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Rochdale vs. Millwall FA Cup 4th Round Replay Match Preview

February 5, 2018

Written by:

19:45, Tuesday 6th February, Spotland Stadium

 

Many people are looking forward to a potential 5th round clash against Tottenham Hotspur at The Den, but as we know Spurs have got to beat Newport and Millwall have to go to Spotland and get a win.

 

When the ball showing Tottenham/Newport was drawn, there was a cheer.  A loud cheer not just from South Bermondsey, but also Greater Manchester.  Rochdale performed well against the Lions, and if it wasn't for a late equaliser from Ben Thompson then Millwall would've exited the cup in the Fourth Round.

 

Since the game at The Den, Millwall have drew 0-0 with high flying Derby County and won 2-0 away at Reading.  Rochdale have also had a positive result with an away win at Northampton Town, and with the lure of a potential game against Premier League opposition, they will be stiff opposition for Neil Harris' side.

 

 

 

LAST TIME OUT

 

 

 

Northampton Town 0-1 ROCHDALE:  Calvin Andrew scored what was the only goal of the game as Rochdale went to Sixfields and got the win.  The impressive Callum Camps almost took the lead in the first half for the Dale,  and they defended well and kept Northampton at bay to secure the three points.

 

 

Reading 0-2 MILLWALL: Just like buses, Millwall wait ages for an away win and two come along at once.  A dominating and inspiring performance from the Lions was rewarded with a Mahlon Romeo (not the defender's!) goal before Lee Gregory superbly found the back of the net in front of the travelling fans.  This result sparked even more belief in Millwall that we are a force to be reckoned with in the Championship.

 

 

 

LINE-UP

 

Rochdale (3-5-2):

 

Although this is a cup game and the Dale are still in deep relegation trouble at the bottom of League One, Keith Hill will play a strong side with his eyes on a home tie against Tottenham.  Rochdale caused Millwall issues in their previous meeting and he will be looking to the likes of Camps, Andrew and Henderson to cause the Lions problems.

 

 

Millwall (4-4-2):

 

Neil Harris was so impressed with the performance against Reading that he threatened to stay with the same side.  With that said, the league is the bread and butter, so he will want to rest as many first team players as he can whilst still fielding a side that is competitive.

 

 

 

KEY BATTLE: MATT DONE (ROCHDALE) VS. MAHLON ROMEO (MILLWALL)

 

 

Done impressed and was a constant threat in the fixture at The Den, scoring one and linking up well with Henderson up front.  Mahlon Romeo has been in and out of the side throughout the season, and although playing well, he hasn't secured the right back position for the Lions.  A combination of a dodgy pitch and a nippy winger could make the away trip a difficult day at the office for the Millwall full-back.

 

 

 

TALKING POINTS

 

 

Playing Conditions

 

Keith Hill had nothing but compliments about the playing surface after the earlier fixture at The Den.  On the opposite side of the coin, Rochdale's pitch is in dreadful condition, and there have been two fixture postponements this calendar year.  Neil Harris has said that his Millwall side will "just get on with it", but the pitch at the moment is not in a good state.  Could this play into Rochdale's hands?

 

 

Change of Formation?

 

Although traditionally a 4-4-2 side, there have been occasions where Millwall have changed formation mid-game, and this has been successful for Neil Harris' men.  Games like this are perfect to try new formations that you would not be able to gamble with in the Championship, so don't be surprised to see Harris pack out the midfield and try Meredith and Romeo as wing-backs.

 

 

 

PREDICTION: ROCHDALE 0-2 MILLWALL

 

 

 

The pitch may be the stuff of nightmares, and the Lions may field a weaker squad and experiment with different formations, but they will prove too much for Rochdale.  A comfortable away win is what's predicted from me.  Then it's time for Spurs at home.  Come on you Lions!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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