The Emirates FA Cup proper starts this weekend, with League One and Two clubs entering the competition.
Can one of these teams emulate Arsenal’s success last season and lift the famous trophy come May? Here are SEVEN games to watch out for this weekend:
Salford City vs Notts County, Moor Lane, Friday 6th November (7.55pm KO)
Since taking over Salford in the summer of 2014, the Class of 92 have led their side to the Northern Premier League Division 1 title last time out, and currently sit 4th place in the Premier division; the 7th tier of English football. However, they have won once at home all season.
The same can be said about Notts County’s away form; just 1 win all season.
Can Salford start off the 2015-16 Emirates FA Cup with a giant killing?
Accrington Stanley vs York City, Crown Ground, Saturday 7th November (3pm KO)
York travel across the Pennines in this all League Two affair.
Accrington are only out of the automatic promotion places on goal difference, and York are 3 points off the bottom of the table; without a win in their last 10.
Will league form count for anything in the cup?
Burton Albion vs Peterbrough United, Pirelli Stadium, Saturday 7th November (3pm KO)
After sweeping the floor in League 2 last season, Burton have started their League 1 life well, level on points with Walsall at the summit.
Peterbrough are 13th with 5 wins out of their last 10, and will be hoping to do better in the cup than last year, where they crashed out to Colchester.
Bury vs Wigan, Gigg Lane, Saturday 7th November (3pm KO)
Another all-League 1 clash takes place at Gigg Lane as Wigan make the 22 mile journey to local rivals Bury. Both are doing well in the 3rd division, taking 27 points so far.
Bury will be hoping to add momementum after last week’s 4-3 win over Blackpool, whilst Wigan want to back up a 1-0 victory over Swindon Town.
Who will win this derby clash?
Coventry City vs Northampton Town, Ricoh Arena, Saturday 7th November (3pm KO)
Just a few years ago, these two sides were sharing a ground, thanks to Coventry’s financial trouble. Now, the 1-time FA Cup winners welcome their former hosts in an appetising clash this weekend.
Both teams are going strong in their respective divisions, in 4th and 5th respectively.
Will one of these sides win the game or will we have a replay at Sixfields?
Plymouth Argyle vs Carlisle United, Home Park, Saturday 7th November (3pm KO)
Plymouth are off to a flyer at the top of League 2, with 11 wins in 16 games and 5 points clear of their nearest rivals. They have won 7 of their last 10, but meet tough competition in Carlisle. The Blues have a 50% win rate in their last 10, and sit in 8th.
Will Reuben Reid’s good form that has seen him nominated for Player of the Month continue?
Rochdale vs Swindon Town, Spotland, Saturday 7th November (3pm KO)
After both sides fought it out for promotion from League 1 last year, this season has started oh so differently. Rochdale lie 14th, with 4 draws in their last 4 games.
For Swindon, it is much worse; without a win in their last 10 and second bottom. Can new manager Martin Ling turn their fortunes around and go on a cup run?
Football League fans, what do you think? What games are you looking forward to and will your side progress to Monday night’s second round draw? Let us know in the comments box below!