FA Cup 2015/16 4th Round Preview

West Bromwich Albion (Premier League) v Peterborough United (League One)

Just one previous FA Cup meeting between the two sides in 2008/09 Third Round with The Baggies winning the replay 2-0 after a 1-1 draw. The Posh are in the Fourth Round for the first time since 2008 and will be hoping to go one round further for the first time in 30 years.

Bolton Wanderers (Championship) v Leeds United (Championship)

Four previous FA Cup meetings have resulted in two wins apiece, with Bolton winning the first two and Leeds winning the latter two. Bolton has been knocked out of the FA Cup in the Fourth Round in each of the last three seasons.

Arsenal (Premier League) v Burnley (Championship)

The clubs have been drawn together seven times in the FA Cup in the past with Arsenal triumphing in each of the last five meetings. In fact, Burnley has only ever beaten the Gunners in the FA Cup when Arsenal were still known by their previous name, Woolwich Arsenal, in 1895/96 (First Round 6-1) and 1897/98 (First Round 3-1). Burnley are in the Fourth Round for the first time in five seasons whilst Arsenal has never failed to get this far in each of the last 20 years.

Derby County (Championship) v Manchester United (Premier League)

These two clubs have been drawn together in the FA Cup for the ninth time. Manchester United has won the previous six encounters, with The Rams only ever having beaten The Red Devils when Manchester United were still known as Newton Heath. Derby won 5-1 after a replay in the Second Round 1895/96 and 2-0 in the Third Round the following season. Manchester United has won the last six meetings without the need of a replay, and with a goal difference of 19 to six.

Reading (Championship) v Walsall (League One)

This will be the third FA Cup meeting between the two clubs with both sides having progressed at the expense of the other once each. The Saddlers beat Reading on penalties in the Third Round 13 years ago on their way to a personal best equalling Fifth Round appearance.

Liverpool (Premier League) v West Ham United (Premier League)

This will be the sixth time the two clubs will face each other in the FA Cup with Liverpool having been triumphant in each of the last five encounters. The clubs first met in the short-lived Intermediate Round in 1900/01 with The Reds winning 1-0, and last went head-to-head in the Final ten years ago when Liverpool won on penalties after coming back to draw 3-3 late on. This is the only ‘repeat’ final of this year’s Fourth Round.

Aston Villa (Premier League) v Manchester City (Premier League)

This is another tie that is oft repeated with the two clubs having been drawn together eight times in the FA Cup in the past. Manchester City has the upper hand having won on six of the previous encounters. The clubs first met in the First Round in 1899/1900 when Villa won 3-0 in a replay, and last met in the Fifth Round five years ago when Manchester City won by the same scoreline.

Shrewsbury Town (League One) v Sheffield Wednesday (Championship)

The two clubs faced each other in the Third Round of the 1962/63 season with The Owls winning 2-1 in a replay after the original game ended one each. Shrewsbury is in the Fourth Round for the first time in 13 years, and it’s another 12 years beyond then since the club progressed to the Fifth Round. This is the first season Wednesday has gone further than their Sheffield United rivals in the FA Cup since 2011.

Nottingham Forest (Championship) v Watford (Premier League)

This is the third time these two clubs have been drawn together in the FA Cup with both having progressed at the expense of the other once each. Their first meeting was unusual in that it came in the Third Round of the 1945/46 season when each tie was played over two legs. As it happens both games ended 1-1 so a third match was required as would have been the case under normal FA Cup conditions anyway. Watford won the third game 1-0 with Forest getting their revenge 43 years later.

Carlisle United (League Two) v Everton (Premier League)

Everton has won all three of these clubs’ previous FA Cup encounters, most recently 3-1 in the Third Round six years ago. Carlisle is into the Fourth Round for the first time since 1997 and hasn’t managed to go further since their run to the Quarter Finals in the 1974/75 season. Carlisle is the lowest placed club remaining in this year’s competition.

Crystal Palace (Premier League) v Stoke City (Premier League)

Both these clubs’ best FA Cup performance is being runners-up, Palace in 1990 and Stoke in 2011. They’ve met twice before in the Cup with Stoke winning on both occasions, the second time just three years ago winning 4-1 after a goalless draw. Stoke has made it to the Fourth Round in each of the last seven seasons, whilst Palace is on a little FA Cup trend having been eliminated in the competition over the last three years in the Third Round, the Fourth Round and the Fifth Round respectively.

Oxford United (League Two) v Blackburn Rovers (Championship)

This will be the third FA Cup meeting between the two sides having won one contest each. When they met in the Fifth Round in 1964 there were three divisions between the two sides and Oxford won 3-1. This is the first time Oxford has made the Fourth Round this Century and it is 22 years since they went any further.

Portsmouth (League Two) v AFC Bournemouth (Premier League)

Portsmouth has faced AFC Bournemouth only once before in the FA Cup, beating them 5-1 in the Fourth Round 25 years ago. However, back then it was Pompey who were the higher league side. This is the first time Portsmouth has made the Fourth Round since reaching the Final in 2010, whilst The Cherries have been knocked out in this round in both the last two seasons and haven’t progressed any further since 1989.

Colchester United (League One) v Tottenham Hotspur

This is the first FA Cup meeting between the two clubs.  This is also the first time in 10 years that Colchester has made it to the Fourth Round. The club will be hoping to emulate its finest hour in the FA Cup when defeating Leeds United 3-2 in a Fifth Round tie 45 years ago.

Bury (League One) v Hull City (Championship)

The clubs have been drawn together in the FA Cup just once before, in a First Round tie way back in 1913/14 which Bury won 2-1 after the first game ended goalless. This is the first time The Shakers have made the Fourth Round for eight years, and it is 30 years since the club progressed any further.

Milton Keynes Dons (Championship) v Chelsea (Premier League)

This will be the first meeting between these two sides in the FA Cup. MK Dons are into the Fourth Round for only the second time in their short history, whilst Chelsea have never failed to make it this far in each of the last 18 seasons.

 

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