Round one of the FA Cup is one of the most iconic weekends of the entire football season, and that’s exactly where we’re focusing our attentions for this Saturday’s treble.
The magic of the cup stipulates that there’s bound to be a few upsets on the day. However, we’re backing three Football League teams to each avoid the embarrassment of being knocked out by non-league outfits.
A £10 stake could see us win the best part of £50. Not bad considering the gulfs in quality.
Crewe Alexandra V Eastleigh
Our first selection comes from Gresty Road where Steven Davis’ Crewe will be looking to build on last weekend’s league win over Sheffield United by sealing their place in round two of this year’s FA Cup. It won’t be easy against Eastleigh, but home advantage should see them through.
The League One hosts haven’t enjoyed the best opening to the campaign, and are currently rooted to the bottom of their league. However, with two divisions between the sides, strikers Ryan Colclough and Lauri Dalla Valle will be eager to increase their personal goal tallies.
Eastleigh aren’t a bad side and will be in good confidence after winning four of their past five competitive matches. However, Chris Todd’s men know that they’ve got a tough task on their hands here and would be more than happy to secure a replay.
But that’s the last thing Crewe will want, and we’re backing the hosts to make their superiority count with second home win in two weeks.
Crewe Alexandra Win @ 19/20 with 888sport
Millwall V AFC Fylde
Following a relatively poor start to the campaign, Neil Harris’s Millwall have enjoyed a decent run of form in recent weeks. The League One outfit would love to supplement this improve league form with a decent cup run. In truth, a home tie against Fylde is the perfect opportunity to launch it.
The Lions are unbeaten in six, and even that defeat saw them score three goals in a 5-3 loss to Peterborough. If the likes of Aiden O’Brien and Steve Morison can score three goals here, then itc an be assumed that the hosts will be sailing through against the team from three leagues below.
Visiting Fylde are enjoying a great season themselves, and sit top of the Conference North with 32 points from a possible 42. Nonetheless, Dave Challinor’s men won’t be fancied at the Den, and they could be set for a first loss in 11 outings.
The non-league side will give a good account of themselves and could have had a genuine chance of a scalp against lesser opposition. But Millwall are one of the best teams in the competition at this stage, and should show their strength on home soil
Millwall Win @ 2/5 with 888sport
Wealdstone V Colchester United
Tony Humes’s Colcehster United haven’t enjoyed the best run of form in recent weeks and are currently enduring their worst patch of the campaign. However, the Eagles will be eager to bounce back to winning ways as they travel to non-league Wealdstone and should have no trouble sealing the win at the St George’s Stadium.
Home side Wealdstone are in good form, having won five consecutive matches in all competitions. However, they are still only a mid-table side in the Conference South and shouldn’t cause any major threats to a Colchester side that hit six past non-league Gosport at the same stage of last year’s competition.
The quality of George Moncur and Marvin Sordell should be too much for Wealdstone, and could make all the difference here. Colchester will probably want to put this game to bed at the earliest stage possible. If they do take an early lead, it would be a long way back for the hosts.
This is a potential banana skin for the League One visitors, but we’re backing them to escape in unscathed.
Colchester United Win @ 4/5 with 888sport
A £10 treble pays £49.14 with 888sport