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FA Cup second round preview: Alvechurch eye another scalp

The 2022/23 FA Cup second round takes place this weekend, with all the teams involved potentially being just one victory away from a glamour tie against a Premier League opponent.

The big hitters from the Premier League and Championship will enter the draw in round three, but before then the remaining 40 teams left in the second round will battle it out across Saturday and Sunday.

With former cup winners in the draw, as well as teams from as low down as the seventh tier of English football, there is plenty of scope for an upset or two and we have picked out three potential giant killings.

Another giant killing for Alvechurch?

What: Forest Green v Alvechurch

Where: The New Lawn, Nailsworth

When: 15:00, Saturday 26th November

How to watch: BBC1 and bet365's Sports Live Streaming

Odds: Forest Green 2/5, Draw 17/4, Alvechurch 19/4

Alvechurch are the lowest-ranked side left in this season's FA Cup, but the team from the seventh tier of English football have already pulled off one huge shock in this year's competition, winning away at League One Cheltenham in round one.

The Church's reward for that success is another trip to take on third-tier opposition, this time in the form of Forest Green, who currently prop up the League One standings and were knocked out of the EFL Trophy during the week by Cheltenham.

There is certainly nothing to fear for Ian Long's part timers heading into this tie, with Forest Green having won just two of their last ten matches across all competitions.

A shock away win is priced at 19/4, but even the draw at 17/4 would be considered an upset given there are 92 places between the two sides in the pyramid and punters can cover their bases by backing the Draw or Alvechurch in the Double Chance market at 7/4.

Gills woes could hit new low

What: Dag & Red v Gillingham

Where: Victoria Road, Dagenham

When: 17:00, Saturday 26th November

Odds: Dag & Red 31/20, Draw 11/5, Gillingham 7/4

Gillingham may have knocked Premier League Brentford out of the EFL Cup at the start of the month, but that is a rare bright note in an otherwise dismal season for Neil Harris' side, who sit second bottom of League Two having scored just six goals in 19 fourth-tier matches to date this term.

The Gills also needed a replay to get past National League North outfit AFC Fylde in the first round of the FA Cup and they will now face a trip to an in-form fifth-tier side in Dag & Red.

Saturday's hosts have won four matches on the spin across all competitions and have only lost one of their previous ten.

There are also just ten places separating these two sides in the pyramid, so although this would be regarded as a cup shock, there are unlikely to be too many eyebrows raised if Dagenham do pick up the victory, which can be backed at 31/20.

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One Fleet to shock another

What: Ebbsfleet United v Fleetwood Town

Where: Stonebridge Road, Northfleet

When: 12:30, Sunday 27th November

How to watch: ITV1 and bet365's Sports Live Streaming

Odds: Ebbsfleet United 19/10, Draw 12/5, Fleetwood Town 13/10

Ebbsfleet United may be three divisions below Fleetwood Town in the pyramid, but they are riding high at the top of the National League South, losing just one league fixture all season.

That should give the Fleet plenty of confidence ahead of Sunday's tie, as should their victory over National League Halifax in round one.

Inconsistency has troubled Scott Brown's Fleetwood this season, with the Fishermen having won just two of their nine matches on the road in the league, a record that seemingly leaves them vulnerable to being on the receiving end of a cup shock.

The home win can be backed at 19/10, while it would be no surprise to see Dominic Poleon grab the winner for Ebbsfleet, as the former Leeds striker, who is 8/5 to score anytime, has netted 13 goals across all competitions so far this term.

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