Sheffield United v Aston Villa

Last updated : 07 January 2011 By BBC Sport

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The tie in context

• Aston Villa are one of six Premier League clubs visiting a Championship side in the third round.

Gulf in class

• Sheffield United are 23 places lower than Villa in the pecking order.


• Meeting each other for the first time in four seasons.

• Aston Villa won their last clash, 3-0 at Villa Park in the Premier League in May 2007.

FA Cup records and best performances

• Their only meetings outside the league were in the FA Cup, where they've been drawn to meet each other five times previously.

• Villa progressed on three occasions; Sheffield United twice.

• The Blades prevailed most recently; 3-1 in the third round at Bramall Lane in January 2005.

The clubs


Current form

• Not won in four games (1D, 3L), scoring twice in each of those.

• Won one of seven; 1-0, home to Swansea on 18 December.

FA Cup form

• Aiming to successfully negotiate the third round for the fourth year running.

• Manchester City were the last Premier League club they eliminated, in the fourth round in January 2008.

• Victory would be their 150th in an FA Cup match.

• The first goal they score will be their 500th in the history of the competition.


Current form

• Not won in four (1D, 3L).

• Won one of 10, seven of which were lost.

• Not won on the road since a 2-1 triumph against Wolves at Molineux on 26 September.

FA Cup form

• Enjoyed their best run in the competition for a decade by reaching the last four last season.

• The seven times winners last lifted the trophy in 1957.

• Sheffield United were the last lower division club to dismiss them; 3-1 in the third round at Bramall Lane in January 2005.

Replay date

Wednesday, 19 January 2011 (Kick off: 1945 GMT)

Match officials

Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)

Assistant referees: Dean Mohareb and Gary Beswick

Fourth official: Graham Salisbury

Source: BBC Sport

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