The third round of the FA Cup in numbers
With the Premier League on ice, the FA Cup took centre stage at the weekend with 31 Third Round fixtures contested across two days of dramatic knockout action on Saturday and Sunday.
The competition solidified its infamous unpredictability and stayed true to its history of delivering against the odds upsets over the weekend.
With plenty of action to digest, let’s take a look back at the knockout football carnage in our special feature: The FA Cup Third Round in numbers:
0 - The number of shots on target mustered by Man Utd in their dreary 0-0 draw with Wolves at Molineux on Saturday evening. It was the first time in five years that United failed to hit at least one shot on target in a game. The last time it happened was against Southampton in the Premier League in January 2015.
4 – The number of Premier League clubs that were dumped out of the FA Cup at the weekend. Brighton, Aston Villa and Crystal Palace were all ousted by lower league opposition, though perhaps the biggest dose of cup humiliation was served up to Everton, who were eliminated by a Liverpool reserve XI at Anfield.
5 – The number of dribbles attempted by the electric Callum Hudson-Odoi in Chelsea’s comfortable 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest at Stamford Bridge. The 19-year old winger completed 100% of his attempted dribbles as he twisted and tangled tibias throughout the cup clash in West London.
6 – The number of players aged 22 or under that Liverpool fielded in their 1-0 win over Everton on Sunday. Joe Gomez (22), Nathanial Phillips (22), Pedro Chirivella (22), Neco Williams (18), Curtis Jones (18), Harvey Elliott (16) all started for a much-changed Reds in their triumph at Anfield.
8 – The number of FA Cup Third Round ties that will have to be replayed later this month. A little over a quarter of the 31 Third Round contests finished level over the weekend, with replay dates already pencilled in for January 14th and 15th.
12 – The number of clearances completed by centre-half Eoghan O’Connell in League One’s Rochdale’s 1-1 draw with Premier League side Newcastle United at Spotland on Saturday. The 24-year old cleared the ball twice as often as any other player involved. Colossus.
18 – The eye-watering number of times Gillingham forward Brandon Hanlon lost the ball for his team in their 0-2 loss at home to West Ham on Sunday. The 22-year old relinquished possession more often than any other player on the pitch at the Priestfield Stadium, and Hanlon accounted for 40% of this team’s total turnovers on the day.
25 – The number of times Middlesbrough forward Ashley Fletcher touched the ball against Tottenham on Sunday. Fletcher touched the ball fewer times than any of the other 21 players that started at the Riverside Stadium. The 24-year old still managed to score with one of his 25 touches to give Boro the lead on 50 minutes.
33 – The percentage of attempted passes completed by Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the Toffees’ mortifying 0-1 loss at Anfield on Sunday. The 22-year old attempted 18 passes overall against Liverpool, hitting his mark with just six of them.
35 - The percentage of Aston Villa’s tackles that were successful in their shock 1-2 reverse at Fulham on Saturday. In contrast, the hard-working Cottagers won 61% of their attempted tackles against the Villains. Out-fought.