Emirates FA Cup quarter final previews: Opta stats

Wednesday 13 Mar 2019
Anthony Knockaert has been involved in four goals in his last five Emirates FA Cup ties

The Emirates FA Cup quarter finals take place at the weekend with a spot at Wembley up for grabs.

Watford and Crystal Palace kick things off on Saturday before in-form Manchester City travel to Swansea City with their red rivals facing Wolves at Molineux in the evening.

Millwall entertain Brighton & Hove Albion in the weekend’s last quarter final tie on Sunday.

And here are some key facts from each tie ahead of a what promises to be a tense couple of days:

Saturday 16 March

Watford v Crystal Palace
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  • Watford and Crystal Palace have played each other seven times in the FA Cup, most recently in the semi-final in 2015-16, a 2-1 win for Palace.
  • Crystal Palace have lost two matches against Watford already this season, both in the league – they haven’t lost three in a row in all competitions against the Hornets since March 1936.
  • Watford have progressed from their last three FA Cup quarter final ties, winning in 2002-03, 2006-07 and 2015-16.
  • All four teams to eliminate Watford in an FA Cup quarter final have gone on to reach the Final, with three winning the Cup – Newcastle in 1932, Liverpool in 1986 and Wimbledon in 1988; the other was Arsenal in 1980, who lost to West Ham.
  • This is Crystal Palace’s eighth FA Cup quarter final, progressing from four of their previous seven; however, they’ve been eliminated from both quarter final ties against top-flight opposition, losing to Everton in 1906-07 and Leeds United in 1964-65.
  • Neither Watford nor Crystal Palace have conceded a single goal in this season’s Emirates FA Cup, with Palace facing twice as many shots (42) as Watford (21).
  • Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has lost both of his FA Cup quarter finals as a manager, losing with Fulham in 2008-09 and 2009-10 against Manchester United and Spurs respectively.

Swansea City v Manchester City
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  • This is the first-ever FA Cup meeting between Swansea and Manchester City – the Swans are winless in their last 13 games against the Citizens in all competitions (W0 D2 L11).
  • Manchester City have progressed from three of their last four FA Cup quarter finals (2010-11, 2012-13 and 2016-17), with their only defeat in this time coming against Championship opposition in 2013-14, when they lost 2-1 to Wigan Athletic.
  • Swansea City have been eliminated in six of their last seven FA Cup ties against Premier League opponents, winning the other in January 2014 away at Manchester United.

  • Manchester City have scored at least four goals in each of their three FA Cup games this season – the last team to so in four in a row were also City, during the 1925-26 season.
  • Swansea are looking to reach the FA Cup semi-final for just a third time, also doing so in 1925-26 and 1963-64.
    Manchester City could become just the second team to win two away FA Cup matches in Wales in a single season, having already won at Newport County – Norwich City beat Rhyl and Newport in the 1950-51 campaign.

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Manchester United

  • Wolves and Manchester United last met in the FA Cup in the fourth round in 2005-06, with the Red Devils winning 3-0 at Molineux.
  • This is the 100th meeting between Wolves and Man Utd in all competitions. Their last encounter at Molineux came in March 2012 in the Premier League, a 5-0 victory for United.
  • Wolves haven’t reached the semi-final of The FA Cup since 1997-98, when they beat Leeds United at Elland Road in that season’s quarter final.
  • United are looking to reach The FA Cup semi-final in consecutive seasons for the first time since doing so in 2003-04 and 2004-05 under Sir Alex Ferguson.
    Wolves haven’t won three consecutive FA Cup ties since February 2003.
  • United have won nine of their last 10 away FA Cup ties, losing the other in the 2016-17 quarter final against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a 100 per cent away win record in The FA Cup, winning twice away from home with Cardiff City in 2013-14 and twice this season with United.
  • Wolves defender Matt Doherty has been involved in more FA Cup goals than any other player among the teams left in the competition (5 – 3 goals, 2 assists).

Millwall v Brighton & Hove Albion

  • Millwall and Brighton haven’t met in The FA Cup since the 1956-57 season in the first round, with the Lions winning a replay to progress.
  • This is Millwall’s eleventh FA Cup quarter final – all as a non-top-flight team; only Southampton (13) have reached more FA Cup quarter finals while outside the top-flight.
  • Brighton are participating in their fourth FA Cup quarter final; they’ve progressed from one of their previous three, doing so in 1982-83 when they reached the Final.
  • Since the start of the 2016-17 campaign, Millwall have been won four FA Cup ties against Premier League opponents – more than any other non-Premier League side in that time.
  • Millwall have won their last five home FA Cup ties against Premier League opponents, last losing in February 2012, against Bolton Wanderers.
  • Brighton haven’t won three consecutive away FA Cup ties since December 1932.
  • Anthony Knockaert has been involved in four goals in his last five Emirates FA Cup ties for Brighton (2 goals, 2 assists).
By FA Staff