talkSPORT’s chief football correspondent ALEX CROOK previews Tuesday’s FA Cup replay LIVE ON ITV4 – it’s HORSHAM v BARNSLEY round two …
Horsham v Barnsley
7.30pm FA Cup First Round Replay
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It seems a question of when and not if they are scrapped entirely, but try telling the likes of Horsham, Slough Town and Cray Valley Paper Mills that FA Cup replays are an unwanted inconvenience.
Horsham, who play in the seventh tier of the football pyramid, made national headlines by holding former Premier League team Barnsley to a thrilling 3-3 draw at Oakwell.
The Isthmian League part-timers will bank a precious £25,000 after tonight’s first round replay was selected to be screened live on ITV 4.
Demand to watch the game has been so high that the Sussex part-timers have had to warn fans who weren’t able to get their hands on one of around 3,000 tickets to stay at home.
Yes, FA Cup fever has well and truly hit Horsham, a town historically more famous for being a train station on the way to Gatwick Airport than for its football team.
Only once in their 142-year history have Horsham made it into the second round, where another EFL side, Sutton United, lie in wait if they can pull off a major upset.
Barnsley’s form ahead of their long trip south has been far from sparkling and the Tykes are on a three-match winless run that has seen them drop to sixth in the League One table.
Neill Collins’s men also suffered their first away defeat since April on Saturday after being thrashed 3-0 at promotion rivals Derby.
Collins admitted his side were ‘caught by surprise’ by their minnow opponents in the original tie so will be determined that history will not be repeated tonight.
History tells us that a non-league outfit’s best chance of a giant-killing is rarely in the replay so it is no surprise Barnsley are big-odds on favourites to go through.
While they are leading scorers in the third tier, the Tykes have started to leak goals so I am sweet on Barnsley to win and both teams to score at
I also think Horsham’s artificial pitch could be a little bit of a leveller, although Barnsley regularly train on a similar surface.
Midfielder Josh Benson is injured while Collins is also without Devante Cole, Jon Russell, Callum Styles and Fabio Jalo due to international call-ups.
But despite postponing their scheduled league home game with Carlisle on Saturday, Collins was determined to play this one and make amends for the first match.
With that in mind, I like the look of Barnsley -2 on the handicap at
Whatever happens, just don’t let any kill-joys tell you FA Cup replays are a waste of time.
Barnsley to win and both teams to score 7/5 1.5pts
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Barnsley -2 on the handicap 6/4 1pt
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