The television cameras will be at the Shay and Christie Park, hoping to capture an FA Cup first round shock but League One pair Charlton and Sheffield Wednesday are in decent enough shape to ensure that no upsets are forthcoming.
The table-topping Addicks are the highest-placed team in the competition at this stage and have won four matches in a row, scoring a whopping 15 times in the process, so their current form doesn’t exactly mark them out as vulnerable as they visit Halifax.
They’re worthy favourites then at 4/9 with Totesport, to get the better of the Blue Square North outfit, Betdaq’s 8.0 (7/1) outsiders and indeed Charlton should ultimately triumph fairly comfortably in West Yorkshire.
Betfred rate Chris Powell’s troops at an enticing 7/4 to prevail ‘to nil’ and given the rate at which they are finding the net, a 3-0 victory, available with Skybet at 10/1, isn’t out of the question.
Prolific Addicks marksman Bradley Wright-Phillips meanwhile, has found the net six times in his last four outings, to take his tally to 13 for the season and the non-league outfit will struggle to contain him.
There are subsequently no better first scorer flutters than Charlton striker, who is 15/4 (bet365) to break the deadlock and a slightly bigger 4/1 courtesy of to notch twice or more.
It might not be quite as straightforward an afternoon for Sheffield Wednesday as they take on League Two high-flyers Morecambe, but as the Owls have suffered just one defeat in their last nine while the Shrimps’ form over the same period has been a bit of mixed bag, Gary Megson’s men, at 5/4 with Sportingbet, should have the edge.
Boylesports rate the hosts at 9/4 to cause a shock and the tie is 13/5 () to require a replay, an outcome that could attract some market support given Morecambe’s home advantage but the Owls have seemingly put their travel sickness behind them, winning three of their last five on the road and they’re 10/3 courtesy of Ladbrokes to nick it by a one-goal margin.
Nevertheless, Wednesday might not have it all their own way, hence why it’s odds-on at 8/15 (Stan James) for both teams to score and Partybets post an appealing 8/1 against a 2-1 victory for Megson’s side, who Paddy Power price at 9/2 to overcome a tricky start to emerge triumphant after a drawn first half.
Top scorer Gary Madine is available again for the Owls after a suspension and if selected, the ex-Carlisle man could play a key role. He’s 5/1 via Stan James to notch first and 13/8 (Boylesports) to find the net at any time.
Double on Charlton and Sheffield Wednesday – 9/4 (Sportingbet)
Bradley Wright-Phillips to score two or more – 4/1 ()