FA Cup 2015/16 Fifth Round Preview

1. Chelsea (Premier League) v Manchester City (Premier League)

This is the sixth time the two clubs have been drawn together in the FA Cup. Chelsea won their first clash, a Third Round tie in 1914-15, but City has won each of the other four including two seasons on the trot in 2013 and 2014. This is the 49th time Chelsea will appear in the Fifth Round, the third highest number of times. They also have the third highest number of exits at this round of 16, although Manchester City have been knocked out in this round a total of 17 times.

2. Reading (Championship) v West Bromwich Albion (Premier League)

This is the fifth time these two sides have been drawn against each other in FA Cup history and it is Reading who have the upper hand with a three-to-one win record in the previous four meetings. The last win in the Third Round in 2011 was the last time The Baggies were knocked out of the FA Cup by a club from a lower level.

3. Watford (Premier League) v Leeds United (Championship)

This is the first ever FA Cup meeting between the two clubs. Watford has reached the Fifth Round for the first time in seven years, but have twice been Semi-Finalists since the turn of the Century. Leeds United has reached this stage for only the second time during the same period.

4. Shrewsbury Town (League One) v Manchester United (Premier League)

Shrewsbury Town is the lowest placed club still in this year’s competition and will face Manchester United for the first time ever. The club is in the Fifth Round for the first time in 25 years and is just one win away from equalling its best ever Cup run, last achieved in 1982. Whilst Manchester United has not won the Cup since 2004, the club has been beyond the Fifth Round seven times in the past 11 competitions.

5. Blackburn Rovers (Championship) v West Ham United (Premier League)

This is the seventh time Blackburn Rovers and West Ham United have been drawn together in the FA Cup, with both sides progressing at the expense of the other three times each. Four of the previous six meetings were only settled after a replay, with the Fifth Round tie in 1998 seeing The Hammers go through on penalties. Blackburn has reached the Quarter Finals twice in the last three seasons whilst West Ham hasn’t gone beyond the Fifth Round in five years.

6. Tottenham Hotspur (Premier League) v Crystal Palace (Premier League)

This is the fifth occasion this particular London derby will occur in the FA Cup with both clubs having been victorious twice each in previous encounters. Palace won the first two meeting, Spurs the latter two. In all FA Cup matches between the two sides at least one of them has failed to score (there was one 0-0 draw, too). Palace is trending to reach the Quarter Finals as the club’s last three FA Cup exits have been Third Round, Fourth Round and Fifth Round successively. Tottenham has made the Fifth Round for the first time in four seasons.

7. Arsenal (Premier League) v Hull City (Championship)

These two clubs will meet in the FA Cup for the third successive season with Arsenal coming out on top on the previous two occasions, most notably in the Cup Final two years ago. Overall the clubs have met five times in the competition with Hull City’s only victory coming way back in the 1907/08 season, a 4-1 win after a goalless draw when their opponents were still known as Woolwich Arsenal. The Gunners are on a mission to win the Cup for the third successive season, a feat that has not been achieved for 130 years when Blackburn Rovers won their third consecutive title. Arsenal also hold the record for reaching the Fifth Round the most, this season being the club’s 55th appearance at this stage in the competition.

8. AFC Bournemouth (Premier League) v Everton (Premier League)

Just one previous FA Cup meeting for these two clubs, a 5-0 Third Round victory for Everton in the 1936/37 season when the Cherries were a Third Division South side still playing under the name Bournemouth and Boscombe Athletic. This is the 53rd time Everton has made it to the Fifth Round whilst Bournemouth is at this stage of the competition for the first time since 1989. The Cherries are just one win away from equalling their best ever Cup run, last achieved 59 years ago.

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