FA Cup 1st Round Predictions: Liverpool fan meets Liverpool legend

Wigan v Crawley

Wigan Athletic won the FA Cup in 2013 and seven years earlier, Harry Kewell was in the Liverpool’s final starting line-up when they defeated West Ham on penalties. His opposite number and Reds fan Paul Cook, prioritized this competition more than other cups while manager of Portsmouth and he has the luxury of depth in West Lancashire. Cook’s bench in Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Blackburn contained six outfield players that would most likely get into almost every other League One side. Life could be tough then for Crawley, who will show even less attacking ambition than they did in a draw last week at Lincoln, where they failed to score for a fourth consecutive game. 2-0

Yeovil v Southend

Southend United haven’t scored against Yeovil since October 2008, though in defence of the Shrimpers, the two clubs have only crossed paths four times in the last nine years. Their record of 20 League One goals in 16 games is not the most inspiring for a team with top six aspirations, but they have an excellent goalkeeper in Mark Oxley, who has been central to back-to-back 1-0 wins. Home stopper Artur Krysiak has also done ok since a couple of blunders in August, keeping four clean sheets in eight at Huish Park. 1-1

Newport v Walsall

Michael Flynn and Jon Whitney have both been promoted from within at their respective clubs but the former is certainly the more popular. Flynn has brought back a sense of pride and identity to Rodney Parade and has recruited well in his first summer in management. Bristol City loanee Shawn McCoulsky is in form and the forward has scored more goals in all competitions (seven) than he has started games (four). Walsall have also benefited from Premier League loanees Daniel Agyei and Tyler Roberts, who have scored seven goals between them. The Saddlers might not play the best football, but they have netted more goals in their division than many higher-budgeted sides like Blackburn and Portsmouth. 1-2