FA Cup 2015-16 Quarter Final Preview

1 Reading (Championship) v Crystal Palace (Premier League)

Neither side has won the FA Cup before with Crystal Palace making the Final in 1990 and Semi Final on two other occasions, most recently in 1995, and Reading with just two Semi Final appearances, the second coming just last season, 88 years after their only other last four experience. The two clubs have been drawn against each other in the FA Cup three times before, twice in the early 1930s and again 20 years later in 1952/53. There have been six matches in total with three draws and three victories for Palace. With Reading making it this far again this season, it is now ten years since the Quarter Finals was an All-Premier League affair.

2 Everton (Premier League) v Chelsea (Premier League)

The only ‘repeat’ FA Cup final in this season’s Quarter Final, a game Chelsea won 2-1 in 2009. That was one of six victories Chelsea has had over Everton in the FA Cup in the past, with Everton beating Chelsea on three other occasions. Everton are into the Quarter Finals for a record 45th time whilst Chelsea are in their 34th, although it is their 11th Quarter Final in the 21st Century, itself a record.

3 Arsenal (Premier League) v Watford (Premier League)

Arsenal are still on track to recording their 3rd successive FA Cup triumph, last achieved by Blackburn Rovers 130 year ago. Arsenal and Watford have met five times in the FA Cup in the past with the Gunners winning four of those occasions, including two when still using the name Woolwich Arsenal. Whilst Arsenal are the current record holders with 12 FA Cup wins, Watford has yet to win the competition, with just one Final appearance in their 108 seasons, a 2-0 defeat to Everton in 1984.


4 Manchester United (Premier League) v West Ham United (Premier League)

This is the ninth time these two clubs have been drawn together in the FA Cup. West Ham won the first two encounters, but Manchester United now hold a 5 to 3 win advantage over the Hammers. This is Manchester United’s eighth Quarter Final appearance since last winning the FA Cup in 2004 whilst West Ham have made it this far just three times in the same period.


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