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Chelmsford will have the chance to cause a real cup upset as the non-league Essex outfit go up against League Two outfit Macclesfield, while fellow Essex boys and League Two leaders will be hoping to carry their exceptional league form into the oldest cup competition in the world when the play hosts at Roots Hall to League One side Oldham.
Carlisle face a long round trip to the capital as they take on Chris Powell’s high flying Charlton. The south London outfit look a safe bet for promotion this season and will target a decent cup run to bolster the clubs finances ahead of what could be a successful season.
AFC Wimbledon have ruffled more than a few feathers in their time a the youngest professional side in the country, but face a tricky tie against fellow League Two outfit Barnet, although they will be confident of emerging victorious against the London outfit given their superiority over them in the league table.
Leyton Orient appear to have recovered from their woeful start to the season , but face a tricky tie at promotion hunting League Two side Gillingham, whose solid start to the season have left them comfortably in the play-off hunt.
Colchester have the advantage of a home tie against another promotion chasing outfit, Swindon, whose manager Paulo di Canio has shown already in his short spell at the County Ground has alreafy shown he doesn’t suffer defeat easily.
In the remaining ties, Shrewsbury take on Rotherham, Stourbridge go up against Stevenage, Brentford faceWrexam, and Redbridge travel to Crawley Town.
Dagenham and Redbridge v Walsall, Gateshead v Tamworth, Luton v Cheltenham, Salisbury v Grimsby and Sheffield United v Torquay complete the draw.