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The FA Cup may not be as glamorous as it once was, but try telling that to Nottingham Forest, Newport County and Coventry City fans after famous wins this weekend.

It was a disappointing weekend for last season's finalists.

Runners-up Chelsea struggled at Championship opposition, but managed to survive to get a replay at Norwich City, but that was better than Arsenal, who crashed out in a defeat at Nottingham Forest.

We’ve had a look at the best stats from selected ties of the FA Cup third round as the Premier League and Championship sides entered the competition.

Liverpool 2-1 Everton

The Merseyside derby saw a debut goal from Virgil van Dijk, with the £75million man scoring a late winner.

It had looked like the two sides were going for a replay after Gylfi Sigurdsson cancelled out James Milner’s opener from the penalty spot, he’s now scored 11 out of the 13 penalties he’s taken for the Reds.

Liverpool are now unbeaten in 16 matches against Everton (winning eight and drawing eight), which is their longest ever run without losing to their Merseyside rivals.

Everton were unbeaten in their first seven matches under Sam Allardyce (winning four and drawing three) but they have hit a poor patch of form, losing their their past three and scoring just two goals in their past five matches.

What’s more, the Reds have not lost a Merseyside derby in which they have scored first since December 1992.

This was the 24th meeting between these sides in the FA Cup, making it the most-played fixture in the competition's history.

Manchester United 2-0 Derby

With Manchester United unlikely to win the league, sitting 15 points behind Manchester City, they put a strong team out against Derby County, with Jesse Lingard and Paul Pogba scoring two late goals.

Lingard now has 11 goals in all competitions for United this season, which is as many as he scored in 2015/16 and 2016/17 combined.

It was pretty dominant for United, with 66 per cent possession and 28 shots, including 16 from inside the box.

Jose Mourinho’s side also had an xG of 2.4, compared to just 0.4 for Derby.

Fleetwood 0-0 Leicester

Jamie Vardy was injured for his return to former club Fleetwood Town and without him, Leicester City failed to even register a shot on target against the League One side.

Despite that, they had a higher xG of 0.9, compared to Fleetwood’s 0.5. That’s below the Foxes average of 1.2 this season in the Premier League.

When the two clubs met in this season's EFL Trophy, Fleetwood beat Leicester’s under-23 side 3-0, with the game was watched by just 517 fans.

There were 5,001 there yesterday though.

History suggests Leicester will win the replay though, having progressed from their last eight third round FA Cup ties against sides from the third tier or below, last losing to Bristol Rovers in 1985/86.

Fleetwood have never got pas beyond the third round of the competition.

Coventry 2-1 Stoke

Mark Hughes’ time as Stoke City manager is over after goals from Jordan Willis and Jack Grimmer helped League Two side Coventry City to victory on Saturday.

Charlie Adam’s penalty for Stoke wasn’t enough to avoid defeat and Hughes lost his job following a run of six defeats in eight matches.

It was a bumper 14,199-strong crowd at the Ricoh Arena, which has averaged around 7,000 fans this season.

Stephen Ireland returned to action for the first time in 20 months, but it wasn’t enough for the away side, who lost despite dominating statistically.

They had 70 per cent possession, 29 shots to 11 and nine corners to two, but the most important statistic saw them go down two goals to one.

And it was the first time they’ve been eliminated from the FA Cup as a top-flight side against a team from the fourth tier or below for the first time since January 1938 against Bradford Park Avenue.

Fulham 0-1 Southampton

Mauricio Pellegrino’s side avoided a potential banana skin at Craven Cottage thanks to James Ward-Prowse’s first-half strike, ending a run of nine without a win for Southampton.

It also finished Fulham's run of four straight wins at Craven Cottage.

The Whites had more possession – 59 per cent – but failed to do much with it, only registering one shot on target.

With Ryan Fredericks reportedly a Stoke transfer target, he impressed for the home side, with five dribbles (joint most with Sofiane Boufal) and four tackles (more than anyone else).

Manchester City 4-1 Burnley

With Burnley going in at half-time 1-0 up thanks to an Ashley Barnes goal, there was a potential shock on the cards.

He’s now goal two goals in his last three away games in all competitions – both in Manchester, at the Etihad and Old Trafford, after none in his previous nine this season on the road.

But a Sergio Agüero double, as well as strikes from Leroy Sané and Bernardo Silva, mean they’ve now progressed to the fourth round in each of the last six campaigns.

Agüero has now scored 11 FA Cup goals in just eight appearances at the Etihad, while Sane has now been directly involved in an impressive 20 goals this season.

He’s the third City player to do so, after Agüero and Raheem Sterling.

It is now 32 games and since City were last beaten in the league or either domestic cup – by Arsenal in their FA Cup semi-final on 23 April 2017.

It was yet another dominant performance from City, with 77 per cent possession and 20 shots.

Newcastle 3-1 Luton

Newcastle United scored three times in a nine-minute spell to see off League Two leaders Luton Town at St James’ Park.

Ayoze Pérez struck twice before Jonjo Shelvey added a third. Danny Hylton got Luton’s consolation.

With the assist for Shelvey, Pérez had a hand in the same number of goals in the first 45 minutes of the win (three), as he had managed in the 20 matches he’d previously played this season.

What’s more, he’s scored in consecutive games for Newcastle United for the first time since October 2016.

Now in the next round, the Magpies have only progressed past round four once in the past 10 seasons.

Watford 3-0 Bristol City

Watford comfortably beat a much-changed Bristol City, with the Robins focusing on their Carabao Cup semi-final against Manchester City on Tuesday.

Striker Troy Deeney returned with a goal after a four-match suspension.

Deeney’s strike was in between André Carrillo’s opener and Étienne Capoue’s late goal.

With 20 shots to five and 63 per cent possession, there was only ever going to be one winner.

Watford were eliminated from the League Cup by Bristol City earlier this season, but they’d never been knocked out of both domestic cup competitions by the same opponent in a season before and made sure they kept up that record.

Wolves 0-0 Swansea

If you were looking for a match where a lower league side would upset a Premier League club, most people would have picked Wolverhampton Wanderers’ clash with Swansea City.

The Championship side already look like they’ve won the Championship, sitting top of the table, while the Swans are bottom of the Premier League.

Both sides saw red, with Rúben Vinagre’s sending off being cancelled out by Leroy Fer in the second half.

The Premier League side had more shots, but the quality wasn’t there, with just four on target.

Wolves, by contrast, had seven shots on target from 14 efforts.

Norwich 0-0 Chelsea

Chelsea may have had 61 per cent possession and didn’t allow Norwich City a single shot on target, but they still will need a replay to try and get into the fourth round after a goalless draw at Carrow Road.

The Blues unsurprisingly made nine changes for the tie, with only Gary Cahill and Tiémoué Bakayoko keeping their places from the draw at Arsenal on Wednesday, with a bench that included four players aged 18 or younger.

Aside from Willian, Chelsea weren’t great. The Brazilian made ten dribbles. The closest to that was Michy Batshuayi, who completed just four.

Newport 2-1 Leeds

League Two side Newport County provided a cup upset as they beat Championship team Leeds United 2-1 at Rodney Parade.

Gaetano Berardi’s first goal for Leeds in his 102nd appearance for the club had given the visitors the lead, but Conor Shaughnessy’s own goal drew the hosts level before Shawn McCoulsky’s 89th-minute winner.

It was the first time Newport have eliminated a side from the second tier or higher in the FA Cup since 1979, when they beat West Ham United.

Shrewsbury 0-0 West Ham

With just five touches in the opposition box in the entire game, West Ham produced a turgid performance to draw 0-0 at Shrewsbury Town.

Big-money striker Javier Hernández failed to touch the ball in Shrewsbury’s box, and didn’t get a shot away.

The home team were the better side, with nine shots to four.

Perhaps most tellingly is that at a lower league side, the Hammers managed just 55 per cent pass completion.

With the replay at London Stadium, Shrewsbury may be confident, the last Premier League opposition they faced was David Moyes’ Everton, who they eliminated.

Tottenham 3-0 AFC Wimbledon

A Harry Kane double just 111 seconds apart and Jan Vertonghen’s first competitive goal for Tottenham Hotspur in 1536 days saw off League One strugglers AFC Wimbledon.

It was the defender’s first since scoring against Sheriff Tiraspol in October 2013, while Kane has overtaken Teddy Sheringham in terms of all-time Spurs goalscorer, with 125.

Jimmy Greaves leads the way with 266, but if he carries on at Spurs for a while, Kane will surely get close, if not break that.

Tottenham dominated, with 85 per cent possession. The Dons would take that though, having had just five per cent possession in the opening five minutes.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side had 28 shots compared to eight from the visitors.

Nottingham Forest 4-2 Arsenal

Probably the biggest shock of the weekend was saved for Sunday’s last match as the holders crashed out at the City ground.

Eric Lichaj’s double, his first ever in English football, either side of Per Mertesacker’s equaliser, put Nottingham Forest 2-1 up at half-time.

Two Forest penalties from Ben Brereton and Kieran Dowell, sandwiched either side of a Danny Welbeck strike, saw Arsenal lose an FA Cup third round tie for the first time ever under Arsène Wenger, last falling at this stage in 1996 against Sheffield United.

Gary Brazil’s side became the first team from a lower division to score four or more goals against Arsenal in an FA Cup tie since Hull City in January 1908.

What’s more, Forest’s six shots on target was the most the Gunners had faced in the opening 45 minutes in a match this season.


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