The FA Cup is world-renown for its tendency to churn out David versus Goliath-esque giant-killings so, with the competition set to get underway for another season this weekend, we’ve picked up some games where the favourites could fall foul of the plucky underdog.
Altrincham have knocked out more Football League opposition than any other non-league side – 16 in total – and travel to Burton in the opening round looking to end their 18-year wait to make it 17; a feat they’re 6/1 to achieve.
This lofty price does not seem to be taking into account the fact that the Brewers had won just once in seven games prior to overcoming Bradford last time out.
Lee Sinnott is a man who knows all about FA Cup success after finishing as a runner-up in the 1983/84 season with Watford, and his charges come into this game in good shape; they are unbeaten in nine of their last 11 games.
Burton are six without a loss at home, however, so the Robins will have a task on their hands if they’re to progress here, but if the League Two club don’t turn up fully focussed, Altrincham are more than capable of sending them packing.
Another game that could see a league club upstaged in the FA Cup first round is League One Leyton Orient who travel to Gloucester.
The Blue Square North side have won five of their last six in all competitions and Orient are notoriously temperamental in their performances.
They can go on a hideous run of defeats before drubbing the team at the top of the league away from home so, depending on which aspect of the Jekyll and Hyde side’s personality turns up, the hosts could be on for a famous victory.
Russell Slade’s men have lost five of their last six league games without scoring a goal, which means there are some definite problem areas that Gloucester can take advantage of and they’re 4/1 shot to win this one.
Chelmsford also have the potential to make some FA Cup waves in the Essex derby with Colchester.
They’re the shortest price of three at 3/1, yet home advantage will play a big part in any success they extract from this tie.
They have only lost once in their last eight games and sit third in the Blue Square South, while their local rivals have endured an average start to proceedings in League One and are currently languishing in 12th place.
Alike their local rivals, Colchester are also in good touch of late, winning three on the spin without conceding before drawing their last game.
This one has the makings of a great cup tie and, for this reason, Chelmsford’s chances of upsetting the applecart should not be dismissed.
All odds and markets accurate as of publication’s time and date