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FA Cup Saturday preview: Farnborough hope to upset Wrexham bandwagon

While the World Cup is obviously dominating the airwaves right now, the second round of the FA Cup takes place at the weekend with plenty of teams hoping to advance into round three for the chance to face one of the big boys.

40 teams have reached the second-round proper of the competition and Premier League and Championship clubs await those that can come through this weekend.

Several non-league teams are involved, including seventh-tier Alvechurch, who make the short trip to Gloucestershire to face Forest Green.

Welsh outfit Wrexham, who have been the subject of a fly-on-the-wall documentary series following the takeover of the club by Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhinney, face sixth-tier Farnborough.

All eyes on Wrexham

What: Wrexham v Farnborough

When: 15:15, Saturday 26th November

Where: Racecourse Ground

How to watch: S4C and bet365's Sports Live Streaming

Odds: Wrexham 3/10, Draw 5/1, Farnborough 13/2

A lot of money, relatively speaking, has been ploughed into the Wrexham squad as they try and get back into the EFL for the first time since suffering relegation in 2008.

Reynolds and McElhinney have captured the imagination and they sit pretty at the top of the National League having collected 46 points from 20 games, one point more than nearest rivals Notts County.

Wrexham have not reached the third round of the FA Cup since January 2015 when they were beaten by the then-Premier League outfit Stoke City 3-1.

Farnborough are the team they need to beat if they want to reach that stage again and the Hampshire side will not be fearing Wrexham, particularly as they defeated League Two opposition in Sutton United to get to this stage - with late goals from Michael Fernandes and Francis Amartey sealing a 2-0 win.

Stevenage face Norfolk test

What: King's Lynn Town v Stevenage

When: 12:45, Saturday 26th November

Where: The Walks

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

Odds: King's Lynn 5/2, Draw 12/5, Stevenage 1/1

In round one, Stevenage of League Two were pushed all the way by National League strugglers Gateshead in a 3-2 thriller in the North East.

Steve Evans' men went 2-0 up but two excellent goals saw Gateshead get back level before Luke Norris netted the winner.

The Hertfordshire side have been excellent in League Two this season and currently lie second in the table despite being tipped to struggle due to their small budget and limited options.

However, they face another potentially tricky tie in the FA Cup against King's Lynn, who are sat in the sixth tier of English football.

However, like Stevenage, they are also second in their league - two points behind Brackley Town with two games in hand in the National League North - so this will be a contest between two confident teams.

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Spireites hoping for more FA Cup magic

What: AFC Wimbledon v Chesterfield

When: 15:00, Saturday 26th November

Where: Plough Lane

Odds: AFC Wimbledon 6/4, Draw 23/10, Chesterfield 9/5

Chesterfield have played their part in the FA Cup over the past 30 years, notably getting to the semi-finals of the tournament in 1997 when they faced Middlesbrough.

A sensational 3-3 draw meant the tie had to be replayed and their brave run was only ended after a 3-0 loss at Hillsborough.

They currently ply their trade in the National League and are third in the table following a quartet of victories, meaning they will not hold any fears heading to South London to face AFC Wimbledon.

Johnnie Jackson's men were relegated from League One last season and had a slow start to the campaign, but their form has picked up and they're unbeaten in eight across all competitions.

Wednesday hope for cup run

What: Sheffield Wednesday v Mansfield

When: 15:00, Saturday 26th November

Where: Hillsborough

Odds: Sheffield Wednesday 9/20, draw 10/3, Mansfield 6/1

Sheffield Wednesday are going well in League One this season with 40 points from 19 games, as Darren Moore's men sit behind Plymouth and Ipswich at the top of the table.

They got the better of fellow League One outfit Morecambe 2-0 in round one and will be expected to beat League Two Mansfield, who make the short trip up the M1 to Hillsborough.

Nigel Clough's Stags reached last season's League Two play-off final and are challenging for the top seven once more, although one win in six has left them eighth in the table.

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