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Premier League sides averaged over six changes in FA Cup fourth round

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A total of 86 alterations were made by the 14 top-flight teams in fourth-round action.
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Runaway Premier League leaders Liverpool named an entirely changed starting line-up for their FA Cup fourth-round tie at Shrewsbury as top-flight sides made over six alterations on average.

The Reds sit 16 points clear at the league summit with a game in hand but, given their continued participation in other competitions, manager Jurgen Klopp opted to make wholesale changes.

All 11 of the team that started the 2-1 win over Wolves on Thursday dropped out as a mixture of fringe players and youth talent took centre-stage.

Klopp’s young side looked to be getting the job done as they went 2-0 up through Curtis Jones’ opener and Donald Love’s own goal right at the start of the second half, but substitute Jason Cummings was introduced on the hour mark and bagged a brace to earn the Shrews a replay.

After Liverpool it was Leicester who made the next highest number of alterations of the top-flight sides in action over the weekend as Brendan Rodgers shuffled his pack for the trip to Brentford.

The Foxes, showing nine changes with only Caglar Soyuncu and Ayoze Perez retained from the midweek win over West Ham, still had enough to secure a 1-0 win through Kelechi Iheanacho’s early effort.

Fellow top-four sides Chelsea and Manchester City made eight changes apiece for their ties against Sky Bet Championship opposition.

Frank Lampard handed a rare start to Michy Batshuayi at Hull and he provided the opening goal, with recalled defender Fikayo Tomori also finding the back of the net in a 2-1 victory which saw only Cesar Azpilicueta, Mateo Kovacic and Callum Hudson-Odoi keep their spots.

City cruised through at home to Fulham, largely thanks to an early red card for Tim Ream.

Pep Guardiola followed Lampard’s lead by naming just three of the side who started the Premier League win over Sheffield United.

Gabriel Jesus missed a penalty against the Blades but made up for that by notching a double in a 4-0 success, with Riyad Mahrez and Nicolas Otamendi also included once again.

The fewest changes came from Tottenham, with Jose Mourinho potentially identifying the FA Cup as his best chance of landing his first trophy at the club.

But things did not go to plan at in-form Southampton as Spurs, with only three changes from their last league outing against Norwich, were pegged back late on to draw 1-1.

New signing Gedson Fernandes made his full debut as Davinson Sanchez and Japhet Tanganga also started, with Southampton’s four alterations seeing Danny Ings return but unable to add to his impressive recent scoring record.

Manchester United, losers at home to Burnley on Wednesday night and with the second leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final against neighbours City coming up, showed six changes at Tranmere.

Manchester United captain Harry Maguire scored the first goal of the 6-0 win at Tranmere (Simon Cooper/PA)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would have still been after a response and he got just that as the Red Devils romped to a 6-0 win on a poor pitch – Diogo Dalot, Jesse Lingard and Mason Greenwood all finding the back of the net on their returns to the starting XI.

Fresh from that famous win at Old Trafford, Burnley boss Sean Dyche made five changes of his own as the Clarets were beaten at home by the Premier League’s bottom side Norwich, who themselves rotated seven players.

West Ham, struggling for league form, somewhat surprisingly made only the four changes but were still beaten 1-0 at home by Championship leaders West Brom.

Sheffield United and Newcastle made five alterations apiece but fared differently in their respective ties.

The Blades won 2-0 at Millwall despite changing half of their outfield players but Steve Bruce’s Newcastle were held at home to a goalless draw by League One play-off hopefuls Oxford.

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool26251061154676
2Manchester CityMan City26173667293854
3Leicester CityLeicester26155654262850
4Chelsea2612594336741
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs2611784334940
6Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd2610972824439
7Manchester UnitedMan Utd2610883829938
8Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2681263532336
9Everton26106103438-436
10Arsenal2671363634234
11Burnley26104123039-934
12Southampton2694133248-1631
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2687112440-1631
14Crystal Palace2679102332-930
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2669113138-727
16Bournemouth2675142640-1426
17Aston Villa2674153450-1625
18West Ham UnitedWest Ham2666143045-1524
19Watford2659122440-1624
20Norwich CityNorwich2646162448-2418
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Premier League Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool26251061154676
2Manchester CityMan City26173667293854
3Leicester CityLeicester26155654262850
4Chelsea2612594336741
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs2611784334940
6Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd2610972824439
7Manchester UnitedMan Utd2610883829938
8Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2681263532336
9Everton26106103438-436
10Arsenal2671363634234
11Burnley26104123039-934
12Southampton2694133248-1631
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2687112440-1631
14Crystal Palace2679102332-930
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2669113138-727
16Bournemouth2675142640-1426
17Aston Villa2674153450-1625
18West Ham UnitedWest Ham2666143045-1524
19Watford2659122440-1624
20Norwich CityNorwich2646162448-2418
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