19. Cambridge United v Queens Park Rangers

The nineteenth tie of the FA Cup first round is another all-WPL game, and sees Cambridge United of South East Division One host Southern Division Queens Park Rangers.

Cambridge have had an excellent start to the season and are currently top of the league with eight wins from their first ten games. Conversely QPR are yet to win a league match this season and are stuck firmly to the bottom of the Southern Division table. They have also lost to South East Division One opposition twice already this season, having been knocked out of the WPL Cup by Norwich City and the WPL Plate by Actonians.

Cambridge United began their FA Cup campaign this season with a 3-0 win over Wymondham Town in the third qualifying round, avenging a 1-0 defeat by them at the same stage last season, and followed that up with a 3-0 victory over Stevenage. QPR are making their first appearance in the competition this season. Last year they reached the third round, where they were beaten 7-1 by Bristol City (the Westcountry club’s first competitive match playing under that name after re-branding from Bristol Academy).

My prediction: Although playing in the lower division, I think Cambridge United can be considered the favourites to win this match given the form of both sides this season. I’m predicting a home win here.

The stats

Cambridge United (@CambridgeUtdWFC)

WPL, South East Division One (level 4)
League form: w8 d0 l2 gd+11 = 1st Place out of 12

2016/17 FA Cup
3Q – Cambridge United 3-0 Wymondham Town (level 6)
4Q – Cambridge United 3-0 Stevenage (4)

2015/16 FA Cup
3Q – Wymondham Town (7) 1-0 Cambridge United

Queens Park Rangers (@QPRLFC)

WPL, Southern Division (level 3)
League form: w0 d2 l8 gd-29 = 11th place out of 11

2016/17 FA Cup
Entered at first round proper

2015/16 FA Cup
2R – Chichester City (level 4) 3-4 Queens Park Rangers
3R – Bristol City (2) 7-1 Queens Park Rangers

Cambridge United v QPR, FA Cup first round, December 2016
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