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Preview | Millwall v Wycombe Wanderers

4 December 2015

All you need to know about Saturday's Emirates FA Cup tie

Millwall host Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday looking to extend an impressive unbeaten run at The Den to nine games - and in doing so secure a place in Monday's Emirates FA Cup Third Round draw.

The Lions are in a positive mood having won seven of their last eight games on home soil. Tuesday night's 2-1 defeat at Burton Albion was, however, The Lions' second loss in three games with a home victory against Bury (1-0) last Saturday coming four days after a 2-1 reverse at Fleetwood.

League Two side Wycombe are aiming to pull off a Cup shock and manager Gareth Ainsworth has written off his side's 3-0 midweek defeat at Bristol Rovers as a mere blip in an otherwise excellent run that had seen the Chairboys go six matches unbeaten.  

What the managers say

Neil Harris: ""We are still in three competitions, with a very busy and exciting run of games in front of us before the end of the year. It is up to us to ensure that we continue to have plenty more to look forward to.

"Wycombe, like ourselves, will be highly motivated by the prospect of progressing through to the Third Round of a great competition and what that may bring in the New Year.

"We are desperate to be in the hat for Monday night's draw and with that in mind I expect another performance of commitment and quality to give us every chance of achieving that goal."

Gareth Ainsworth
: ""We nearly beat them in the League Cup last year, and there is no reason we can't get through to the Third Round.

"It is a good tie for us with nothing to lose really as everyone will expect Millwall to turn us over Saturday. It's a nice distraction with no pressure, but I want us to go to The Den and give a good account of ourselves.

"I know what we can do and I know what the potential of the squad is. Even after the defeat at Bristol Rovers, they will be bubbly and getting everything in place for an upset at The Den."

Team news

Millwall boss Neil Harris welcomes back Byron Webster from suspension after the defender sat out Tuesday's defeat at Burton Albion serving a one-match ban following his fifth booking of the season against Bury last weekend.

However fellow centre-half Mark Beevers, who picked up a harsh injury-time yellow card in the game against Burton, will have to sit out the tie as he is now suspended for one game.

Loanees George Saville and Shane Ferguson are both ineligible to play, as the duo were against AFC Fylde in the last round, with parent clubs Wolves and Newcastle United not wishing their men to get Cup-tied.

Two Lions players could feature against a team they have both played for; Fred Onyedinma scored eight goals on loan at Wycombe last year, while goalkeeper Jordan Archer was handed his senior debut by Gareth Ainsworth during a loan spell from Tottenham in 2012. 

Meanwhile Chairboys boss Ainsworth is able to call on the services of defender Aaron Pierre after suspension, although Joe Jacobson (back) and Marcus Bean (ankle) remain unavailable through injury.

Head-to-head

Saturday's Second Round tie will be the 17th meeting between the two clubs, and as it stands The Lions hold the upper hand with seven wins to Wycombe's five in all competitions.

The most recent meeting between Millwall and The Chairboys came in August 2014 when Millwall edged a 1-0 win in the League Cup Second Round.

It was the first time that The Lions had beaten Wycombe at The Den since August 1998.

Last time we met 

Matthew Briggs, making his Millwall debut, had an eventful night as he scored the winner in his side's 1-0 success against Wycombe before being shown a red card.

Defender Briggs gave The Lions the lead midway through the opening half with a low strike, but was booked for his celebration.

That almost proved costly just before the hour when the debutant was shown a second yellow for a foul on Sido Jombati, however Millwall held on with Matt Bloomfield heading wide late on for League Two Wycombe.

Millwall: Forde, Dunne, Briggs, Abdou, Shittu, Webster, Gueye (Onyedinma, 48mins), Wright, Gregory, McDonald (Powell, 63mins), Easter (Siafa (84mins). Subs not used: O'Brien, Goodman, Marquis, Bywater.

Wycombe Wanderers: Ingram, Jombati, Jaconson, Murphy, Pierre, Mawson (Craig, 82mins), Cowan-Hall, Kretzschmar (Bloomfield, 82mins), McClure (Amadi-Holloway, 72mins), Hayes, Wood. Subs not used: Richardson, Morias, Rowe, Walker.

Tickets

Supporters can purchase tickets for Saturday's game right up until kick-off from the ticket office.

Betting

Millwall are odds-on 11/8 favourites for the game, while Wycombe Wanderers are priced at 18/5 to pick up an away victory. The draw is priced at 13/5.

For a comprehensive list of odds on the game, including first goalscorer markets, visit Sky Bet here.

Coverage

All of Saturday afternoon's action will be covered with full match commentary on Lions PlayerHD.
 
Updates from The Den will also be available by following @MillwallFC - the club's official Twitter account.

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