Clips of Mickey Thomas firing that famous free-kick in Wrexham’s FA Cup third-round win over the mighty Arsenal in 1992 have been playing all week, and the Welsh club are buzzing ahead of their trip to Brighton and Hove Albion.
Andy Morrell’s men are currently leading the Conference Premier, two points ahead of second-placed Fleetwood Town, but a whopping 11 points clear of Luton in third.
Brighton, meanwhile, enjoyed a superb start to life in the Championship in the early stages of this season, but have since slid down the table and currently find themselves in 13th place.
You would imagine the three-division gap between the clubs will make Gus Poyet’s men a shoo-in to be victorious. However, this is the FA Cup, where form, stature and tiers of the football pyramid mean little to nothing.
Poyet has been quick to stress that he won’t be taking this match and his team selection lightly.
“We have a few little problems within the squad and I need to decide if I should take a few little risks or not,” the former Chelsea and Uruguay midfielder told the official Brighton website.
“Right now I’d say that I won’t take any risks.”
Albion will be missing Lewis Dunk and captain Gordon Greer through suspension, while Craig Noone, Inigo Calderon and Marcos Painter are all doubtful with injury.
Given the recent form of both sides, you would have to look at this as one of the more likely potential giant-killings of this weekend’s ties.
However, Poyet has confirmed that 20-year old defender Grant Hall will make his full debut and hinted that Romain Vincelot and Ashley Barnes, both returning from suspensions, are also likely to feature.
Brighton have lost four of their last five games, scoring just once in the whole of December. However, a big 3-0 win over leaders Southampton this past Monday could be just the tonic to give them confidence going into this potential banana skin.
The Seagulls head into the tie as favourites and can be backed at 21/50 to avoid a shock and put the non-league side away at the first time of asking.
Wrexham have not lost in the league since September 27th and are on a run of five straight league wins, with the 1-0 victory at Brentford in the FA Cup second round in between.
The Welsh side have been finding goals from many different sources this season, not least from Jake Speight, Mathias Pogba and player-manager Morrell. With this much firepower, Albion will have to keep a tight ship if they are to sail into the fourth round.
Morrell and his side are a generous 13/2 to cause an upset against the south-coast club and given the recent form of both sides, you would have to look at this as one of the more likely potential giant-killings of this weekend’s ties.
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