Fleetwood Town travel to The Hive Stadium on Remembrance Sunday to face National League Barnet in the First Round of the Emirates FA Cup, and in our match preview we have all you need to know ahead of kick-off.
Fixture: Barnet FC v Fleetwood Town
Competition: Emirates FA Cup
Date: Sunday 10 November 2019
Venue: The Hive Stadium, Camrose Avenue, London, HA8 6AG
Match officials: John Busby (Referee), Paul Yates and Graham Kane (Assistants), Matthew Lee (Fourth official)
The National League side entered this year’s competition at the Fourth Qualifying stage, and had to go through two-legs against local rivals, Potters Bar. After a 1-1 draw in the first match, the replay saw The Bees come away 3-1 winners, thanks to goals from Josh Walker, Ephron Mason-Clark and Josh Walker.
Barnet sit 10th in the National League on 28 points, with their latest result being a 2-1 victory over Chorley – goals came from Jack Taylor and Mauro Vilhete. The Bees have won 8 of their matches this season, drawing 8 and losing 6.
There are no injury concerns for manager Darren Currie, who will be looking to cause an FA Cup shock in the First Round on home soil.
Sunday will be Fleetwood’s first match in this year’s competition, and the Cod Army will be looking to reach the Third Round of the FA Cup for the third year running.
Joey Barton’s side currently sit 5th in Sky Bet League One despite last weekend’s narrow 2-1 loss away at Bolton Wanderers. The Cod Army’s home form has been one people have taken notice on, with just one defeat in nine months, but it’s on the road where results haven’t been coming.
There are no injuries to report of from the Fleetwood camp, with Barton having plenty of options at his disposal when they travel down South on Sunday afternoon.
ONE TO WATCH: JOSH WALKER
Josh Walker has been with Barnet for 18-months after signing a two-year deal with the club last summer after a successful trial period.
The 21-year-old started off his career in the youth set up at Tottenham before he joined fellow London side, Fulham – where he went on to play for the club’s Under 23s. He was a regular starter for the Cottagers during his time at Craven Cottage.
In his final year at Fulham, Walker decided to make the move to Wealdstone before then making the permanent switch to Hendon in 2017. He found himself on the scoresheet 17 times that season in the 42 appearances he mad.
This year the striker has scored six goals in 16 matches, with two of those being in the FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round against Potters Bar.
WHAT JOEY BARTON HAD TO SAY:
Joey Barton spoke to the media on Friday afternoon ahead of the game, and you can listen to the full interview on iFollow.
WHAT KYLE DEMPEY HAD TO SAY:
“The FA Cup is an opportunity for clubs, and if you can put a few wins together you will get to that Third Round and never know who you are going to get , hopefully one of the big teams.
“We know for Barnet that this is going to be a massive game. They will see it as an opportunity to take a scalp of a League One team, and it’s going to important that we execute our game plan on the day and be at 100% to get the win.”
Listen to the full interview HERE on iFollow.
TICKET & TRAVEL INFORMATION
Joey Barton’s men are heading down to the capital this weekend in the hope of getting a place in the second round draw. You can support the boys by getting your matchday ticket and coach travel today.
Ticket prices are as follows:
Adults – £20
Concessions (65+ and 17-20) - £10
Under 16s - £5
Coach travel is just £5 for Onward Card holders, with the price £23 for all other supporters.
To book either tickets or travel, please contact the ticket office on 01253 775080, or visit the club shop at Highbury Stadium.
Fleetwood Town are favourites to progress into the Second Round, and you can back that up with the 4/6 odds with our betting partners, SkyBet.
For Barnet to cause an FA Cup shock, the odds are 7/2 – with an draw 14/5.
If you think Town will win 2-0 against The Bees, the latest odds are 8/1, with a 3-1 win at 12/1.
Here are a selection of goal scorers to back to score at any time in the match:
Kyle Dempsey – 9/2
Ash Hunter – 12/5
Danny Andrew – 9/1
Lewie Coyle – 20/1
For more odds on SkyBet, click HERE. Please remember to bet and gamble responsibly.
WATCH TOWN ON iFOLLOW
Can't make the game on Sunday? Well don't worry as we have it covered just for you!
Fleetwood Town fans who are based in the UK and overseas will be able to listen to full-match commentary on iFollow. This will cost just £2.50, with our media partners BBC Radio Lancashire covering the match.
If you want to know more about iFollow, and find out ways to support the Cod Army, click HERE.