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Preview: Barrow v AFC Wimbledon

26 November 2020

Photo of The Progression Solicitors Stadium
The Progression Solicitors Stadium

Take a look at everything you need to know ahead of tonight's FA Cup tie with our full and in-depth preview of the action.

Barrow v AFC Wimbledon
Thursday 26th November 2020, 7.45pm
The Progression Solicitors Stadium
Emirates FA Cup First Round

In Opposition
AFC Wimbledon sit in the middle ground of the League One table as they make their belated trip to The Progression Solicitors Stadium for this evening’s FA Cup tie.

The Dons were struck by COVID-19 on the eve of the original tie meaning it had to be postponed but Glyn Hodges’ men are heading north to face Barrow tonight.

They were beaten for the first time in six outings on Tuesday night when they lost 2-1 at Gillingham so will be hoping to get back on track in the FA Cup in Cumbria.

The club has been boosted recently by their return to a new stadium at Plough Lane, though they were denied victory by a last-gasp Doncaster Rovers goal in a 2-2 draw during their only game there so far.

One To Watch
Joe Pigott has been a reliable supply of goals for AFC Wimbledon since they paid Maidstone United an undisclosed for the front man back in January 2018.

The former Charlton Athletic youngster has been in good form once more during the opening stages of 2020/21 and has already found the net six times in League One this term.

At the start of the month he wrote his name in Dons history when he became the first player to score at their new Plough Lane stadium in the 2-2 draw with Doncaster Rovers.

Head To Head
Tonight’s game will be just the fifth competitive encounter between Barrow and AFC Wimbledon, but the first since the sides last shared a division in 2010/11.

During that campaign results went with the home side, Barrow running out 2-0 winners on home turf in November 2010 before being beaten by the same score in the capital in March 2011.

Referee
Seb Stockbridge will be on the whistle for this evening’s FA Cup tie, taking charge of his first Barrow game of the new campaign.

The official has been promoted on to the EFL list of referees for 2020/21 and has been operating across League One and Two so far this term.

His most recent outing came at The Pirelli Stadium on Saturday when he saw Burton Albion beaten 3-1 by Northampton Town.

Competition Rules
First Round ties will no longer go to replays so if tonight’s game is all-square at 90 minutes then a further period of 30 minutes extra-time will be played, followed by a penalty shootout if required.

Betting
AFC Wimbledon have been installed as slight favourites to win tonight’s FA Cup tie at odds of 7/5, though The Bluebirds are only just behind at 7/4 and it’s rated 23/10 to go to extra time.

Click here now to take a look at Sky Bet’s range of odds on this evening’s action.

Live Streaming
We’re streaming Thursday’s FA Cup tie in the usual way on iFollow, with Match Passes on sale now for the price of £10.

Season Ticket holders are reminded that they will not be granted free access to cup games so will need to purchase a Match Pass to view this evening’s action.

Click here now to buy your Match Pass for tonight.

Live Commentary
We will also provide an audio commentary of Thursday’s game when we link up with BBC Radio Cumbria’s Adam Johnson and John Goodwin, who will describe all the action as it unfolds.

You can purchase an Audio Match Pass for £2.50, an Audio Monthly Pass for £4.49 or sign-up for Audio Season Pass which provides all live commentary and video news for just £45.

Click here now to subscribe to iFollow Barrow.


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