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Millwall vs. Sheffield United Match Preview

January 25, 2020

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It's the FA Cup this weekend and once again, a Premier League side has been drawn to face Millwall in the fourth round of the  greatest cup competition in the world.

 

After defeating Newport County in the previous round and jumping up to 8th place since Gary Rowett's appointment, The Lions will be confident of gaining another top flight scalp.  Although Sheffield United are exceeding all expectations in their domestic league, the South London side will see this as a tough, but winnable, game.  The Blades have been a breath of fresh air in the usually blandly predictable Premier League and they too currently sit in 8th place.  A 2-1 win over AFC Fylde in the 3rd round set up Chris Wilder's side's visit to The Den and they too will be looking for fifth round progression.

 

Although no strangers to each in league competition, the two sides have only faced each on two occasions in the FA Cup, with Sheffield United being victorious in both.  Gary Rowett will be hoping that this cup losing run, which is over 100 years old, can finally be ended on Saturday afternoon.

 

 

 

Haven't we met before?...

 

Millwall 1-0 Sheffield United, Saturday 19th March 2016 – An early goal in the opening two minutes from Chris Taylor ensured the Lions the victory in this game and three points towards their promotion push.  It was a well placed cross from Steve Morison which found the head of loanee Taylor and although Billy Sharp could have levelled for The Blades, a save from Millwall 'keeper Jordan Archer kept the sheet clean and saw the South London side remain in 6th place, only six points behind second place Wigan Athletic.

 

 

TEAM NEWS

 

Millwall's midfield is currently very threadbare, with Shaun Williams suspended and Ben Thompson and Ryan Leonard both out with injury.  The Lions will also be without goalkeeper Frank Fielding and loan signing Ryan Woods, who is cup tied for this clash.  These players being unavailable could result in fans seeing a start for young Billy Mitchell alongside Jayson Molumby in midfield.  James Brown is another Milwall youngster tipped to play in this cup fixture.

 

Although Wilder will rotate his squad and give some fringe players a chance, David McGoldrick is one who will miss out with injury.  Oli McBurnie and Billy Sharp will be looking to start in this fixture after being in and out of the squad this season.

 

 

THE ONE TO WATCH -

BILLY MITCHELL

 

Although the young Millwall midfielder has only featured for a number of minutes in league games against both Stoke City and Reading, he has shone in both the EFL Cup and FA Cup against Oxford United and Newport County, respectively.  The young midfielder has bags of potential and there is an exciting future ahead of the former Millwall trainee and his control and calmness on the ball makes him appear more experienced than his age suggests.  Injuries, suspension and cup-tied players may force Gary Rowett to include Mitchell in the side, but he has been knocking on the door for game time in recent months, so this could be his time to shine.

 

 

 

 

WHO ARE YA?

 

For this week's 'Who Are Ya?', we sit down with Sam from Dem Blades Fanzine, an independent Sheffield United fanzine.  this week we ask the guys, what they have made of the draw, will the Yorkshire side put out a strong side, who Millwall need to look out for and what they think the score will be.

 

1. So it’s a trip down to South London for The Blades in this one! What did you make of the draw when it was made?

I sat on the sofa with my housemate, and we were both crossing our fingers for Millwall away - true story. I live and work in South East London, and my local is a Millwall pub, so I was hoping for home-from-home, and that's exactly what I got. (Throw in the great memories of last year's 2-3 win for the Blades too - I was chuffed with the draw.)

 2. Millwall are in great form at the moment and just a point outside the top six. Considering a place in the next round is up for grabs and you are high up the table not worrying about relegation, can you see a strong side being put out?

I think it will be a stronger side than the eleven changes Chris Wilder made last time out. I think 6 or 7 of our first team will be in the starting line-up.

3. There’s been a lot of transfer rumours for United at the moment, and in particular, Billy Sharp. Can you see the forward featuring in this game?

I'm sure Billy Sharp will play some part in the game. He started last time out against Manchester City (his second start of the season) and I am sure he'll get on the pitch, be it from the bench or from the start.

 4. Although not rivals, Millwall v Sheffield United have always been exciting games. What do the Blades’ fans think of the Lions?

Tough question. I always think of Millwall away as a great fixture to win, and a terrible fixture to lose. There's always a bit of needle and the atmosphere is usually fun, it's one of my favourites. (And, of course, I can walk back home afterwards!)

 5. Who do Millwall need to look out for?

If he's playing, John Fleck is on fire. He's made the step-up from League One to Championship to Premiership level look easy. But I have a sneaking suspicion that he will get a rest. So, others to keep an eye on would be Oli Mcburnie who is showing more and more why we paid £20 million in the summer for him, and Callum Robinson who hasn't enjoyed a blistering start but will want to show his worth if he gets a game.

 6. What do you think the score will be?

Pah. Erm. 0-3 Blades. (Gotta be confident, right?)




PREDICTION: MILLWALL 1-0 SHEFFIELD UTD

 

Sheffield United are in tremendous form and rightly are thriving in the Premier League, but securing their top flight status could lead to their downfall.  Although they will put out a side that on paper should beat Millwall, the home side always rise to the occasion in the FA Cup and will nick a 1-0 draw I think.  I predict another top tier scalp taken by 5:00pm on Saturday afternoon.

 

Come on you Lions.

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