With Hereford looking far from convincing in League Two, and Yeovil currently propping up League One, this FA Cup first round match gives both sides the chance to shine.
While this is a winnable tie for Hereford, of immediate concern to the home side will be the lack of available goalkeepers. Welsh Under-21 keeper David Cornell has been told he cannot play by the Welsh FA due to Tuesday’s match against Armenia. On top of that Adam Bartlett and Russell Holt are both injured, and with loan options thin on the ground the Bulls could be in serious trouble. They are currently available at best odds of 9/5 (Stan James – £150 free bets), but prudence would suggest waiting to see whether a keeper can be secured before piling in.
Yeovil could be the better option at a best price 13/8 (bet365 – £200 free betting). Despite struggling in League One, manager Terry Skiverton is confident his side can turn things around and this could be the perfect opportunity.
Even if Hereford do find a keeper either on loan or from the youth ranks, the first team will have had one or two training sessions at best to develop any level of understanding. As such, uncertainty and mistakes could well materialise in the home side’s defence making over 2.5 goals look a tempting prospect at 4/5 (Boylesports).
Overall, this will be a competitive match that could swing either way depending on specific moments on the day. With this in mind, you could do worse than backing the draw outright or perhaps just the draw at half time at best odds of 6/5 (bet365). Just keep an eye on the team sheet: if Hereford have to utilise an outfield player as their keeper, pile on The Glovers before the odds are slashed.