Guiseley v Fleetwood Town Tips & Predictions – Monday 3rd December 2018

Last season, for the first time in their history, Yorkshire outfit Guiseley made it to the second round of the FA Cup. They’ve repeated the feat again this year and will hope to go one step further, putting them into the third round draw alongside all the Premier League big hitters plus local rivals Leeds United of the Championship.

Fleetwood manager Joey Barton has settled in reasonably well during his first managerial job, guiding his side to a spot in the middle of the League One table. The former Manchester City midfielder will be looking for a good cup run on top of this with his men having gone as far as the third round for two seasons running.

Top Tips

Fleetwood to win @ 4/7

Both teams to score @ 19/20

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Guiseley News: Lions heading towards drop zone

Guiseley FC's Nethermoor Park Football Stadium
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Failure to win any of their last five National League North matches has seen Guiseley edge closer to the drop zone. The Yorkshire club were relegated from the National League last season, finishing rock bottom, so another dogfight is something they could do without and equally not something they would have envisaged.

Their failure to turns draws into victories has been their biggest issue this season. A 1-1 stalemate with Lancaster City a fortnight ago was their eighth draw of the campaign, the joint highest in the league. They were also unable to get the better of Lancaster Town last weekend in the FA Trophy despite the lower division status of their opponents.

Fleetwood News: Eastman problem only a minor one

Fleetwood Town's Highbury Stadium

An unusual issue saw Fleetwood’s Ash Eastman last just six minutes of the second half against Coventry midweek. The centre back, who usually operates a no-caffeine diet, accidentally took a caffeinated drink at half time. His stomach, unfamiliar with such a stimulant, reacted poorly to it, making the 27-year-old feel ill almost immediately. There are no long lasting side effects however so manager Barton is expecting his regularly selected defender to be fully over his upset stomach by Monday. What a brave trooper he is to play through a bit of caffeine!

Analysis: Fleetwood not underestimating their opponents

Joey Barton may be new to the managerial scene but he's taken no time become aware of the dangers of overconfidence. Speaking ahead of Monday’s game, the Fleetwood boss said he would be preparing for the match as though he was facing Manchester United. He noted how complacency has been the downfall of many bigger clubs during the history of the FA Cup and how he’s desperate not to be in charge of one of them. The right attitude is no guarantee of a good result of course but it’s something that will aid Fleetwood’s chances here.

No upset to be found here

In the run up to this match, 76 places separated these sides on the footballing ladder. It’s the sort of gulf that has been overcome before in this competition but not very often. With Barton and his men approaching this game in the right frame of mind, this fixture should not end up being a banana skin for them. Away from home they’ve struggled in League One but they despatched Alfreton Town with ease in the last round of the cup as their superior quality shone through. This game won’t be as straightforward for the Fishermen but they should still be backed to get the win (4/7) in the bag at the first time of asking at Nethermoor Park.

Guiseley to give fans something to celebrate

The visitors managed to find the net with four of their nine shots against Alfreton Town during a quite clinical display. Although they are unlikely to be so deadly this time, you’d fancy a strong Fleetwood line-up to grab themselves a couple. Guiseley were involved in a 4-3 thriller against League Two outfit Cambridge United during their last FA Cup involvement. The Lions were absolutely cruising at 4-0 but then defensive frailties emerged as the visitors threatened to pull off a dramatic comeback. All three of their FA Cup matches this season have seen both teams score and it’s something well worth backing to strike again at very nice looking odds of 19/20.

Recent Matches

These two sides last met when both plying their trade in Northern Premier League, Premier Division, the seventh tier of English football. During their last season together, Fleetwood secured automatic promotion to the Conference North while Guiseley missed out on the chance of joining them via the play-offs by just one point. Fleetwood’s rise since then has been nothing short of incredible as the Fisherman have now established themselves as a solid League One team and have aspirations of going even higher.

  • 29th March 2008: Fleetwood Town 2 – 2 Guiseley
  • 1st December 2007: Guiseley 0 – 2 Fleetwood Town
  • 26th January 2007: Fleetwood Town 1 – 2 Guiseley

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