One of the FA Cup's feel-good stories has been Worcester City's march to the FA Cup second round. They can go one better tonight when they knock Scunthorpe out of the competition.
The FA Cup throws up a few surprises season after season. Tonight can see another cup shock as non-league side Worcester City host Scunthorpe United in a second round replay, the Conference North side up for grabs at 4/1 to knock the League One side Scunthorpe out of the tournament.
Worcester can consider themselves lucky to be in existence, coming close to folding in 2013 when they were forced to sell their ground at St George’s Lane. They have since enjoyed something of an upturn in their fortunes however and a sellout will be expected tonight at their temporary Aggborough ground in nearby Kidderminster.
Carl Heeley’s side have enjoyed a decent run in the competition so far, knocking Coventry City out in the previous round. A second round replay was earned thanks to a 1-1 draw at Scunthorpe’s Glanford Park, this result extending their unbeaten run to fourteen matches.
Daniel Nti was the hero in the first match between the sides, scoring an equaliser after the league side had taken the lead and the star striker will be eager to add his name to the scoresheet in front of the partisan home crowd tonight, Paddy Power offering 3/1 that he scores anytime in the clash.
Worcester have suffered just one home defeat this season, proving beyond doubt that their temporary exile to Kidderminster has been no disadvantage whatsoever and the home supporters will be confident that their FA Cup exploits won’t end this evening.
Scunthorpe are enjoying a six-game unbeaten run and have been showing some signs of improvement under the guidance of Mark Robins. They were far from impressive against bottom side Crewe Alexandra however and we feel the need to back the underdogs in this encounter.
Worcester carry enough threat and will pose no end of problems to a Scunthorpe defence who have proven to be inconsistent at best throughout the season so far.
The reward for victory will be a clash with either Chesterfield or MK Dons, unglamorous perhaps but a welcome draw for the non-league side.
Our betting tips
Worcester to win – Bet365 4/1
Anytime Goalscorer, Daniel Nti – Paddy Power 3/1