FA Cup 1st Round Predictions: Maidenhead to force an upset?

Cambridge v Sutton

Both teams have fond recent memories of the FA Cup. In 14/15, Cambridge United held Manchester United to a goalless draw at the Abbey, earning a glamourous replay at Old Trafford. Sutton United, only last season, beat Leeds in the Fourth Round to earn a tie with Arsenal, even if the occasion was marred by pie-gate. Paul Doswell has used those cup funds though to build a team capable of challenging for promotion from the National League, with summer addition Simon Walton adding experience and tenacity in midfield. Cambridge have a ball-winner themselves in Gary Deegan, who plays at the base of a diamond to incorporate two powerful strikers in Jabo Ibehre and Uche Ikpeazu. 2-1

Charlton Athletic v Truro

Reaching the First Round of the FA Cup means Truro City have already achieved their best ever performance in this competition – regardless of what happens on Sunday. They have a couple of talented, young, attacking players in River Allen and Tyler Harvey, who were perhaps unlucky not to get more of a look-in at Plymouth. Then-Argyle boss John Sheridan rarely trusted youth, whereas Karl Robinson has established himself as one of the best developers of young talent in this country. Tariqe Fosu-Henry is shining brightly this term for the Addicks, who should have the flair to break down Lee Hodges’ Tinners. 4-1

Coventry v Maidenhead

Coventry City fans will need no reminding of their 14/15 First Round exit to Worcester City. Back then, they were three divisions above their non-league visitors but this year’s opponents, Maidenhead United, could realistically be in the same league next term. In two years under Alan Devonshire, they have made impressive strides. The Magpies have gone from being seventh in the National League South to 11th in the division above as the joint-third highest scorers, thanks partly to the goals of Adrian Clifton, who netted a hat-trick at Bromley last time. Their hosts, sixth in League Two, average 2.4 points per game against teams above them this season and just 1.4PPG against those below them. Mark Robins’ conservative tactics don’t necessarily suit games his side are expected to win. 1-2