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Preview: Millwall v Barnet

11 August 2015

All you need to know ahead of tonight's Capital One Cup tie

Millwall go into Capital One Cup First Round action against Barnet tonight looking to start a run of three successive home games as they mean to go on - with a win.

Following Saturday's opening day 2-1 success at Shrewsbury Town, The Lions' first-ever match at Greenhous Meadow - Chopper's charges are determined to build on that with another victory at the expense of League Two newcomers Barnet.

Martin Allen's Bees, themselves playing in SE16 for the first time in their history, returned to the Football League this summer following their promotion from the National League (Conference).

This evening's tie will see a quartet of ex Lions - Shaun Batt, Graham Stack, Curtis Weston and Kevin Lisbie - aiming to put one over their former club, although Millwall are focused on avoiding a potential banana skin and eager to book their place in Thursday's Second Round draw.

What the managers say

Lions manager Neil Harris is looking forward to an entertaining game this evening. Speaking in his programme notes he said: "Tonight's match promises to be a real tough test for us.

"Martin's side will be organised and physical in their approach and we look forward to the challenge that presents us in a competitive London derby."

You can read Chopper's thoughts in full in the matchday programme, priced at £1.50. It also includes a free team poster.

Speaking after The Bees' 2-0 opening day defeat at Leyton Orient, manager Martin Allen told "I've just shaken all of our players by the hand, and said well done to all of them for their effort and their commitment. 

"On another day if those chances had gone in we would have won that game.

"It was a great test for us, and I thought we acquitted ourselves very well. There are no new injuries, apart from Shaun Batt who had a tight calf when he was warming up. 

“I’ll make changes to the team on Tuesday night and freshen it up."

Team news

Millwall manager Neil Harris could shuffle his playing pack tonight and give other members of his squad an opportunity to shine.

Although there were no fresh injury concerns from the weekend's game at Shrewsbury, the likes of John Marquis, Sid Nelson, Shane Ferguson and Paris Cowan-Hall could all be in contention for a starting place as The Lions aim to make it through to Round Two for the third consecutive year.

On the injury front, summer signing Joe Martin and striker Aiden O'Brien (both ankle) remain sidelined, while Jimmy Abdou is doubtful with a hamstring injury that ruled him out of the season's opener.


Tonight's match will be only the second ever meeting between Millwall and Barnet with the sides only previous encounter coming at Underhill back in September 2009 when Jake Hyde (2mins) and Ismail Yakubu (65mins) were on target in a 2-0 win for The Bees in the JPT First Round.

The teams that day were:

Barnet - Cole, Devera, Yakubu, Deen, Adomah (Jarrett, 66mins), Kamdjo, Deverdics, Hughes, O'Flynn (Charles, 79mins), Bolasie (Hart, 89mins), Hyde. 
Scorers: Hyde (2mins), Yakubu (65mins)

Millwall - Sullivan, Smith, Robinson (Laird, 37mins), Dunne, Frampton, Friend, Abdou, Martin, Fuseini (Bolder, 68mins), Alexander, Price (Grimes, 53mins)

Live coverage

Unable to make it to the game? You can still keep up-to-date with all the action as it happens by following full match commentary on Lions PlayerHD.

We will also have pre-match build-up, live updates and post-match reaction via @MillwallFC, the club's official Twitter account.


The main odds from SkyBet are as follows:

Millwall - 8/11
Draw - 14/5
Barnet - 7/2

For a more comprehensive list of odds please click here

Pre-match entertainment

The Junior Lions Sports Zone is back for the 2015/16 season and it will be open between 5.45 and 6.45pm ahead of tonight's game against Barnet at The Den.

Located in the Lions Centre, the Junior Lions Sports Zone is the perfect pre-match entertainment for young fans in the build-up to the game. Activities include the inflatable Millwall Challenge, small sided matches, other sport challenges and the chance to meet mascots Zampa and Bolina.

The Junior Lions Sports Zone is open to boys and girls aged between three and 16 and is absolutely free!

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Other information

Red, white and rose wine will now be available to purchase in the food kiosks around The Den.

Contactless card payment machines are also now located in the Dockers Stand K13, K5 (Zampa's Family Club) and K6. There is also one in K16 (North Stand) for away supporters. 

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