Those looking for shocks in the FA Cup yesterday got their fill as League One Gillingham beat Premier League Cardiff City, while Championship side Bristol City knocked out Huddersfield Town, but it’s fair to say any sort of result for Woking against Watford today would be a shock for the ages.
Non-league Woking are second in the National League South – the sixth tier of English football – and have earned a deserved reward for a long FA Cup road, with three rounds of qualifying followed by wins over Torquay and Swindon.
Torquay are the league leaders of the National South and they had to travel to Swindon, currently 12th in League Two, so they deserve plenty of respect and Watford will not want to underestimate their opponents. Woking are on a winning run of four in a row and if there’s one thing they do, it’s score. They have seen 24 goals in their last eight games in all competitions and it’s mid August (or 27 games) for the last occasion when a side kept a clean sheet against them.
The potential absence of Max Kretzschmar, who has 12 goals in all competitions this season, is a blow but Jake Hyde has 11 goals this season and Jamar Loza also has the same amount from the wing, including 4 in the cups.
All this said, Watford ought to find a way. There’s 110 places between them on the league ladder and Watford should be eyeing up a cup run given their strong first half of the Premier League season, which sees them lying in eighth.
Those who are always looking at the Both Teams To Score markets could well note that Watford have kept just 4 clean sheets all season in the Premier League but they went and gave Tottenham a real shakeup when going down only on penalties in the Carabao Cup. That night they started with Heurelho Gomes, Marc Navarro Cecilian, Craig Cathcart, Adrian Mariappa, Adam Masina, Kiko Femenía, Ben Wilmot, Nathaniel Chalobah, Domingos Quina, Ken Sema and Isaac Successs, and it looks very likely that they will put out a similar side.
There’s little interest in asking Watford to cover a handicap here, but there could well be plenty of goals. Woking aren’t likely to lie down and the difference between Watford and the hosts should translate into goals, eventually.
Woking v Watford
FA Cup 3rd Round
14:00 BT Sport 2 / BT Sport 4K UHD
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