Good morning Bethome punters. It is FA Cup replay day tonight with clashes between teams that couldn’t be separated in the first instance. The favourites is most ties are usually the home teams given their strength and home ground advantage. Let’s take a closer look at the games.
Milton Keynes Dons Vs Stevenage
Milton Keynes Dons: League 1
Stevenage: League 2
This replay takes place after the two teams drew 0-0 in their first clash.
Milton Keynes Dons are in pretty good form after stringing together two wins on account of the 2-0 away win over Brentford in their last outing thanks to goals from Doumbe and Balanta in the 57th and 59th minutes respectively. They have climbed to 7th place on the ladder but will be without the services of forward Ibehre today.
Stevenage couldn’t capitalise on their home ground advantage against Milton Keynes Dons in the first clash and will now have to play out of their skins away to gain qualification. Nevertheless, the newcomers are in a good state given they haven’t lost in 6 matches with their last outing ending in a 1-1 share of the spoils against Shrewsbury. Plenty of changes are expected to the starting line-up tonight.
Selection:The hosts will want the victory more (1)
Peterborough United Vs StockportCounty
Peterborough: League 1
Stockport: League 2
The clubs drew 1-1 in the first clash.
We always knew that Peterborough had a leaking defence but at least until now they have made up for it by scoring plenty of goals. But they dried up in their home clash against Charlton when they suffered a heavy 1-5 loss which forced manager Gary Johnson to give his players the hairdryer treatment. They head into today’s game without significant changes.
Stockport’s youngsters managed to record an important victory and hand midfielder Turnbull the best possible gift in his 100th appearance for the club. Stockport travelled to Bury and picked up a 1-0 win thanks to a goal by Fletcher in the 15th minute. This took them out of the relegation zone into 16th place.
Selection: Peterborough θέλει να ξεσπάσει (1/Over)
Charlton Athletic Vs Barnet
Charlton: League 1
Barnet: League 2
The teams drew 0-0 in the first clash.
Charlton have been in sensational form. Last week they travelled to Peterborough in what looked like a derby game on paper but was nothing of the sort given Jackson and Martin did as they pleased and scored a brace each to hand their side a convincing 5-1 victory. It was their fourth win on the trot and lifted Charlton into second spot.
Barnet fought hard against Torquay as they came from behind to make it 1-1 in the 20th minute thanks to Byrne and there was no further scoring in the match. They remain in bottom place and have the worst defensive record in the league. They cannot afford any more slip ups in the league and the Cup tie can only be a distraction for them.
Selection: Charlton are favourites (1)
HuddersfieldTown Vs Cambridge United
Huddersfield: League 1
Cambridge United: Conference
The teams drew 0-0 in the first clash.
Huddersfield performed below expectations in their away clash against Oldham and deservedly lost 0-1. However, they still remain in 5th spot on the table and will not want to have their Cup campaign to come to an end at this early stage, particularly against a team from a lower division. Forward Novak is unavailable.
Cambridge were on course for their second away victory of the season but ended up messing things. In their clash away to Kettering they headed into the half-time interval with a two goal advantage but in the second half they came under pressure and conceded twice to settle for a point. They will struggle to provide any resistance to Huddersfield.
Selection: A win for the home side (1)
AldershotTown Vs Brentford
Aldershot: League 2
Brentford: League 1
Aldershot have been going from bad to worse as they remain four games without a win. They travelled to Macclesfield last week and ended up losing 0-2. They have fallen to 14th place in the league with 19 points, while they also have one of the worst attacking records in the league with just 14 goals to their credit. They have no absentee concerns ahead of tonight’s clash.
Brentford had their four match unbeaten run come to an end last Saturday as they couldn’t even pick up a point in their home clash against Milton Keynes Dons (0-2). But they appear to play a more free flowing game in their away matches to date and are capable of causing damage. Forward Cort is ruled out.
Selection: The most likely result is a draw (Χ)