The FA Cup first round is nearly complete but attention has already switched to the second round, following tonight’s draw.
27 Football League sides are already through with seven non league sides. Five first round ties however need replays whilst Chorley and Fleetwood play their first round tie tonight.
With the third round nearly around the corner, which ties stand out from a weak second round draw featuring twenty ties.
AFC Fylde vs Wigan Athletic
This is really the stand out tie as League One promotion contenders, Wigan travel a short distance to Fylde for a Lancaster derby.
AFC Fylde are currently in the National League but struggling in 17th position.
Their home record however is decent from last five matches at Mill Farm, having won three, drawn one and lost one.
Wigan however will be difficult opposition but could instead choose to prioritise promotion from EFL League One.
With the non league team at home, this certainly makes the fact that this is a local derby all the more interesting, given the huge cupset opportunity available.
Either way, this local derby is the stand out tie because nothing else sticks out from this draw.
Slough Town vs Rochdale
Slough Town will fancy their chances here at home against a struggling Rochdale.
The seventh tier side are unbeaten in nine of their ten home games this season at Holloways Park.
Rochdale’s away form however is tough, having drawn six and won one of their last seven games.
Those statistics however make this game a potentially close match to call and therefore one of best matches in this draw.
Gateshead vs Luton Town
Gateshead will fancy their chances of making the third round against a competitive Luton Town.
The North East team are surprisingly struggling in the National League but a cup run might spring them back into life.
Meanwhile up in the tier above, Luton are again going for promotion and have a decent record in this competition.
The Hatters have reached the third round on four occasions this decade with three exits before that stage (2 in second round, 1 in first round).
They also managed a fifth round appearance in the 2012-13 season, knocking out Wolverhampton Wanderers and Norwich en route to a fifth round defeat at home to Millwall.
These teams have met four times before at Gateshead’s International Stadium, with the Tynesiders winning two, losing one and drawing another 0-0.
Although both teams are closer in the football pyramid than the other picks, this is still one of the best ties and finishes off my picks from this round’s draw.