FA cup quater finals: Stats, Preview and Predictions

The English FA cup returns with quarter final fixtures and the teams are rearing to go more than ever before.
This competition is revered for its unpredictability and upset or cupset like some of us call it.
Under normal circumstances, we don’t get to see as much upset at this stage as the preceding round but who knows?

Norwich vs Manchester United

Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s men travel to Carrow Road to face Norwich in this weekend’s FA cup quarter final fixtures.

The Red Devils will be hoping to continue the impeccable form they’ve shown in recent times.
The home side have their Premier League status to worry about than you give priority to this game.

Stats

Manchester United have conceded just twice in five recent FA cup games; they’ve scored ten times in that period.
Norwich have conceded in their last two FA cup matches.
Manchester United have won six of the last seven meetings against Norwich; Man United have scored at least 3 goals in two recent matches against this weekend’s opponent.
Manchester United have scored won 4-0 against Norwich in three of their last seven meetings.

Verdict

Manchester United are the better team on paper, form and otherwise.
The Red devils seem to have Norwich’s dial every time they meet and this encounter shouldn’t be any different.
Prediction: Norwich 0-4 Manchester United

Sheffield United vs Arsenal

The Blades have lost the form that pushed them so close to Champions League places since the restart of the league.
Arsenal are not in great form themselves, the Gunners have lost two of their last three games.

Stats

Arsenal have not lost in the English FA cup since January 2019.
Four of Arsenal’s last five FA cup games have seen a minimum of 3 goals; three of those games have seen both teams to score.
Four of Sheffield’s last five cup games have witnessed under 2.5 goals.
Arsenal have won two of the last four games against Sheffield United in all competitions.

Verdict
Arteta and his boys need all the positives they can get, winning this game will give them a huge boost ahead of their upcoming Premier League fixture against Norwich.

Prediction: Sheffield 1-2 Arsenal

Leicester City vs Chelsea

Fresh from defeating Manchester City in the league, Chelsea will be looking to advance through to make it past the FA cup quarter final.
Leicester City have become draw merchants since the return from a COVID19 enforced break, they will be looking to correct that with this match but Chelsea’ form will make hard for Leicester to get anything meaningful from this game.
Stats
Leicester City are unbeaten in the English FA cup in 90 minutes of regulation time over their last five games [4W, 1L].
ironically, Chelsea’s last away FA cup tie was against Leicester, they played out a1-1 draw but the Blues edged it in extra time.
Chelsea have drawn their last two away games in the English FA cup.
The last the meetings between Leicester and Chelsea have ended in stalemate.
Chelsea have won only two of their last six away matches in all competitions. [2W, 3D, 1L].
Leicester City have three wins in six previous home matches.
Verdict
Holistically looking at this game, both sides don’t lose often. They play an exciting brand of football, and on the balance of play any of this side could take out just about any team in the Premier League, on their own day.
Recent trends suggest this game will end in a stalemate and i agree.
Prediction: Leicester City 1-1 Chelsea

Newcastle United vs Manchester City

Fresh from a 2-1 defeat at Chelsea and losing the Premier League to Liverpool, Manchester City will be seeking redemption in the today’s FA cup quarter final fixture.
Newcastle stand in between them and a semi-final spot, Pep Guardiola’s men will be looking for a response befitting their status as double Premier League champions.
Stats
Newcastle have kept a clean sheet in three of their last four games; they’ve not conceded in their last two.
Manchester City have scored 8 un-replied goals in two recent games, claiming maximum points.
In the FA cup, Man City are unbeaten since February 2018.
The last four meetings between these two have seen both teams to score and a minimum of three goals.
Verdict
Manchester City have too much firepower for Newcastle to withstand, i expect them to take out Steve Bruce’s men with ease.
Prediction: Newcastle 1-3 Manchester City

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