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Millwall vs Barnsley FA Cup 3rd Round Match Preview

January 5, 2018

Written by:

 

15:00, Saturday 6th January, The Den

 

It's the third round of the FA Cup and Millwall have been handed a less-than-glamourous home time against Barnsley.  This will be the Yorkshiremen's second trip to Bermondsey this season, after being 3-1 victors over the Lions back in September.

 

This fixture is the ninth time in the last ten FA Cup fixtures that Millwall have been drawn at home, and the South London team have been victorious in six of these games.  Barnsley's away FA Cup form also works in Millwall's favour, as the Reds have not won an away FA Cup game against a side from the top two tiers since January 2013, when they beat Hull 1-0.

 

There will obviously be changes, although Harris has hinted he will put a strong side out.  Will the Lions be successful and go on another high profile cup run, or will Barnsley be victorious and progress to the fourth round?

 

 

 

LAST TIME OUT

 

 

 

Norwich 2-1 MILWALL - Although taking the lead with a glorious strike from Steve Morison, The Lions conceded two goals at Carrow Road to ensure Millwall's poor away form continued.  Neil Harris blasted his side after a poor second half performance, and will be looking at his fringe players to come in and make a big statement.

 

Sunderland 0-1 BARNSLEY - Barnsley were away victors at the Stadium of Light, with a valuable three points that pulled them away from the Championship relegation zone.  Ethan Pinnock scored the only goal of the game in the 47th minute, and this result led to Barnsley's first league double over Sunderland since the 1986-87 season.

 

 

 

LINE-UP

 

 

 

Millwall (4-4-2): Martin; McLaughlin, Hutchinson, Cooper, Craig; Onyedinma, Tunnicliffe, Thompson, O'Brien; Elliott, Gregory;

 

Like the famous song by David Bowie, there will be Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes.  But instead of turning to face the strange, Harris will allow some of his players who

have been chomping at the bit the chance to stake a claim for a run in the side.  If fit, Elliott should come in for Morison and don't be surprised to see David Martin make his second start of the season.

 

 

Barnsley (4-3-3): Davies; McCarthy, Lindsay, Pinnock, Fryers; Williams, Potts, Moncur; Hammill, Bradshaw, Thiam;

 

Hammill will be a handful and the extra man up top will cause Millwall's back line issues, if Barnsley decide to play three up front.  Angus MacDonald is back for selection, and fellow centre-back Adam Jackson has returned to training after a serious knee injury.

 

 

 

KEY BATTLE:  SHAUN HUTCHINSON (MILLWALL) VS. TOM BRADSHAW (BARNSLEY)

 

 

 


Tom Bradshaw certainly knows where the back of Millwall's net is, with two goals in September helping Barnsley ease to three points.  Bradshaw has eleven goals this season, and it is this form that earned him a call up and a substitute appearance for Wales against Panama in November.  Hutchinson has been in great form and has arguably been our most consistent players this season, so whoever will win this battle should really decide the game.

 

 

 

TALKING POINTS

 

 

 

Will the fringe cut it?

 

After an inconsistent festive period, which showcased both fantastic performances along with Walford style tragedy and misery, this is the perfect moment for Millwall's forgotten players to step up.  All have had efforts before to re-stake a claim, but it has only really been Mahlon Romeo who has managed to grab Neil Harris and the Millwall fans' attention.  Big performances are needed from these players, or some may find their way out the door on loan somewhere else.

 

 

Barnsley hoodoo over The Lions 

 

Barnsley have become somewhat of a bogey side over the Lions over recent seasons.  Along with the victory over Millwall in September, the Tykes were also victorious in the one sided 2016 Play-Off final.  When Barnsley score against Millwall, there's a slight feeling of "here we go again", so if Millwall are to be victorious then we will need to go a couple of goals up early on.

 

 

 


PREDICTION: MILLWALL 0-0 BARNSLEY

 

 

 

Although neither manager will want this result, this game does seem like it has 0-0 all over it.  I can't see either side dedicating much to an attack, so perhaps the Millwall fans should start looking at Premier Inn's up in Yorkshire for the replay...

 

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