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Preview: Fleetwood Town v Hereford

1 December 2017

FA Cup action returns to Highbury for the first time this season as Fleetwood entertain EvoStik Southern Premier Division side Hereford.

It will be the first ever meeting between the two sides since Hereford’s reformation in 2015.

Fleetwood have already beaten one non-league side, Chorley to get to the second round, while Saturday’s opponents have already played five games to reach the second round.

Last time out, Town were held to a 0-0 draw against Blackpool in the Fylde Coast derby whereas Hereford progressed in the FA Trophy after a 2-1 win away at Oxford City.

The Form Guide

Fleetwood have not won in their last five league games, with their last league win coming at home to Oxford United on 28th October, but have won their last four games in cup competitions inclusive of both the FA Cup and Checkatrade Trophy.

Hereford are sitting pretty in the top five of the EvoStik Southern Premier Division, but have four games in hand over some opponents thanks to their cup exploits. The Bulls are unbeaten in their last ten games in all competitions – five of which have come in the league.

Fleetwood’s last five*: WLDLD

Hereford’s last five*: WDWWW

*all competitions

Their Run So Far

Hereford’s FA Cup adventure began back in September with an 8-0 win over Godalming Town at Edgar Street, in a game that saw their opponents play an outfield player in goal due to a red card.

AFC Kempston Rovers were then swept aside in a 4-0 away win for Peter Beadle’s side, before AFC Hornchurch were the next side to be dumped out the cup.

The 4th Qualifying round saw Hereford record their most impressive result to date as they beat National League side Eastleigh 2-1 on their own patch.

Hereford made it to the second round with a 1-0 win over National League North side AFC Telford United at home.

1st Qualifying Round: Hereford 8-0 Godalming Town

2nd Qualifying Round: AFC Kempston Rovers 0-4 Hereford

3rd Qualifying Round: Hereford 2-0 AFC Hornchurch

4th Qualifying Round: Eastleigh 1-2 Hereford

1st Round: Hereford 1-0 AFC Telford United

2nd Round: Fleetwood Town v Hereford

One To Watch

Hereford striker is leading the way in the Bulls’ scoring charts this season with 21 goals already, including seven in the FA Cup which includes the winner against Telford that put Hereford through to face the Cod Army and a hat trick in their first game against Godalming. The prolific striker previously played for Didcot Town before making the move to Edgar Street when the new Hereford club was formed in 2015.

What The Bookies Say

Fancy a bet ahead of Fleetwood Town’s game against Hereford this Saturday? See the latest odds with our EFL partner Sky Bet.

Town are the clear favourites ahead of the match, with Sky Bet pricing them at 30/100.

For Hereford to win at Highbury is priced at a healthy 17/2, while a draw can be selected at 17/4.

Fleetwood won their last FA Cup match, at Chorley, 2-1 and a repeat of this score line has odds of 15/2.

Hereford to repeat their 1-0 score line that was enough to dispose of Telford can be selected at 28/1.

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