32 teams remain in this season's FA Cup, and with the fourth round taking place this weekend, we've decided to delve into the history books to see who some of the fortunate (and unfortunate) teams are when it comes to being drawn at home.
The sample used is from the 2000/01 season to the present day for all matches from the first round proper onwards (up to and including the fourth round draw this season). Replays and matches played at neutral venues are not considered in this analysis.
The following chart highlights all clubs who have played over 60% of their FA Cup ties at home, and at the opposite end of the spectrum, those teams who have played at home less than 40% of the time:
* Teams who have played fewer than 20 FA Cup ties since 2000/01 have not been included.
- League One outfit Bury have been awarded the highest percentage of home ties since the 2000/01 season – with 75.0% equating to 21 home matches and just seven on the road.
- Four clubs currently playing in the Premier League have been fortunate enough to be drawn at home in over 60% of their ties – Southampton, Sunderland, Watford and Everton. Southampton once again have a home tie this weekend.
- Cambridge, who were eliminated in the third round, have been drawn at home on 10 consecutive occasions.
- Leeds United have been the unluckiest team in the football league in terms of home draws, as they have played just 23.3% (seven out of 30) of their FA Cup ties at Elland Road since the 2000/01 season. They are once again required to travel this weekend when they visit non-league Sutton United.
- Swansea, who lost in the third round this year, have been drawn away on the last seven occasions.
- Premier League clubs Burnley and Crystal Palace have identical FA Cup records since the 2000-01 season – played 32, 11 home matches, 21 away matches. Even if we include replays, they still cannot be separated, as both teams have played eight replays during this time.