Ahead of the Emirates FA Cup semi-finals, Opta have dug out some interesting stats

Thursday 04 Apr 2019
Wolves striker Raul Jimenez, who will join the club permanently this summer, has scored in three rounds of this season's FA Cup

It's the Emirates FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley Stadium across the weekend of Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 March, as the final four teams left prepare to play for a spot in this season's Final.

And ahead of both ties, our friends at Opta have prepared a collection of eye-catching and interesting stats around the clubs and players involved, from both past and present.

Manchester City v Brighton & Hove Albion
5.30pm, Saturday April 6
Live on BBC One

- This will be the first meeting between Brighton and Manchester City in the competition since January 1983, when the Seagulls won a fourth round tie en-route to their only previous appearance in an FA Cup final.

- Brighton have only won one of their last 11 matches with City in all competitions (D3 L7), a 2-1 victory back in April 1989 in a second-tier clash.

- City have progressed from ten of their previous 13 FA Cup semi-final appearances, including eight of the last nine. The Citizens have never lost back-to-back semi-finals in the competition.

- Brighton are winless in their four previous matches at Wembley (D1 L3). Should they fail to win, they will become just the fifth different side to lose on all of their first five visits to the stadium in all competitions (Brentford, Leicester City, Middlesbrough and Shrewsbury Town).

- City have scored more FA Cup goals in 2018-19 than any other side (19). Indeed, they are looking to become the first side to score at least 20 times within a single campaign since Chelsea back in 2011-12 (20), and the first time the club has done so since 1980-81 (20).


Yaya Toure fired Manchester City to victory in the semi-final and Final of 2011

- This will be City’s fourth match at Wembley in 2018-19 (W2 D1). Along with Chelsea (4) and Spurs (19), this will be the first time ever that three different club sides will play at least four games at the stadium within a single campaign.

- Each of Brighton’s four previous goals scored at Wembley have come via different players. Gordon Smith and Gary Stevens scored against Manchester United in 1983 and Dean Wilkins and Dave Regis against Notts County in 1991.

- Sergio Aguero and Riyad Mahrez are looking to become the first Man City players to score in two separate games at Wembley Stadium within the same season since Yaya Toure scored in both the 2010-11 FA Cup semi-final and Final.

- Brighton striker Jurgen Locadia has had a direct hand in five goals in his seven FA Cup appearances (three goals, two assists), including goals in his last two games.

- City have had nine different goalscorers in the FA Cup this season, last having ten different players net at least once for them in the competition back in 2010-11, when they last lifted the trophy at Wembley.

Brighton's Jurgen Locadia has been a profitable pick for Chris Hughton's team in this season's FA Cup

Watford vWolverhampton Wanderers
4pm, Sunday 7 April
Live on BT Sport

- This will be the eighth FA Cup match between Watford and Wolves, with the Hornets winning just one of the seven previous encounters – a 3-0 victory in the fifth round in February 1980.

- Wolves’ second biggest FA Cup victory came against Watford back in January 1912, thrashing the then non-League outfit 10-0 in a first round replay.

- Watford have only lost one of their last five matches against Wolves in all competitions (W2 D2), a 0-1 defeat at Vicarage Road in December 2014 in the Championship.

- Wolves are playing in their 15th FA Cup semi-final and first since 1998. They’ve been eliminated each of the last four times they’ve reached this stage, last progressing in 1960 en-route to winning the trophy under Stan Cullis.

- Watford will play their seventh FA Cup semi-final, only managing to progress on one previous occasion – a 1-0 victory over Plymouth back during the 1983-84 campaign. Indeed, of sides to appear in at least five FA Cup semi-finals, Watford have the joint-lowest progression rate alongside Fulham (1/6 – 17%).

- Wolves have won their last six games at Wembley Stadium – only Arsenal (seven between May 2014 and May 2017) and Tottenham (seven between January-March 2018) have won more consecutively at the ground.

Watford captain Troy Deeney has enjoyed a strong record in his last 13 FA Cup appearances

- Watford have won just one of their six games in all competitions at Wembley Stadium (2-0 v Bolton in May 1999) losing each of their last four at the ground.

- Watford skipper Troy Deeney has had a direct hand in nine goals in his last 13 FA Cup appearances, scoring five and assisting four.

- Each of Watford’s seven FA Cup goals this season have been assisted by different players (Masina, Sema, Hughes, Quina, Cleverley, Cathcart and Pereyra).

- Only Padraig Amond (5) has scored in more different rounds of the FA Cup this season than Wolves striker Raul Jimenez, with the Mexican netting in the third, fourth and quarter-final rounds.

By FA Staff