FA Cup Second Round Tips: Wrexham to star again in weekend 20/1 acca

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Wrexham are on ITVx this weekend in the FA Cup

Alan Dudman has two big priced trebles for this weekend in the FA Cup...

  • Magpies start FA Cup games on Friday night

  • Two matches previewed for ITV on Sunday

  • Alan Dudman has 14/115.00 and 20/121.00 accas

FA Cup treble (no1)

Leg 1: Notts County v Shrewsbury, Friday 1st December, 19:45: Back Notts County

It's always good to trust your gut instincts when first scanning the markets and prices, and quite why Notts County are 10/111.91 for Friday night's FA Cup second round tie is a mystery.

Shrewsbury are mid-table in League One, and perhaps there's the answer, but they've lost seven on the road, and County would handle themselves well in the third tier.

The Magpies are looking to reach the FA Cup third round for the first time since 2017-18, with this only their second appearance in the second round since then, losing 3-1 to Northampton in 2019-20, while Shrewsbury have progressed from each of their last 14 FA Cup ties against teams from a lower division since losing 3-1 to Hereford United in the first round in 2012-13.

However, the hosts have been tremendous in terms of scoring this season and already have 42. Twenty six of those have been at home which is second only to Wrexham (33). With players like Macauley Langstaff and Dan Cowley, they should have too much class here.

Hopefully the commentator who did the wrap on the EFL show last weekend doesn't call them Crowley and Longstaff.

KEY OPTA STAT: This is the first ever FA Cup meeting between Notts County and Shrewsbury Town and first in any competition since a 3-2 Shrews win in League One in February 2014, a game in which County went 2-0 up with Jack Grealish netting the opener for the Magpies.

Back Notts Co to win @ 10/111.91

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Leg 2: Blackpool v Forest Green Rovers, Saturday 2nd December, 15:00: Back Blackpool -2

It's not often I would include a 7/24.50 chance, and while any selection at that price in an acca might seem fanciful, Blackpool to cover the -2 looks a pretty interesting bet against Forest Green.

They've hit four in games against Portsmouth and Shrewsbury recently, and while they slipped up in midweek at home, they should be good for at least two goals considering their home record.

Jordan Rhodes has been in scoring form too and recently landed us a winning Anytime Goalscorer bet, and he has 11 in 17 this term.

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Blackpool haven't lost a home match in the FA Cup against a team from a lower division than them since December 2000, when they lost to Yeovil. They are unbeaten in 12 home games since (W10 D2), winning the last five in a row.

KEY OPTA STAT: Since they joined the EFL, Forest Green have been eliminated from all three of their FA Cup ties against teams from a higher division.

Back Blackpool -2 @ 7/24.50

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Leg 3: Maidstone United v Barrow, Saturday 15:00: Back Barrow

Barrow were included in the midweek column for a win, and on a night of mixed results, they were rock solid in beating Walsall 2-0, and their defence continues to impress in League Two.

Amazingly they are up to third, but the bedrock has been the "goals against" column - which is now just five in 11 games at home. Away they've conceded 11, and their xG numbers are impressive with 1.02 against and 1.37 against (home and away).

Barrow have progressed from 10 of their last 11 FA Cup ties against non-league teams (first round onwards), most recently a 4-0 win over Banbury United in November 2021 and look a sound bet for accas this weekend.

KEY OPTA STAT: Maidstone are looking to reach the FA Cup third round for the very first time. In their four previous second round ties, they have lost all four by an aggregate score of 12-3.

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FA Cup treble (no2) - all Sunday

Leg 4: Eastleigh v Reading, Sunday 3rd December 13:30: Back Eastleigh

Reading surprised me on Tuesday and suddenly found their scoring boots with a 5-1 success against Carlisle, but I don't read too much into that and Reading have fires to fight on other fronts rather than a Cup run.

I often look out for Eastleigh's results to see how Paul McCallum is doing, a player at West Ham as a youngster and a forward I saw a few times at Orient (and a tube journey to Camden Town).

McCallum is a pure goalscorer and already has 16 in 17 this term and has scored a lot of goals for Eastleigh in various spells.

He is 15/82.88 Anytime Goalscorer, which makes some appeal, but I would rather take the hosts to win to cause an upset, and this is only the second time in Reading's last 47 FA Cup ties they are facing a non-league side - they lost the other tie 2-1 away at Kidderminster Harriers in the third round in 2021-22.

KEY OPTA STAT: Eastleigh are looking to reach the FA Cup third round for only the third time in their history, also doing so in 2015-16 and 2016-17, although they beat fellow non-league opponents in the second round in both of those seasons.

Back Eastleigh @ 13/53.60

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Leg 5: Chesterfield v Leyton Orient, Sunday 3rd December 14:00: Back BTTS

Leyton Orient have lost one of their last 11 games against Chesterfield in all competitions (W6 D4), with this their first meeting since a 3-1 win in the National League in December 2018, and I toyed with the idea of an outright win bet on the visitors, but that's underrating the Chesterfield, who are flying in the fifth tier.

They sit top and have scored an astonishing amount of goals - currently 30 at home and 23 on the road with a goal difference of +25.

The O's have lost their last seven away games in the FA Cup, scoring just one goal and conceding 19 times in that run. They are, however, unbeaten in their last 23 away FA Cup games against non-league teams (W13 D10) since a 1-0 defeat to Gillingham in November 1947.

It's a short price at 8/151.53 for BTTS, but Orient hit three against Carlisle in the previous round but are out of form in the league.

KEY OPTA STAT: Since the start of the 2021-22 season, Chesterfield have progressed from more FA Cup ties against Football League opponents than any other non-league team (4), including a 1-0 win over Portsmouth in the first round.

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Leg 6: Wrexham v Yeovil Town, Sunday 3rd December 15:45: Back Wrexham -2

Wrexham continue to flourish and excite at home, yet frustrate on the road. Following a 6-0 thrashing of Morecambe on Saturday at the Racecourse, they failed to win on Tuesday with a 2-2 away. However, scoring goals has never been the problem.

The cup games seem to draw in the TV cameras and news, and Yeovil look up against it here with Wrexham at 1/41.25 for the win.

Yeovil Town have only failed to score in two of their last 23 matches in the FA Cup proper, with both of those games coming at home to Manchester United (0-2 in January 2015, 0-4 in January 2018), so there's an argument to with Over 2.5 Goals, but surely Wrexham to cover the -2 at 11/43.75 is achievable here?

KEY OPTA STAT: Wrexham reached the FA Cup fourth round last season as a National League side. They haven't reached the third round in consecutive seasons since a run of six between 1994-95 and 1999-00.

Back Wrexham -2 @ 11/43.75

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