FA Cup second round preview: Which games can I watch, and how can I follow the action?

Oxford United manager Michael Appleton

The prospect of a plum third round tie is just one win away for the teams left in this year's FA Cup.

It may lack the romance of the first round or the prestige of the third, but FA Cup second round weekend is of crucial importance to those teams who remain in the competition. 

Just 90 minutes separates them from the prospect of a trip to Old Trafford, Anfield or the Emirates, which increases both the anticipation and the pressure for players and fans going into this weekend. Here is the lowdown on this year's second round.

Oxford United manager Michael AppletonOxford United manager Michael Appleton

Which games can I watch live?

The action begins on Friday evening when Macclesfield Town host Oxford United at Moss Rose.

The Silkmen are mid-table in the National League but reached the fourth round as recently as 2013, while Michael Appleton's visitors are looking to emulate their excellent cup run last season which included a victory over Swansea. That match is live on BBC2 and kicks off at 7.55pm.

Oxford's Jake Wright and Liam Sercombe and Bristol Rovers' Matty Taylor in actionOxford's Jake Wright and Liam Sercombe and Bristol Rovers' Matty Taylor in action

On Sunday lunchtime, AFC Wimbledon are looking to avoid an upset at Curzon Ashton.

The Greater Manchester side have pedigree when it comes to knocking out Football League opposition - they beat Exeter City in 2008 - and having overcome a banana skin themselves against Westfields in the last round they will be hoping to continue their impressive run. That one is live on BT Sport 1 and begins at 12 noon.

AFC Wimbledon Manager Neal ArdleyAFC Wimbledon Manager Neal Ardley

Later on Sunday afternoon, BBC1 will be showing the goals as they go in from nine second round ties at 2pm. The highlights include the battle between two League One high-flyers as Sheffield United travel to Bolton and 1987 winners Coventry City's trip to Cambridge.

Rounding off the action on Monday evening, National League table toppers Lincoln City welcome League One strugglers Oldham Athletic to Sincil Bank. 

The hosts will fancy their chances of claiming a surprise win against their more highly placed opponents, and to see if they can manage it tune into BT Sport 1 at 7.45pm.

Where will the shocks be?

All of the underdogs in the three aforementioned televised matches will have hope of claiming the headlines, particularly Lincoln City. 

Elsewhere, Brackley Town have won their last four matches in the National League North and head to Blackpool full of confidence. The atmosphere at Bloomfield Road remains uneasy due to the fans' ongoing dispute with the club's owners, so the non-league visitors may be confident of at least earning a replay.

A Blackpool fan protest's against chairman Karl Oyston before the matchA Blackpool fan protests against chairman Karl Oyston before the match

Bristol Rovers were humbled by non-league opposition in last season's FA Cup and are not in great form going into their clash with Barrow. The Gas have lost three of their last four matches while their opponents have are undefeated since August and occupy a play-off spot in the National League.

Who are the real underdogs?

The lowest ranked side left in this year's competition are seventh tier Stourbridge, who play in the Northern Premier League Premier Division. 

The Glassboys host League One side Northampton Town on Sunday afternoon and will be looking to bridge the 74-place gap between the two sides.

Where can I see the full draw?

Every second round fixture is on the FA website here

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