FA Cup first round is one of the best weekend’s in the domestic football calendar, and we’re hopeful that it will provide us with a winning start to November with our straight win acca.
We’ve picked three teams to seal their places in round two without the need for a replay. Let’s hope they can get the business done to leave us with a weekend winner at odds of just under 4/1.
Here are our selections.
Walsall v Macclesfield Town
Jonathan Whitney’s Saddlers are unbeaten in six competitive matches heading into this weekend’s cup clash against non-league outfit Macclesfield. As long as they perform to their potential, that run will comfortably be extended to seven.
Macclesfield have failed to win any of their last three matches in the National League, and will be considered huge underdogs against League One opposition. John Askey’s side are capable of causing a few problems, but it’s hard to see them creating too many opportunities.
Conversely, Walsall should have the added quality to create a number of openings. Assuming they do, Simeon Jackson and co. will make no mistake converting them. In truth, those attacking qualities are likely to make all the difference.
Walsall won’t want a replay, so expect a big start. If they can get their noses in front, the visitors will be very unlikely to get back into it.
Westfields v Curzon Ashton
The lowest ranked team in the competition will have been a little gutted to miss out on one of the bigger Football League teams, but will be quietly optimistic about causing an upset at allpay.park. Unfortunately for Sean Edwards’ men, the FA Cup dream is likely to end.
Visiting Curzon Ashton are far from being the best team in the competition, but the National League North outfit should fancy their chances of qualifying here. John Flanagan will be looking to Niall Cummins and co. to show their added quality, and we expect that they will.
In truth, the visitors would probably settle for the draw. Having said that, they’ll want to get this over and done with by booking their place in the next stage with a comfortable win. With three divisions between the sides, that shouldn’t be a major problem.
This is a massive day for the hosts, but it’s very difficult to see them getting the result they desire. They’ll be made to work for it, but Curzon should prevail.
Yeovil Town v Solihull Moors
Darren Way’s Yeovil enjoyed a fantastic October, picking up 10 points from 15 to propel themselves into the top half of League Two. If they can transfer that form to the FA Cup, a place in round two looks assured.
A home tie against National League opposition should give the Glovers a fantastic chance of progressing, especially given that they haven’t conceded in five competitive outings. Should Artur Krysiak register another shutout, Yeovil will almost certainly go through.
Even though they aren’t the most prolific of teams, the likes of Tom Eaves and Ryan Hedges will be expected to score against Solihull. After all, the non-league visitors have shipped 29 in 18 league games. Against stronger opposition, it’s hard to see them registering a clean sheet.
Yeovil probably won’t blitz their opponents, but they should have enough quality to win. Back them to reach round two with minimal stress.