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FA Cup Opta Stats: Everton and Liverpool heading to Wembley

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Kenny Dalglish and David Moyes are both chasing home wins this weekend

Kenny Dalglish and David Moyes are both chasing home wins this weekend

"Everton have won their last four home meetings with Sunderland in all competitions, scoring 14 and conceding just one."

The Opta insights hint that Everton and Liverpool will triumph in home FA Cup quarter-finals, while things won't be so simple for Tottenham and Chelsea...

Everton v Sunderland (Saturday, 12:45, ITV1)

The Toffees have won their last four home meetings with Sunderland in all competitions, scoring 14 and conceding just one
The Opta stats suggest an Everton win, with the Merseysiders unbeaten at home against Sunderland since 1996 and prevailing in seven of the pair's 11 FA Cup clashes.

Everton have netted exactly twice in all three FA Cup games this season
David Moyes' men have scored twice in only one of their last 16 Premier League fixtures but are comparatively prolific in the FA Cup. They have also fired two or more in each of their last seven as hosts against Sunderland.

Tottenham v Bolton (Saturday, 17:30, ESPN)

The Trotters have only lost one of their eight FA Cup sixth-round games away from home (excluding replays), winning four and drawing three
How much should be read into Spurs' recent run of three straight defeats, given the calibre of the opposition? Perhaps not too much, however the above trend is intriguing, especially as Bolton have lost just five in 14.

Wanderers have scored exactly two goals in all four FA Cup games this term
Bolton have struck in nine of their last 13 collisions with Tottenham, so as the Lilywhites last failed to net domestically at White Hart Lane almost a year ago, this looks like a both teams to score match.

Chelsea v Leicester (Sunday, 14:05, ESPN)

Chelsea have scored a 90th-minute goal in three of their last four clashes with the Foxes, with two of those goals turning draws into wins
In addition to being an interesting pointer for in-play bettors, this stat could be used as part of a case for backing the second half to have more goals. That was a feature of Chelsea's last five matches, four of which were 0-0 at the break.

Jermaine Beckford is the joint-top scorer in the FA Cup this season with five goals, and has scored 14 goals in his last 15 FA Cup games
The former Chelsea trainee hasn't slacked off against the top clubs in building such a fine FA Cup record either, and prepared for this tie with two goals against Championship promotion hopefuls Birmingham on Tuesday.

Liverpool v Stoke (Sunday, 16:00, Sky Sports 1)

Liverpool have kept seven clean sheets in their last eight FA Cup sixth-round games at Anfield, including replays
Kenny Dalglish has assembled the second most resilient defence in the Premier League despite sitting seventh in the table, with 11 shut outs secured already this term, including one at home to Stoke.

Stoke City have never kept a clean sheet in an FA Cup sixth-round game
Perhaps even more troubling for Tony Pulis than that tendency is that they have scored just one in six away league encounters against top-eight sides while leaking 13, the kind of form indicating a loss without scoring.

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Back the second half of Chelsea v Leicester to have the most goals @ [2.26]
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