Darvel FC vs Falkirk FC Match Analysis & Prediction
13/02/2023 10:45 pm
Sixth-tier Darvel FC will be looking to continue their fairytale run in the Scottish Cup when they welcome third-tier Falkirk FC to Recreation Park on Monday night.
The hosts secured their spot in the fifth round with a surprise victory over Scottish Premiership side Aberdeen, while the visitors got the better of Alloa Athletic to book their place in the last 16.
Darvel managed to beat Aberdeen 1-0, with Jordan Kirkpatrick scoring the only goal of the game midway through the first half, upsetting the seven-time winners in dramatic fashion.
After beginning their Scottish Cup campaign with an 8-0 trumping of Tynecastle, Darvel claimed a 7-1 victory over Dalbeattie Star before beating Stirling Uiversity on penalties, with a 5-2 victory over Montrose coming in the third round.
The Vale prepared for the visit of Falkirk with a comfortable 5-0 league victory over Irvine Meadow XI last weekend, producing the perfect warm-up performance for Monday’s contest.
Meanwhile, Falkirk have only had to play two matches to reach the fifth round of the Scottish Cup, beating Wick Academy 6-0 before getting the better of Alloa Athletic by a 2-1 scoreline last month.
John McGlynn’s side head into Monday’s contest on a seven-game unbeaten run across all competitions, having secured six straight wins before drawing with Alloa 1-1 in League One, and they have also lost just one of their last 12 matches.
Falkirk reached the 2014-15 Scottish Cup final, although Inverness Caledonian Thistle succeeded that season, preventing the Bairns from lifting the trophy for the first time since 1956-57.
Having last reached the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup back in 2017-18, McGlynn’s side will be hopeful of making the last eight this season, but Darvel will not go down without a fight.
Darvel FC vs. Falkirk FC Head to head
These two teams have not previously met on any occasion and this will be their first meeting in the Scottish FA Cup.
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Darvel FC Team News
Darvel made two signings during the winter transfer window, bringing in midfielder Robbie McNab from Kelty Hearts and centre-back Andy McDonald from Peterhead.
Allan MacKenzie has scored five goals in five Scottish Cup appearances for Darvel this season, while Ian McShane has bagged three goals and three assists from midfield, with Kennedy not likely to mke many changes to the side that started against Aberdeen in the previous round.
Darvel FC's Last 5 Matches
13/01/2023Kilwinning Rangers3Darvel6Regional Leagues
04/02/2023Darvel5Irvine Meadow0Regional Leagues
Falkirk FC Team News
Young goalkeeper Brian Kinnear joined Falkirk on loan from West Ham United and right-back Blaine Rowe arrived on loan from Coventry City.
Top scorer Callumn Morrison has bagged 12 goals and six assists this season, so he will support striker Rumarn Burrell, who has registered 10 goals across all competitions.
Falkirk FC's Last 5 Matches
21/01/2023Alloa Athletic1Falkirk2FA Cup
28/01/2023FC Edinburgh1Falkirk2League One
04/02/2023Kelty Hearts1Falkirk2League One
07/02/2023Alloa Athletic1Falkirk1League One
Darvel FC vs. Falkirk FC: Odds and Predictions
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