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South Shields vs Forest Green Rovers betting tips: FA Cup First Round preview, predictions and odds


The FA Cup is famous for its regular upsets over the years

Match preview

Just six seventh-tier clubs are still in this season’s FA Cup and one of them, South Shields, are targeting a momentum upset here.

To get this far, the Mariners have already seen off Workington, Shildon, Stalybridge Celtic and Scunthorpe United, the latter a huge upset.

So, South Shields’ are looking to reach the second round for the first time since 1969, when they were ousted by QPR in round three.

Manager Kevin Phillips scored 11 FA Cup goals during his career, winning the League Cup with Birmingham.

Now, will he enjoy some more cup magic, this time from a dugout?

Visitors Forest Green Rovers enter at this stage, given that they ply their trade in League One.

Ian Burchnall’s team though are struggle in the third-tier, sat third bottom, following a 2-0 defeat at Barnsley on Saturday.

The Green Army have fallen at this stage in each of the last two seasons, beaten by Lincoln and then non-league St Albans City 12 months ago.

So, could a classic cup upset really be on the cards in Jarrow?


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Ben Gray

Ben Gray

Arsenal fan – follow them over land and sea (and Leicester); sofa Celtic supporter; a bit of a football '"encyclopedia".



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