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Preview | Plymouth Argyle v Millwall

Posted: Tue 10 Nov 2015
Author: © Millwall FC

All you need to know about Tuesday night's game

Millwall are just three steps away from making a fourth appearance at Wembley in just seven years.

The Lions head to Plymouth Argyle on Tuesday night for the Johnstone's Paint Trophy Southern Area Quarter Final knowing that victory would book a place in the last four of the competition and provide a great opportunity of extending our incredible recent Wembley record.

Although Plymouth Argyle were on the wrong end of a surprise Emirates FA Cup exit on Saturday at the hands of Carlisle United, Derek Adams' League Two leaders have been in excellent form this season, losing just five times in 20 League and Cup games in total.

Millwall have been in decent form too, with Saturday's FA Cup home success against AFC Fylde The Lions' fifth win in seven matches in a 14-match run that has seen Neil Harris' charges beaten a paltry twice.

What the managers say

Neil Harris: "I want to get through; we're not thinking long-term about a Wembley appearance, all we're thinking about is winning the next game. That's the mentality I am trying to get into this group of players. I pick teams to win games and the team I pick I expect them to win.

"We're on a good run at the moment and I want that to continue.

"Plymouth are, however, a a really good team, I have seen them and watched them on video. They are in a tough League and are top of it by a few points, so that shows their ability.

"It's a hard game though; it's a long way to go midweek but that's the nature of the competition. Plymouth is a good place to play and I used to enjoy playing down there. It's a good footballing town so I'm looking forward to it, as are the boys."

Derek Adams: "We've had an excellent spell at the start of the season, but we need to pick ourselves up and go again.

"I have got a very good squad at this point in time. We have started the season well, the way that we have played, and we have been able to handle the small squad we have. It’s been very good. 

"We've got to try to progress to the next round of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy and we know it's going to be tough but that is what we are in the competition to do. We have got to try to win the game and get to a Semi-Final.

Team news

Lions boss Neil Harris welcomes back George Saville to his travelling squad for Tuesday night's game. The Wolves loanee was not given permission by his parent club to feature in Saturday's FA Cup tie with AFC Fylde, but is eligible to face Plymouth, having made his Millwall debut against Northampton in the JPT competition last month.

Shane Ferguson, on loan from Newcastle United, was also ineligible to face AFC Fylde and misses the trip to Home Park because he is on international duty with Northern Ireland.

Goalkeeper Jordan Archer will take his place between the sticks once again. David Forde replaced Archer last weekend for his first start since mid-September, but the stopper is away on international duty with the Republic of Ireland for their Euro 2016 Play-Off with Bosnia-Herzegovina. Teenager Harry Girling is expected to be named on the bench for The Lions as back-up keeper.

For the home side, manager Derek Adams again looks to be unable to call on the services of Hiram Boateng. The on-loan Crystal Palace midfielder was ruled out of last Saturday's game with a leg injury. Josh Simpson looks set to continue in his place.

Reuben Reid (hip) remains sidelined, so Ryan Brunt could continue to take the central striking role. Gregg Wylde's is in line for a first team recall having recovered from injury and is vying for a place on the right side of the Pilgrims' attack with Craig Tanner.  

Head to head

The two teams have met on 75 previous occasions - and there is absolutely nothing to choose between them stats-wise. The Pilgrims have won 24 matches, The Lions exactly the same amount and 27 fixtures have finished all-square.

You have to go back to 9th August 2011 to find when the sides last met, and on that occasion a Dany N'Guessan goal secured a 1-0 Carling Cup win for Millwall.

The Lions have certainly enjoyed the upper hand in the more recent of meetings, winning two and sharing the spoils in the remaining four games during which they conceded two goals and kept two clean sheets.

Coverage

Unable to make it to the game? As ever Lions PlayerHD will be bringing you full match commentary so you can keep up-to-date with all the action from Home Park. To tune in click here.

You can also follow updates via @MillwallFC, the club's official Twitter account.

Betting 

Millwall are 5/4  to win the tie with the draw at 23/10 and Plymouth at 11/5 with SkyBet. Lee Gregory, who has scored three goals in the last seven games, is 11/2 to be the first goalscorer and 80/1 to score his first hat-trick of the season. 

Find a comprehensive list of odds on the game by clicking here.