It’s the first weekend of December, and that can only mean one thing… it’s FA Cup round two weekend.
The remaining clubs are now just 90 minutes away from a potential glamour tie against the Premier League’s big boys, and we’re backing these three clubs to all seal their respective places in round three.
Leyton Orient V Scunthorpe United
Ian Hendon’s Os were relentless during their 6-1 win over Staines Town in round one, and the League Two club will be eager to follow that with a League One scalp against Scunthorpe United.
The Brisbane Road club have responded well since suffering relegation from the third tier last season, and the goals of Jay Simpson should give them a good chance against an away side that has kept just one clean sheet out on the road in all competitions.
Scunthorpe will be equally eager to seal their place in the third round, but Mark Robins has seen his side lose six of 11 away matches. They struggled to a 2-1 home win against Southend in round one, and should expect another difficult afternoon here.
Meanwhile, the gulf between the third and fourth tiers isn’t that great either. With home advantage on their side, the impetus has to be with Orient.
Leyton Orient Win @ 6/4 with SkyBet
Millwall V Wycombe Wanderers
Despite losing their Tuesday night trip to Burton Albion, Neil Harris’s Lions are in good form right now and the League One club will be looking to show those qualities as they welcome Wycombe Wanderers to the Den.
Millwall have won seven of their last eight home games, drawing the other, and will be in supreme confidence as they look to reach round three of the FA Cup. The hosts will also be pleased to be scoring goals from all over the park, and they will be expected to show their quality against lesser opposition.
The League Two visitors suffered a 3-0 loss at Bristol Rovers on Tuesday night, so Gareth Ainsworth faces a real challenge as he looks to restore confidence in the Chairboys. Sadly, a lack of firepower could leave them rather blunt as they look to cut through a very rigid Lions backline, and that could prove to be their downfall.
We can’t see Millwall losing. The fact they’ll want to avoid a replay gives us every reason to think they’ll edge past their opponents here.
Millwall Win @ 4/6 with SkyBet
Stourbridge V Eastleigh
There are still a number of non-league teams in this year’s competition, and none will fancy their chances of reaching the third round more than Colin Todd’s Eastleigh as they make the trip to a Stourbirdge side that sits two tiers below them.
In addition to the gulf in quality, the visitors also enter the match in terrific form having won six of their last seven fixtures. That included an away win at League One Crewe in round one of this competition, so they should be in buoyant mood as they make the trip to the War Memorial Athletic Ground.
Stourbridge are in decent form having won four of their last five. However, Gary Hackett’s part-timers know they are in for a difficult test here. Quite frankly, we’re not sure they are capable of making the step up in class.
With the magic of the cup to consider, Eastleigh could endure a bumpy ride. But we still expect them to prevail.
Eastleigh Win @ ¾ with SkyBet
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