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Millwall v Braintree Town

2 December 2016

Lions must overcome high scoring National League outfit to reach Third Round

Braintree Town will become the 196th different club Millwall have faced in competitive football when they visit The Den on Sunday (kick-off 2pm) in the Second Round of the Emirates FA Cup.

The Iron, who play their football in the Vanarama National League (formerly The Conference), demolished Eastbourne Borough 7-0 in the last round to reach this stage of the competition for the first time in their history.

Last weekend they were again involved in a goal-fest, winning 5-4 at Southport to move above their opponents in the League table, but a late postponement of their midweek fixture at Boreham Wood saw them drop back into the bottom four.

Braintree have suffered an unprecedented goalkeeping crisis this season, fielding no fewer than EIGHT different men between the sticks. More recently they have lost a series of centre backs, including former Lion Jake Goodman who misses out with a hamstring injury.

There are a number of players with Football League experience in the Braintree ranks, including former Spurs and Southampton striker Lee Barnard who scored two of the goals against Eastbourne, and keeper Sam Beasant, whose father Dave etched his name into FA Cup folklore with that penalty save in Wimbledon's victory over Liverpool in the 1988 Final.

Watch out for penalty box poacher Michael Cheek who has been The Iron's main goal threat of late. Under new boss Hakan Hayrettin their form has picked up with just two defeats in their last seven outings. There are usually plenty of goals about in Braintree games, with no fewer than 41 scored by themselves or their opponents in their last nine fixtures.

Lions boss Neil Harris has made no secret of the fact that he desperately wants to see his side in the draw for the Third Round of the FA Cup this time round after they went out to lower League opposition (Wycombe) in the Second Round last season.

Millwall will undoubtedly field a strong side for this game, with Lee Gregory hoping to be back in contention providing he comes through training unscathed in the latter part of the week. Sid Nelson is also not far away, having played 60 minutes in Monday's 2-1 U23s success against Coventry.

Alfie Pavey, who came on as a second half subsitute in last Saturday's 3-2 win at Bury, served notice that his is hungry to follow Harry Smith into the Millwall side, netting both goals in that U23 victory over the Sky Blues.

Steve Morison and Shaun Hutchinson are still sidelined, but otherwise the manager has no other injury worries going into this tie.

Arry's Bar

Due to a prior booking, Arry's Bar will be closed on Sunday, but open again on Wednesday for the Checkatrade Trophy tie with Wycombe Wanderers.


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


The Sky Bet odds for this game show Millwall at 30/100 to progress to Round Three with Braintree at 8/1 and 17/4 the draw.

Last Saturday's matchwinner Aiden O'Brien is 100/30 to score the first the first goal. Millwall to win by three or more goals 15/8 whilst Braintree are 125/1.

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

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