Well as it’s nearly Christmas I’m getting into the spirit of things, yes this weekend is FA Cup 3rd Round Eve – but technically it’s known as the FA Cup 2nd Round. Speaking of Christmas though, some teams will be looking to get through this round at the weekend and then hopefully their present for doing so will to play a Premier League team.
A few teams will already be contemplating this and possibly think that the team they’re playing shouldn’t be a problem and that they’re already through to the next round. That is where it can all go wrong for them and we’ve seen it many times over the years and this weekend will be no different. There will be upsets, shocks and results that you will not expect to see. That is the pure beauty of this great old competition.
Have a look further down for all the fixtures this weekend, if any take your fancy and you think there is going to be a giant killing why not check out the English FA Cup betting odds at William Hill. There are always upsets remember. I’ve had a quick glance myself, but obviously these are my thoughts only, but possible upsets on Sunday could be: Curzon Ashton beating Wimbledon, Stourbridge beating Northampton Town and maybe Cambridge United beating Coventry City? We can only wait and see.
It shouldn’t all be about that though, other teams will also be looking to maybe play a team just one league above them in the hope that they can cause an upset and actually keep their FA Cup run going. For most non-league teams though, they know they’re not going to win it so if they’re going to get knocked out, the sooner they play a big Premier League away from home the better. Or even at their home ground with the chance of the television cameras coming to town and the benefits of more money that will be received.
The FA and the BBC seemed to have enjoyed doing their Friday night FA Cup ties over the past couple of seasons and this weekend is no different. With Macclesfield Town against Oxford United live on BBC2 tonight with a 7.55pm kick off. That is where I’ll be heading to tonight as well. Myself and two friends have our match tickets booked, one of the lads should be picking them up this morning and then we’re aiming to meet at Macclesfield train station at around 5.30pm. I’d like to get out earlier but with work to do and the kids to pick up from school at 3.30pm, this is the earliest I can realistically get there. There’ll be time for a couple of pre-match beers in a pub I’m sure and then onto the ground to soak up the atmosphere and hopefully enjoy a great match.
This is going to be my eighth FA Cup tie of this season having been to all the previous rounds so far and thankfully all not far from the Greater Manchester area where I live. You can check out all my previous games and match day reports right here in fact: My FA #CupStory 2016/17
Friday 2 December 2016 – 7.55pm KO
Macclesfield Town VS Oxford United Live on BBC 2
Saturday 3 December 2016 – all 3pm KO’s
Chesterfield VS Wycombe Wanderers
Blackpool VS Brackley Town
Luton Town VS Solihull Moors
Sutton United VS Cheltenham Town
Shrewsbury Town VS Fleetwood Town
Charlton Athletic VS Milton Keynes Dons
Plymouth Argyle VS Newport County AFC
Carlisle United VS Rochdale AFC
Sunday 4 December 2016 – all 2pm KO’s unless stated
Curzon Ashton VS AFC Wimbledon Live on BT Sport 1 @ 12pm
Millwall VS Braintree Town
Bolton Wanderers VS Sheffield United
Stourbridge VS Northampton Town
Notts County VS Peterborough United
Cambridge United VS Coventry City
Bristol Rovers VS Barrow AFC
Woking VS Accrington Stanley
Eastleigh VS FC Halifax Town
Port Vale VS Hartlepool United @ 3pm
Monday 5 December 2016 – 7.45pm KO
Lincoln City VS Oldham Athletic Live on BT Sport 1
Enjoy your weekend of FA Cup football action and remember, if you have nothing on and you want to get out of Christmas shopping. Then take another look at the FA Cup fixtures above and see if any game is close to you? If so, jump in your car, hop on a train and maybe 30 minutes to an hour later, you’ll be having a pie and a pint and ready to watch some live FA Cup 2nd Round action. #EmiratesFACup #FACup #CupStory #UpForTheCup