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FA Cup First Round preview

FA Cup First Round preview

It’s the 136th edition of the oldest Cup competition in the world this season, and the first round of the FA Cup takes place this weekend.
39 non-league clubs take their place in the first round, hoping for their moment of FA cup glory. Keep reading for our FA Cup first round betting preview.

Non-league sides looking to cause an upset

This year’s FA Cup first round begins on Friday night as National League side Eastleigh take on League One’s Swindon Town.
Eastleigh sit 8th in the fifth tier of English football and are as short as 13/8 to win.
The story of this year’s first round is the debut appearance of Merstham, the Surrey village team who play in the Isthmian League Premier Division, the seventh tier of English football. The minnows face Oxford United at home in front of the TV cameras and are 7/1 to knock out the league side.
Southern League Chesham, also from the seventh tier, are 7/1 to win at League One club Peterborough United while Spennymoor Town of the Northern Premier League are 10/1 to win at League One side MK Dons.
The lowest ranked team left in the competition are ninth-tier Westfields from the Midlands League Premier Division. They face Curzon Ashton and are 4/1 to win.
“We are delighted we are at home,” Westfields chief executive Andy Morris told BBC Sport before the Curzon Ashton result. “I’m quietly confident with a home draw. Getting this far is a huge bonus – we have earned enough money so far to get us through this season and keep us going into next season.”
There are certain to be some non-league sides in round two, with Lincoln City just 1/3 to beat Altrincham while Whitehawk are 8/13 to beat Stourbridge. Braintree Town can beat Eastbourne Borough at 8/11 while famous Cup giantkillers Sutton United are 11/10 to win at Dartford.

League sides looking to progress

Two former FA Cup winners meet at Gigg Lane on Saturday as Bury take on AFC Wimbledon. Just three points separate the two sides in League One and the Dons won the recent league meeting between the sides 2-1. Neal Ardley’s side are 7/4 to win.
Bolton Wanderers are also former Cup winners and are just 4/9 to beat Grimsby Town. Notts County were upset by non league opposition in the first round of the Cup last season and face a tricky tie at Boreham Wood who are 11/4 to win.
Hartlepool United are as short as 1/6 to beat non-league Stamford while Rochdale are 4/6 to win at Maidstone United.
Sheffield United are 2/5 to beat Leyton Orient at Bramall Lane while Morecambe look excellent value at 4/1 to beat Coventry City. Alfreton could cause an upset on Sunday and are 13/5 to beat struggling Newport County while Plymouth Argyle are excellent value at 7/5 to win at Mansfield Town.

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