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Harrogate vs Skelmersdale Betting Tips, Predictions, Odds & Live Stream - Minnows bid for FA Cup First Round giantkilling

  • Harrogate host Skelmersdale in the FA Cup First Round on Friday
  • Skelmersdale are the lowest-ranked team left in the FA Cup
  • Skelmersdale play in the 9th tier of English Football in the North West Counties League Premier Division
  • Skelmersdale last played in the FA Cup first round in 1971
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Could a giantkilling be on the cards when minnows Skelmersdale visit League Two Harrogate in the first round of the FA Cup on Friday? Skelmersdale play in the ninth tier of English football and are the lowest ranked team left in the FA Cup, but can they pull off a shock?

Harrogate Form


Following promotion to League Two last season, Harrogate enter the first round having not needed to play in any FA Cup qualifiers. Now, they bid to avoid defeat to a former non-league colleague.

Simon Weaver's side sit in mid-table in League Two after an encouraging start to life in the Football League, but things have stalled in recent weeks.

A run of four straight wins over Leicester U21s in the EFL Trophy and Bradford (1-0), Barrow (1-0) and Grimsby (2-1) has been followed by a four-game winless run.

Harrogate have lost three of their last four games in going down 2-1 at Colchester and Newport and 1-0 at home to Tranmere on Tuesday night. They also played out a 0-0 draw with Stevenage during that run.

Harrogate Team News


Defender Will Smith is out for Harrogate after sustaining concussion and whiplash in an injury late in the game against Tranmere. Kevin Lokko replaced him and will deputise on Friday.

Midfielder and captain Josh Falkingham returns from suspension, while Simon Weaver could shake things up in search of a win. Connor Kirby stood in for Falkingham and may get another chance, while forwards Jon Stead and Aaron Martin could come into the attack.

Skelmersdale Form


Skelmersdale play in the North West Counties League Premier Division and are the lowest ranked team left in the FA Cup.

The non-league minnows have come through six rounds of qualifying to reach the first round, a run that started in the extra preliminary round back at the start of September.

Skelmersdale started their dream run with a 3-2 win over Penistone Church. A 2-1 win over Congleton Town in the preliminary round was followed by a 2-1 victory over Bootle in the first qualifying round.

It was another 2-1 for Paul McNally's Skem side as they saw off Lancaster City in the next round, before edging Longridge Town 1-0 to keep the dream alive. 

A comprehensive 4-1 win over Stafford Rangers in the fourth qualifying round saw Skelmersdale book a spot in the first round proper for the first time since 1971. 

Skelmersdale Team News


Doubles from Emini Adegbenro and Lloyd Ellams sealed the victory over Stafford Rangers in the fourth qualifying round and the pair will be key for Skelmersdale.

Harrogate vs Skelmersdale Head to Head


Despite Harrogate having emerged from the non-league ranks themselves last season in the Football League, the two sides have never crossed paths previously.

Harrogate vs Skelmersdale Odds


Harrogate are firm favourites at 1.16 with bet365. Skelmersdale are 15.00 outsiders to win at The Envirovent Stadium, while a draw is priced at 7.00.

Harrogate vs Skelmersdale Stats


  • Harrogate have won 7 of their last 12 home matches (all competitions).
  • Harrogate have seen BTTS Yes in 3 of their last 5 matches (League Two).
  • Skelmersdale have seen BTTS Yes in 5 of their 6 matches this season (FA Cup qualifying).
  • Skelmersdale are the lowest-ranked team left in the FA Cup.
  • Skelmersdale play in the 9th tier of English Football in the North West Counties League Premier Division.
  • Skelmersdale have won 6 matches to reach the first round of the FA Cup.
  • Skelmersdale last played in the FA Cup first round in 1971.
  • Skelmersdale are the first North West Counties Football League to reach the FA Cup first round since 1986.

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Where is Harrogate vs Skelmersdale being played?

Harrogate vs Skelmersdale is being played at The Envirovent Stadium in Harrogate, England.

When does Harrogate vs Skelmersdale kick off?

Harrogate vs Skelmersdale kicks off at 19:45 GMT on Friday 6 November 2020.

What competition are Harrogate vs Skelmersdale playing in?

Harrogate vs Skelmersdale are playing in the FA Cup First Round.

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Verdict

While Harrogate haven't been in the best run of form, the gulf in class should finally bring Skelmersdale's FA Cup run to an end.

Best Bet: BTTS Yes Both Teams To Score @-125 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Value Bet: Harrogate & BTTS Result / Both Teams To Score @125 at bet365 Sport NJ - 3 Units
Correct Score Tip: Harrogate Win 3-1 Correct Score @1000 at Borgata Sports - 1 Unit

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