English Football

GOTP Data: FA Cup Round Three

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THE FA CUP is with us again soon and once more, the Premier League sides will field under-strength teams as they rest some of their star names.

Each year, TV pundits tell us the Cup is as compelling as ever, while the FA tinker with the scheduling of the competition and the top clubs devalue it by leaving out their first choice players. The fans are, effectively cheated by the clubs.

Consider the third round last season and how the 20 Premier clubs lined-up. Some clubs, such as Hull (10 changes from previous game), Swansea (nine) and Leicester (eight) should have billed the game as a Hull City, Swansea or Leicester XI rather than their first team. Here’s the full list:

10 – Hull (v Arsenal) 9 –  Swansea (v Tranmere) 8 – Leicester (v Newcastle) 7 – Tottenham (v Burnley); QPR (v Sheff.United); Stoke (v Wrexham) 6 –  Crystal Palace (v Dover); Chelsea (v Watford); Arsenal (v Hull); Man.City (v Sheff Weds); Man.United (v Yeovil); Newcastle (v Leicester); Sunderland (v Leeds) 5 –  Villa (v Blackpool) 4-   West Ham (v Everton); WBA (v Gateshead) 3 –  Everton (v West Ham); Southampton (Ipswich) 2 –  Burnley (v Tottenham) 0 –  Liverpool (v Wimbledon)

Last 10 years in the FA Cup – current Premier

Some clubs are suckers for a giant-killing (defined here as defeat by a club from a lower division). Norwich City, for example, have suffered six times in the past 10 years. Newcastle United have been turfed out by junior opposition four times and you have to go back to 2006 to find a year that has seen the Geordies last beyond round four.

  15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6
Arsenal W W 5* 5 6 4 SF 5 5 4
A.Villa F 3* 4* 4 5 SF 5 3 3 5
Bournemouth 4 4 3 1* 2 2 2* 2 2* 1*
Chelsea 4* 5 SF W 4 W W 6* W SF
Crystal Pal. 5 4* 3 3 3 5 4 3 4 4
Everton 3 6 6 SF 5* 4 F 3* 3 4
Leicester 5 3 4 6 3 4 3 3 3 4
Liverpool SF 5 4* F 3 3* 4 5* 3 W
Man.City 4* 6* F 3 W 5 3* 4* 6 6
Man.United 6 3 6 4 SF 3* SF 6 F 5
Newcastle 3 3 3* 4* 3* 4 3 4 3* 6
Norwich 3* 3 4* 5* 3* 2* 3 3* 5 3
Southampton 4 5 3 4 4 5 3 5* 4 5
Stoke City 5* 4 4 6 F 6 3* 3 4 5
Sunderland 5 6 3 6 3* 4 4 3 3 4
Swansea 4* 5 3 4 4* 3 5 3* 4 1*
Tottenham 4 3 4* SF 4 SF 4 4 6 3*
Watford 3 4 3 4 4 3 5 4 SF 3
WBA 6 3 3 4 3* 5 4* SF 5 3*
West Ham 5 3* 3 3* 6 3 5 3 4 F

Giant-killed *

Arsenal: 2013 (Blackburn)
Aston Villa: 2014 (Sheff.United); 2013 (Millwall) Bournemouth: 2012 (Gillingham); 2009 (Blyth Spartans); 2007 (Bristol Rovers); 2006 (Tamworth)
Chelsea: 2015 (Bradford C); 2008 (Barnsley)
Crystal Palace: 2014 (Wigan) Everton: 2011 (Reading); 2008 (Oldham)
Liverpool:  2013 (Oldham); 2010 (Reading); 2008 (Barnsley)
Man.City: 2015 (Middlesbrough); 2014 (Wigan); 2009 (N.Forest)
Man.Utd: 2010 (Leeds)
Newcastle: 2013 (Brighton); 2012 (Brighton); 2011 (Stevenage); 2007 (Birmingham)
Norwich: 2015 (Preston); 2013 (Luton); 2012 (Leicester); 2011 (Orient); 2010 (Carlisle); 2008 (Bury)
Southampton: 2008 (Bristol Rovers)
Stoke City: 2015 (Blackburn); 2009 (Hartlepool)
Sunderland: 2015 (Bradford C); 2011 (Notts Co.)
Swansea: 2015 (Blackburn); 2011 (Orient); 2008 (Havant); 2006 (Stockport)
Tottenham: 2013 (Leeds); 2006 (Leicester)
WBA: 2011 (Reading); 2009 (Burnley); 2006 (Reading)
West Ham: 2014 (Nottm.Forest); 2012 (Sheff.Weds)

This year’s field

Premier v Premier: Arsenal v Sunderland; Norwich v Manchester City; Southampton v Crystal Palace; Tottenham v Leicester; Watford v Newcastle United

Half of the Premier will play among themselves, so that’s five departures at the third round stage. Expect Arsenal to continue their FA Cup (and this year, League) form and dispose of Sunderland. City should beat Norwich and Watford should be too good for Newcastle on their own ground. Southampton v Palace is a tough one to call, but the game of the round (whoever thought you would say that?) is Tottenham v Leicester.

Premier v Championship: WBA v Bristol City; West Ham v Wolves; Birmingham v Bournemouth

WBA should beat Championship strugglers Bristol City. West Ham should have too much for mid-table Wolves. If there is a giant-killing on the cards, it could be Birmingham v Bournemouth.

Premier v League One: Chelsea v Scunthorpe; Doncaster v Stoke City; Manchester United v Sheffield United

Chelsea should have few problems against Scunthorpe, but they said that against Bradford City last season. Stoke and Manchester United won’t be too troubled by their Yorkshire opponents.

Premier v League Two: Everton v Dagenham & Redbridge; Exeter City v Liverpool; Oxford United v Swansea City; Wycombe v Aston Villa

The Mersey duo will be comfortable with their draws, but Oxford and Wycombe could make life difficult for Swansea and Villa respectively. The way Villa are playing, there could be a major shock coming.

Tie of the round: Tottenham Hotspur v Leicester City

Tottenham have a rich FA Cup history…

Winners 1901, 1921, 1961, 1962, 1967, 1981, 1982, 1991
FA Finalists 1987
Semi-Finalists 1922, 1948, 1953, 1956, 1993, 1995, 1999, 2001, 2010, 2012

…while Leicester await their first silverware

Winners nil
FA Finalists 1949, 1961, 1963, 1969
Semi-Finalists 1934, 1974, 1982,

Past meetings between the two clubs in the competition:

  Round        
1913-14 1 Leicester Fosse 5 Tottenham 5
  Rep Tottenham 2 Leicester Fosse 0
1927-28 5 Leicester City 0 Tottenham 3
1947-48 5 Tottenham 5 Leicester City 2
1956-57 3 Tottenham 2 Leicester City 0
1957-58 3 Tottenham 4 Leicester City 0
1960-61 Final Tottenham 2 Leicester City 0
1973-74 3 Leicester City 1 Tottenham 0
1981-82 SF Tottenham 2 Leicester City 0
2005-06 3 Leicester City 3 Tottenham 2
2014-15 4 Tottenham 1 Leicester City 2

 

Head-to-heads

Last meeting: August 22 2015 – Leicester City 1 Tottenham 1
Last Tottenham win: March 21 2015 – Tottenham 4 Leicester City 3
Last Leicester win: January 24 2015 – Tottenham 1 Leicester 2 (FA Cup)
Last draw: August 22 2015 – Leicester City 1 Tottenham 1

Premier League meetings

TH V LC LC V TH
1994-95 1-0 3-1
1996-97 1-2 1-1
1997-98 1-1 2-1
1998-99 0-2 2-1
1999-00 2-3 0-1
2000-01 3-0 4-2
2001-02 2-1 2-1
2003-04 4-4 1-2
2014-15 4-3 1-2
2015-16 Jan 13 1-1

 

Current form – last six games

Tottenham     Leicester City
Watford A W2-1 December 28/29 Manchester City H D0-0
Norwich City H W3-0 December 26 Liverpool A L0-1
Southampton A W2-0 December 19 Everton A W3-2
Newcastle Utd H L1-2 December 13/14 Chelsea H W2-1
WBA   A D1-1 December 5 Swansea City A W3-0
Chelsea H D0-0 November 28/29 Manchester Utd  H D1-1

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