded 15 goals in three previous games v top-flight sides in the FA Cup.
  • This will be Arsenal’s first game against a non-league side in the FA Cup since 2002/03, when they beat Farnborough 5-1 at Highbury.
  • No non-league team has ever reached the sixth round of the FA Cup in its current format (Lincoln can also do this in this round).
  • Arsenal could reach the sixth round for the fourth season in a row, something they haven’t done since 2005 (five in succession).
  • Theo Walcott has scored five times in his last two away FA Cup games for the Gunners.
  • Sutton midfielder Craig Eastmond played 10 times for Arsenal between October 2009 and November 2010, including one appearance in the FA Cup; a game that they lost 1-3 to Stoke City.

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