FA Cup second round gets teams dreaming of the next phase

The FA Cup second round is the last phase to not have any Premier League teams. For some of the sides still alive in this portion, it is a game to reach those hallowed grounds that house Premier League clubs. For others, namely those in the third and fourth tier, it is a chance to advance. There are no new additions in this round. Each team in the Championship and Premier League will join in the third round.

There are at least seven teams from outside the English Football League, and there could be as many as three more if replays go in the underdog’s favor. The most notable of those is Ramsgate out of the eighth tier. Ramsgate beat National League club Woking in the previous round to advance. In the second round of the FA Cup, Ramsgate will travel to AFC Wimbledon in League Two to reach the third round.

With a win, Ramsgate could go up against a Premier League team. Not only does this do wonders for a side’s exposure, but it also boosts the finances. In the past, teams have used runs in the FA Cup to shoot up their confidence for the rest of the season. Last year, Wrexham went on a magical run as a fifth-tier side en route to winning the National League. Ramsgate is looking to do the same this year.

The second round of the FA Cup is entirely on Dec. 2. For fans in the United States, many of those games will be available on ESPN+.

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Teams from different leagues playing one another

The magic of the FA Cup often revolves around teams playing against opposition from a different league. In other words, they go up against teams they seldom meet. Big gaps in those divisions can make for some intriguing matchups. The more often they happen, the better storylines can develop.

Therefore, the second round of the 2023/24 FA Cup has some serious potential. There are only four possible games involving teams in the same division. As there are replays, the final schedule is not…

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Author : Kyle Fansler

Publish date : 2023-11-06 22:50:42

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