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Chelsea vs Morecambe - the stats

Our build-up to this year's FA Cup third round tie starts with the facts and figures you need, including statistical information on the Shrimps of Morecambe...

Chelsea stats

Chelsea are looking to progress to the FA Cup fourth round for the 23rd consecutive season.

We last lost a third round tie in 1998, when Manchester United beat us 5-3 at Stamford Bridge.

The last team from a lower division to beat the Blues in the FA Cup was Bradford City in the fourth round in 2015 at Stamford Bridge. The Bantams were sixth in League One at the time and ended our run of 12 successive home victories by winning 4-2.

Chelsea have played tier four sides in the FA Cup on nine occasions, winning seven. Our two defeats both came at Stamford Bridge, against Crewe Alexandra (1-2) in 1960/61 and Wigan (0-1) in 1979/80 on a frozen Bridge pitch.

Since Frank Lampard became head coach he has given eight Academy players their senior debut: Mason Mount, Billy Gilmour, Reece James, Marc Guehi, Ian Maatsen, Tino Anjorin, Tariq Lamptey and Armando Broja.

New opposition again

Chelsea and Morecambe have never met before in any competition or friendly.

They are the fourth club this season we will have played for the first time, together with our three Champions League opponents Sevilla, Krasnodar and Rennes. Morecambe will take the total number of different clubs the Blues have played in competitive matches to 193.

Last FA Cup tie vs fourth tier side

Third round, Stamford Bridge, 06.01.2007, 3pm

Chelsea (4-4-2) Hilario; Geremi, Ferreira, Carvalho, A Cole (Woods 78); Wright-Phillips, Mikel, Lampard (c) (Morais 71), Bridge; Kalou (Sahar 75), Shevchenko
Scorers: Lampard 16, 41, 51 (pen), Wright-Phillips 68, Mikel 82, Carvalho 86
Manager: Jose Mourinho

Referee: Lee Mason
Attendance: 41,434


If selected, Kepa Arrizabalaga will make his 100th appearance for Chelsea in all competitions.
Cesar Azpilicueta made his 400th appearance for the club against Man City last week. He’s joined 12 other Chelsea players to reach that landmark, and is only the second overseas player to do so after Petr Cech.
Chelsea FC 400 appearances club
R Harris 795, Bonetti 729, Terry 717, Lampard 648, Hollins 592, Cech 494, Wise 445, Clarke 421, Dixon 420, McCreadie 410, Bumstead 409, K Armstrong 402, Azpilicueta 400.

Morecambe stats

Best seasons in the FA Cup
Third round: 1961/62, 2000/01, 2002/03
Second round: 1968/69, 2006/07, 2008/09, 2012/13, 2017/18

Last season
League Two - 22nd
FA Cup - First round
League Cup - Second round
EFL Trophy - Group stage
Top scorer all competitions: Cole Stockton 6

This season’s stats (all competitions): 28 games, 39 goals
Most starts: Sam Lavelle 25, Carlos Mendes Gomes 23, Adam Phillips 23
Top scorers: Adam Phillips 8, Carlos Mendes Gomes 7, Aaron Wilding 5

Morecambe are appearing in the third round of the FA Cup for only the fourth occasion. They have lost the previous three, so are seeking to reach the fourth round for the first time.

This will be Morecambe’s first game since Boxing Day due to Covid-19.

Derek Adams’ side are seventh in League Two with 34 points from 20 games, five points behind leaders Carlisle with a game in hand.

Morecambe are on a run of four successive victories (all in League Two) since their defeat at Newport County on 5 December.

The Shrimps have scored in their last seven away games in all competitions since their 0-4 defeat to Crawley on 17 October.

Morecambe have been an EFL side since 2007 after being promoted from the Conference for the first time by winning the play-off final.

Chelsea will be Morecambe’s second meeting in the FA Cup against a top-flight side. The other was against Ipswich at home in the 2000/01 third round (lost 0-3).

They did play Newcastle at home in the Carabao Cup earlier this season and lost 0-7.

Morecambe’s FA Cup results
First round - Maldon and Tiptree (a) W 1-0
Second round - Solihull Moors (a) W 4-2 after extra time

FA Cup scorers
Stockton 3, O’Sullivan 1, Phillips 1 (pen)

Derek Adams replaced the long-serving Jim Bentley as manager. Bentley left to take over at AFC Fylde in November 2019. 

Adams has been in charge for 50 games and has never managed a team against Chelsea.

Morecambe's most recent line-up

League Two, Saturday 26 December 2020
Morecambe 3 Grimsby Town 1
Team 4-2-3-1:
Halstead; Cooney, Lavelle (c), Davis, Hendrie; Wildig, Songo’o; Slew (Diagouraga 86), Phillips, Mendes-Gomes; Stockton
Booked Stockton, Songo’o
Scorers Mendes-Gomes 58, 71, Phillips 90+3


There are no suspensions

Yellow cards only count in the competition they are received. In the FA Cup, two yellow cards will result in a one-match suspension. The cut-off point is the quarter-finals, so no player can miss the final through cumulative yellows.

Referee and VAR

Referee: Darren England
VAR: Jon Moss
Darren England is refereeing Chelsea for the first time, although he was the VAR for our recent home draw with Aston Villa on 28 December and our 3-3 at West Brom in September.

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