FA Cup 3rd Round Preview

Watford (PL) v Newcastle United (PL) – Met three times in FA Cup before with Newcastle up 2 -1 in wins, although the game which The Hornets won in 1988/89 was at the fourth time of asking. Newcastle have lost their last three Third Round ties whilst the last 4 seasons saw Watford knocked out in 4th, 3rd, 4th and 3rd Rounds.

West Bromwich Albion (PL) v Bristol City (FLC) – The clubs have met just twice in the competition both times won by The Baggies, 4-2 in 1910 after a replay and 4-1 in 1926.

West Ham United (PL) v Wolverhampton Wanderers (FLC) – One of several Third Round ties pitting former winners against each other. These clubs have also met just twice in FA Cup with The Hammers winning both times convincingly 5-1 in 1910 and 3-1 in 2004. Wolves have lost their last five FA Cup ties.

Hartlepool United (FL2) v Derby County (FLC) – The clubs have met just once before in the FA Cup in the First Round back in 1985 with Hartlepool actually winning 2-1. Hartlepool are just one round away from equalling their best ever Cup run.

Exeter City (FL2) v Liverpool (PL) – Despite never have met in the League the clubs have faced each other once before in the FA Cup, a 1949/50 Fourth Round tie which the Reds won 3-1 on their way to the final that year. Liverpool has not lost in the Third Round for five years whilst the Grecians haven’t even been this far for 11 years and it was 1981 the last time the club went any further, that year making it to a personal best of the Quarter Finals.

Tottenham Hotspur (PL) v Leicester City (PL) – The most common match-up of the Third Round and the only tie of the round repeating a Cup Final, the 1961 Final which Spurs won 2-0. Of the 10 times the clubs have met in the Cup in the past Spurs have the upper hand having won seven of them, although the first meeting in 1913/14 season ended in a 5-5 draw when Leicester still had the Fosse moniker.

Colchester United (FL1) v Charlton Athletic (FLC) – The clubs have met just once in FA Cup before, a Third Round tie 32 years ago won 1-0 by The Addicks. The Us will be hoping to go beyond the Third Round for the first time in 10 years.

Peterborough United (FL1) v Preston North End (FLC) – Despite 195 FA Cup campaigns between them this will be the first meeting between the two clubs in the competition. The Posh will be looking to make the Fourth Round for the first time in eight years.

Northampton Town (FL2) v MK Dons (FLC) – The first FA Cup encounter between the two teams (although The Cobblers did beat Wimbledon 2-0 in a First Round replay in 1982/83). Both clubs best performance in the FA Cup is reaching the 5th Round and Northampton has made it this far for the first time in 10 years (two further years since going further).

Arsenal (PL) v Sunderland (PL) – The Gunners are looking for a record equalling third successive FA Cup triumph, a feat achieved only twice before in the 19th Century by The Wanderers and Blackburn Rovers. They start their campaign against a club who has won 4 of their previous seven meetings, including the last time the two teams met in the competition in the 5th Round 2012.

Newport County (FL2) v Blackburn Rovers (FLC) – The Exiles are into the Third Round for the first time since re-forming in 1989, and it’s a further three years since the previous club made it this far. This will be the first FA Cup meeting between the two clubs in either guise. Rovers last four knock-outs have been QF, 3rd Round, QF, 3rd Round.

Ipswich Town (FLC) v Portsmouth (FL2) – The two clubs have been drawn together just twice before both times in the Third Round, both time this Century, both times at Portman Road, and both times Pompey came away with a 1-0 victory. Ipswich has lost their last five Third Round matches whilst Portsmouth are in the Third Round for first time in four years.

Birmingham City (FLC) v AFC Bournemouth (PL) – This will be the first ever FA Cup meeting between the two clubs despite 218 campaigns between them. Both clubs made it to the Fourth Round in each of the last two seasons.

Wycombe Wanderers (FL2) v Aston Villa (PL) – This will be the first FA Cup meeting between the two clubs. The Chairboys haven’t been beyond the Third Round since going all the way to the Semi-Finals in 2001.

Sheffield Wednesday (FLC) v Fulham (FLC) – Four FA Cup meetings between the clubs with honours even at two wins apiece and with all four meetings happening in the Third Round. Fulham hasn’t failed to go beyond the Third Round for eight years.

Oxford United (FL2) v Swansea City (PL) – Just one previous meeting in the FA Cup back in 1993 eventually won by The Swans on penalties after two drawn matches. The Us haven’t gone beyond the Third Round this Century doing so for the last time in 1999.

Brentford (FLC) v Walsall (FL1) – The clubs have met three times in the FA Cup in the past and Brentford won each one of them 1-0, once after a replay. The Saddlers looking to make the Fourth Rpund for the first time in 10 years.

Bury (FL1) v Bradford City (FL1) – Two previous meetings in the FA Cup between the two teams with one win each. The Bantams became the latest third tier team to make the FA Cup Quarter Finals last season, whilst The Shakers are into the Third Round for the first time in eight years.

Manchester United (PL) v Sheffield United (FL1) – Whilst Manchester United has won three of the four FA Cup meetings between the two clubs, the Blades have actually won more than twice as many FA Cup ties over the past four years than their Premier League opponents (15 versus 7). The Blades are also the last third tier side to make it to the Semi-Finals just two years ago.

Everton (PL) v Dagenham and Redbridge (FL2) – This will be the first FA Cup meeting between the two clubs. The Daggers are looking to make the 4th Round for only the second time and first time in 13 years.

Southampton (PL) v Crystal Palace (PL) – This will be the seventh FA Cup meeting between the two clubs with Palace currently up four wins to two, including a Fourth Round 3-2 win last season.

Eastleigh (NL) v Bolton Wanderers (FLC) – Unsurprisingly this is the first FA Cup meeting between the two clubs given that The Spitfires are into the Third Round for the first time ever in what is their 39th FA Cup campaign. Bolton hasn’t failed to go beyond the Third Round for seven years.

Nottingham Forest (FLC) v Queen’s Park Rangers (FLC) – Forest has beaten QPR in each of their three previous FA Cup meetings, twice after a replay. QPR have one of the worst recent FA Cup records having won just four Cup ties over the last 18 seasons.

Carlisle United (FL2) v Yeovil Town (FL2) – First ever FA Cup meeting between these two fourth tier clubs. The Cumbrians are hoping to make the Fourth Round for the first time since 1997.

Chelsea (PL) v Scunthorpe United (FL1) – One previous meeting in 2004/05 won 3-1 by Chelsea. The Blues have not failed to go beyond the Third Round in 18 years, whereas the Iron has not progressed to the Fourth Round since 2010.

Doncaster Rovers (FL1) v Stoke City (PL) – Just one previous FA Cup meeting between the two clubs won 1-0 by Doncaster Rovers in a Third Round tie in 1930. Stoke hasn’t failed to go beyond the Third Round for seven years whilst Rovers hasn’t made the Fourth Round for six.

Leeds United (FLC) v Rotherham United (FLC) – One previous FA Cup meeting, a Third Round tie in 1970/71 that Leeds won 3-2 after a replay. Rotherham hasn’t been beyond the Third Round for 14 years.

Cardiff City (FLC) v Shrewsbury Town (FL1) – First FA Cup meeting between the two sides. Shrewsbury have not gone beyond the Third Round for 13 years.

Huddersfield Town (FLC) v Reading (FLC) – Met twice before in the FA Cup, both times won by Reading, including a 1-0 Third Round win last season.

Middlesbrough (FLC) v Burnley (FLC) – The clubs have met twice in the FA Cup before, both times won by Burnley. However, the Clarets have lost each of their last four Third Round ties.

Norwich City (PL) v Manchester City (PL) – This will be the fourth meeting in the FA Cup between the two clubs with Manchester City up by two wins to one and with a goal aggregate of 12-2. The Canaries lost in the Third Round in each of the last two seasons.

Hull City (FLC) v Brighton and Hove Albion (FLC) – Three previous meetings in the FA Cup sees the Seagulls with a two to one win advantage, although the Tigers won their last meeting in the 5th Round two years ago on their way to the final. Brighton has gone beyond the Third Round in each of the last six seasons.

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