FA Cup Preview – Round 2
Cambridge United v Sheffield United.
This match will be an enthralling encounter undoubtedly with it taking place on the Sunday, live in front of the BT Sport camera’s. Sheffield have struggled this season and it saw manager David Weir have to take the chop, but now with Nigel Clough at the helm things are looking better for the South Yorkshire club. After a victory against Bury thanks to Luke Berry’s double, Cambridge however will be looking for a Cup upset and will go into the game brimming with confidence with their strong league position sitting 1st in the conference. With an unbeaten run since the 12th of November Cambridge will certainly fancy an upset. Prediction Cambridge 1-0 Sheffield United.
Macclesfield Town v Brackley Town.
After the shock result of the first round, the Silkmen will most certainly be looking to extend their cup run into the 3rd round with this tie. A brilliant 4-0 demolition of League One high-flyers Swindon Town, means that they will be hoping for another victory to book their place in a round with the Premier League giants. Brackley Town however are not to be underestimated and after taking Gillingham to a replay. After knocking them out in the replay they will most certainly fancy this tie in what promises to be an brilliant non-league encounter. Prediction Macclesfield 3-0 Brackley.
Grimsby Town v Northampton Town.
Grimsby were fantastic against Scunthorpe in the first round forcing a replay against the League Two side with struggling Northampton narrowly beating Bishops Stortford. The likes of Ross Hannah, the ex Bradford striker playing up front for the conference outfit partnered by Lenell John-Lewis as the Mariners will be aiming to cause an upset against Northampton. A poor performance originally against Bishops Stortford will mean Northampton will have to raise their game. Yet with them having two Bradford loanee’s. Cup heroes Matt Duke and Ricky Ravenhill, could they apply the cup expertise from last seasons remarkable journey? Prediction Grimsby 2-1 Northampton.
Chesterfield v Southend
This game promises to be a cracking fixture as the two League Two high-flyers sit at the top and with goals capable from both sides this may be a goal fest and a cracking fixture from the neutral perspective. Chesterfield have the advantage in the league but through goal difference. They both sit on 33 points in the league ladder but chesterfield have a higher goal difference by two goals. Two remarkably equal sides could mean the floodgates open but there is the capability of a goal drought. It’s more likely to be a high-scoring fixture though I think. Prediction Chesterfield 3-3 Southend.
Carlisle v Brentford
Brentford worried Chelsea last season and forced a replay upon the Premier League giants, after struggling in the same round last season against Bradford on the Friday in a 1-1 Draw it took a rematch at Brentford to settle the tie as they comfortably booked their place in the third round before a game against Southend awaited. The next round however is reachable for Brentford and struggling Carlisle could be the perfect tie for Rosler’s men. Prediction Carlisle 0-2 Brentford.
Port Vale 1-0 Salisbury
Wycombe Wanderers 0-2 Preston North End
Bristol Rovers 1-3 Crawley Town
MK Dons 2-0 Dover Athletic
Oldham Athletic 2-2 Mansfield Town
Rotherham United 3-0 Rochdale
Peterborough United 2-2 Tranmere Rovers
Hartlepool United 3-4 Coventry City
Kidderminster Harriers 1-2 Newport County
Plymouth Argyle 5-0 Welling United
Fleetwood 2-2 Burton Albion
Leyton Orient 3-2 Walsall
Stevenage 1-2 Stourbridge
Tamworth 2-1 Bristol City
Wrexham v Oxford United/Gateshead
This first round clash between Oxford United and Gateshead is taking place Thursday night. My Prediction is 2-0 to Oxford and then for Wrexham to beat Oxford 1-0.
Some interesting ties to look at then but hopefully a goal fest, lets see what the magic of the FA Cup brings.