2018-19 FA Cup: Second Round Draw Highlights

Last night saw the FA Cup Second Round draw take place with Guiseley, Oxford City and Southport amongst the non league sides left in the draw. 

With a spot in third round potentially against top flight teams up for grabs, securing an easy tie in this round is important but which league sides are vulnerable to cupsets?

Ties will be played on weekend of 30th November to 3rd December. 


Guiseley vs Fleetwood Town

Having already produced a cupset in knocking out League Two’s Cambridge United, Guiseley can claim an even bigger upset as they host Fleetwood Town of League One. 

This time last season, The Lions had reached second stage for first time before losing 3-0 to Mansfield Town. Now, can they avenge that loss and move a step further into the third round where a top team potentially awaits?

Joey Barton meanwhile has never lost to a non league team as a player so certainly won’t want it to happen now as a manager. 

Either way. this is a risky away game for Barton and Fleetwood as Guiseley are a dangerous threat. 


Wrexham vs Newport County

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This Welsh derby is also another big tie as Newport County aim to make their way into third round hat for second consecutive season as they visit Wrexham.

Both sides are firmly in promotion fights in their respective leagues, meaning that we should have a competitive clash between two strong teams.

A cupset is also likely here given that Newport haven’t won on their last three trips to the Racecourse Ground.

From those three meetings, they drew twice in consecutive seasons before Newport lost at Wrexham in 2012-13 season only to get revenge in Play-Off Final at Wembley and clinch promotion to League Two.


Solihull Moors vs Blackpool

League One’s Blackpool could well become a cropper here as they face a tough trip to Solihull Moors. 

The Moors are currently on a six match unbeaten run in all competitions and haven’t lost at home since early September. 

Blackpool meanwhile crashed out in first round last season to Boreham Wood, who are also of the National League, so know how dangerous these fifth tier sides can be when at home to higher opposition. 

This therefore has the ingredients for a classic cup tie and a potential cupset written all over it. 


Potential Tasty Ties

Depending on outcome of replays, here are some top potential ties to watch out for. 

  • Salford City/ Shrewsbury Town vs Scunthorpe United – If Salford win, Graham Alexander will face his former club for first time since his shock dismissal in March.
  • Chesterfield/ Billericay Town vs Grimsby Town – This could well be a potential cupset as Grimsby continue to struggle in League Two. 
  • Slough/Sutton vs Hartlepool/ Gillingham – If Gillingham beat Hartlepool then they have a tough away trip given their poor away record of two wins this season across all competitions, therefore a massive cupset could be in store especially if away to Slough. 




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