FA Cup 2nd Round Predictions: Fortune for Fylde?

AFC Fylde v Wigan

Paul Cook only made four changes for Wigan’s 2-1 win over Crawley Town in the First Round, when Ivan Toney and Lee Evans scored. The latter impressed in last week’s 3-1 win at Rotherham and if Paul Warne described the Latics as the best team his side have faced at home, so will Dave Challinor. His AFC Fylde outfit are third in the National League form table thanks to the goals of Danny Rowe, who has bagged seven in his last five, including a brace in the 4-2 win over Kidderminster in the previous round. This is a big game for the Coasters, who are upwardly-mobile in more respects than one, but the smart money is on Wigan sailing through. 1-3

Notts County v Oxford City

Oxford City recorded the shock of the round with a 1-0 win at Colchester, despite sitting near the bottom of the National League South. Matt Paterson’s second half header gave Mark Jones’ men that victory and they have since gone four games unbeaten. Notts County played Colchester themselves last week and showed uncharacteristic naivety in pushing so many men forward in search of a second goal, allowing their visitors to counter-attack. Thankfully, Ryan Yates’ late winner meant they were unpunished but in future they cannot afford to vacate so much space in behind – no matter who the opposition. 2-1

Bradford v Plymouth

Bradford City somehow lost this fixture 1-0 a couple of weeks ago, when they hit the woodwork twice and visiting goalkeeper Remi Matthews saved a penalty in a man-of-the-match performance. This time, Plymouth are without the injured Matthews and could be onto their seventh stopper of the campaign, after Will Mannion joined on loan from Hull. Bradford should avenge the previous defeat on Saturday against Argyle, who have just dropped back to the foot of the League One table. 3-0