With 32 games in the FA Cup over today, tomorrow and Wednesday, we take a look at the ones that could involve a cup upset.
Saturday 4th January
Aston Villa v Sheffield United
11th place Aston Villa host Sheffield United who’ve only lost three of their last ten games in League One.
Villa won on New Years Day, drew on 28th December and lost the four games before that.
An upset could be caused at Villa Park whilst the Blades are in goal scoring form.
Barnsley v Coventry City
Barnsley, under new manager Danny Wilson, currently sit bottom of the Sky Bet Championship, however, Coventry are doing well in 10th position in League One after a ten point deduction.
With a high goal scoring tally for Coventry of 52 anything could happen at Oakwell.
Bournemouth v Burton
High flying League Two Burton travel to championship side, and newly promoted, Bournemouth who sit in 16th.
With Burton losing only two of their last ten games, Bournemouth could be in with a tough game.
Bristol City v Watford
Giuseppe Sannino’s side travel to struggling League One team Bristol City. No one expected City to be where they are in the league and a win could do the world of good.
A tough game is on the cards for Watford who’ve only won one of their last ten games. With a strong side, Bristol could register a good upset.
Doncaster Rovers v Stevenage United
Both these teams are in the relegation zone of their league, Doncaster sit in 22nd in the Championship and Stevenage sit bottom of League One.
Although an upset is unlikely, it is far from a definite win at the Keepmoat for a struggling South Yorkshire side.
Grimsby Town v Huddersfield Town
Sitting fourth in the Skrill Premier, Grimsby town could prove tough opposition for a Huddersfield team who’ve lost four of their last ten games.
Grimsby have only lost three games at home all season and an upset is definitely possible.
Kidderminster v Peterborough United
In the same league as Grimsby are Kidderminster who sit in 6th place with 42 points, 14 off the top spot.
Peterborough who seemed to have started the season brightly have lost their last three games in the league. Can Kidderminster cause a cup upset?
Macclesfield Town v Sheffield Wednesday
Also in the Skrill Premier are Macclesfield Town who sit mid-table in 11th. They host a Sheffield Wednesday side who’ve improved over recent weeks under the leadership of caretaker boss Stuart Gray.
Winning six of their last ten games is no mean feet and Macclesfield will be looking to cause an upset to the South Yorkshire club.
Rochdale v Leeds United
League Two play off placed team Rochdale host a Leeds side who’ve lost their last two matches in the Championship.
With a place in the fourth up for grabs for the League Two side, it’s all to play for at Spotland.
Southend United v Millwall
4th placed Southend United host relegation battlers Millwall in a game that could really boost both teams confidence.
Millwall haven’t won since early December and a win in the cup could really boost moral. However, with Southend only losing one of their last ten, it won’t be a walk in the park for the visiting side.
Wigan Athletic v MK Dons
Only last year were Wigan in the Premier League. Not only that, but a great FA Cup run lead them to actually winning the prestigious trophy at the expense of Premier League status.
Although victory is unlikely for the 11th placed Dons, it’s far from certain Wigan will walk this one.
Sunday 5th January
Sunderland v Carlisle United
Gus Poyet’s Sunderland host League One opposition in the form of Carlisle United in a game that should belong to the home side.
However, nothing is ever certain in the cup and victory could come to the underdogs.
Derby County v Chelsea
High-flying in the Championship are Derby County after they’ve won eight of their last ten games, only losing one.
A tough test awaits the London club as they travel up into the East Midlands to face a strong Derby outfit.