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Preview: Bradford City v Millwall

14 January 2015

All you need to know about Wednesday's Cup replay

Ian Holloway's Millwall side will look to revamp their season with a morale-boosting FA Cup Third Round replay at Bradford City on Wednesday night (7.45pm).

The Lions, who have picked up one win in their last 12, know they face a tough test against a Bantams side that look set to be supported by a bumper crowd of over 10,000 at the Coral Windows Stadium. Bradford suffered their first defeat in 10 games at the weekend, going down 2-1 against Rochdale.

The winner of Wednesday night's tie will face the prospect of a trip to Premier League leaders Chelsea in the Fourth Round on Saturday 24th January (1pm).

What the managers say

Ian Holloway: "It's about gaining some confidence, some self-esteem, working as a group, working hard for each other and coming out on top. It has been a long time since we have done that and we have got to get back to those habits.

"The group need to stay strong, stay together and make better choices. Some of the things that we created last weekend - every one of them was rushed. There were combinations that if we were calm and doing well, they would have come off."

Phil Parkinson, speaking after 10-man Bradford's defeat at Rochdale: "We kept as positive as we could in terms of shape, staying at 4-3-2. The fitness of the players was outstanding, the performance was great, but it's just a crushing blow losing in the manner we did.

"We have to ensure this defeat does not affect us because we have played so well. It won't knock us and we will come out fighting on Wednesday night. That was probably as well as we have played with 10 men in games that we have won."

Team news

Bradford boss Phil Parkinson hopes to be able to call on at least one from Andrew Davies, Matthew Dolan and Billy Clarke for Wednesday night's replay.

Centre-half Davies has been sidelined for the Bantams' last two games with a hamstring injury, Dolan has just returned to training following a hamstring strain whilst striker Clarke has been forced to sit out four matches with a knee problem. The trio will both be assessed again prior to Parkinson finalising his starting XI.

One player definitely missing for Bradford is loanee goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, who was sent off during Saturday's defeat by Rochdale. Pickford would have been unavailable to face Millwall anyway as parent club Sunderland would not give permission for him to play in FA Cup ties. However the FA have stated that he can serve his one match ban on Wednesday night, and is thus available for City's League One match at Yeovil this weekend.

Ben Williams is the most likely replacement between the sticks whilst young apprentice winger Dylan Mottley-Henry, who was on the City bench in the original Third Round tie at The Den, twisted his ankle in training on Monday and looks likely to miss out.

For Millwall, manager Ian Holloway will shuffle his playing pack once more. Right-back Andy Wilkinson is ineligible to play in the Cup at the request of parent club Stoke City, as is new signing Paris Cowan-Hall, who would be sidelined anyway with a calf injury sustained in training last week. Dan Harding, Stefan Maierhofer and latest recruit Shaun Cummings are also unavailable as only those players registered to play in the first game are able to feature in the replay. Should Millwall beat Bradford, Harding, Maierhofer and Cummings would all be available to face Chelsea in Round Four.

Midfielder Shaun Williams serves the third game of his four-match suspension following his red card against AFC Bournemouth on 28th December, so Lions boss Ollie could again include a number of Academy graduates in his squad including Sid Nelson, Aiden O'Brien and Jack Powell. Teenage defender Nelson played for Millwall at Valley Parade last season in the FA Youth Cup, helping The Lions to a 3-0 victory, although he was dismissed late on in that game.

Head-to-head

Wednesday night's FA Cup Third Round Replay at Bradford City marks the fifth meeting between Millwall and Bradford City in the FA Cup - and The Lions have yet to taste defeat at the hands of the Bantams. The first ever FA Cup tie featuring Millwall and Bradford came way back in January 1914 when a goal from Wally Davis secured a 1-0 win for The Lions.

The remaining FA Cup clashes have come in more recent times including during the 2006/7 campaign when, following a 0-0 draw at Valley Parade, Millwall edged to a 1-0 replay win at The Den courtesy of Nathan Doyle's 114th-minute own goal. The teams' last outing came just 11 days ago on Saturday 3rd January when Ricardo Fuller (2) and Scott McDonald were on target as The Lions shared six goals in a 3-3 thriller with the Bantams at The Den.

Overall the teams have met on 38 occasions and Millwall are ahead stats-wise, with 16 victories to Bradford's eight, and the remaining 14 fixtures finishing all-square.

Betting

For a comprehensive list of odds on the game, visit Sky Bet.

Coverage

Unable to make it to the Coral Windows Stadium? On this occasion Lions Player will be bringing you full match commentary courtesy of our friends at BBC London from 7.40pm.

You can also keep up-to-date with all the action via @MillwallFC, the club's official Twitter account. Have your say before, during and after the game by tagging your tweets with #BCAFCvMFC, tomorrow evening's match-specific hashtag.

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