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Five FA Cup Stats Including Joey Barton, Millwall And Ridiculous Odds

Five FA Cup Stats Including Joey Barton, Millwall And Ridiculous Odds

And here we thought magic of the Cup was running out.

Then Lincoln City showed up. An amazing result for the non-league side, coupled with League One Millwall dumping Premier League champions Leicester out prove to us that in 2017, that magic has been re-upped, and all is well with the world's oldest Cup competition.

We looked through the seven ties to find the five FA Cup stats that will blow your mind.

Four of Christian Eriksen's last six assists for Spurs have been for Harry Kane

We love a good partnership in football. Sutton and Shearer. Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane. Ashley Young and the grass.

Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane seem to have that kind of partnership. The Dane’s put cross after cross on a plate for the striker and it’s born fruits for Spurs all season. (Opta) It did on Sunday too, with Eriksen providing assists for two of Kane’s hat trick.

It’s just a pity they are so far behind in the Premier League.

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It's the first time since 1936/37 that Millwall have eliminated three top-flight sides in the same FA Cup campaign.

Giant killers? Well, maybe baby giants.

The Lions took apart Bournemouth in the third round quite comfortably. Watford then fell at the Den after Steve Morison’s late winner.

So Leicester would’ve been quite wary of yesterday’s match and rightfully so. Shaun Cummings grabbed his second goal of the campaign to eliminate the floundering League champions ahead of their trip to Seville this week.

No one will want to go there, that’s for sure.

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There were twice as many fouls (16) as there were shots (8) in the first half between Burnley and Lincoln

Yeah, it wasn’t the prettiest game at Turf Moor.

That was probably to be expected from Lincoln, after all they are a scrappy non-league side. But it reflects quite badly on the Premier League team.

Sean Dyche’s charges have a reputation for poor football and stats like this do not help them. (Opta)

Joey Barton's 'foul' doesn't count as it was in the second half and also wasn't a foul.

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Michy Batshuayi has only started five times for Chelsea all season.

Understandable given the form of Diego Costa and the backup option of Pedro. But Chelsea paid 33 million pounds for him in the summer. Thirty three million pounds.

Five starts. It works out at about 6.6 million per start.

That doesn’t look good for anyone, and is surely a stat that Eamon Dunphy will dig out whenever he next needs a rant about how modern football is ruining the game.

Leicester still have better odds to win the Premier League than they did at the start of last season.

The bookies have learned their lesson. Leicester of course were the 5000/1 longshots that came out of nowhere to complete a fairytale last year. The likes of Ladbrokes won’t be caught again. Leicester would have to win every game and hope Chelsea lose every game to take the title. And yet still, no major bookmakers will offer odds of over 5,000/1 (Oddschecker)

David Kent