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Preview | Oxford United v Millwall

1 February 2016

Read our guide to Tuesday's Johnstone's Paint Trophy Area Final second leg

Millwall have to overcome a two-goal deficit away to Oxford United in Tuesday night's Johnstone's Paint Trophy Area Final second leg (7.45pm).

Kemar Roofe's brace secured a 2-0 victory for The U's at The Den last month - a result which leaves Michael Appleton's side in pole position to face either Fleetwood Town or Barnsley in the overall Final at Wembley later this year.

But The Lions will go to the Kassam Stadium confident of turning the tie around having already secured away victories against Plymouth Argyle and Southend United in the earlier rounds of the competition. Neil Harris' men have been impressive on the road throughout 2015/16 so far having won seven out of 14 away matches in the League, drawing three and losing just four.

Millwall go into Tuesday's fixture unbeaten in their three games since the first leg, while Oxford have lost two out of their three, including a 3-0 Emirates FA Cup defeat to Blackburn Rovers last time out.

What the managers say

Michael Appleton: "We will go into it trying to win, and letting the game take care of itself. We are not going to change the way we play for anyone; if Millwall come up here and beat us by three goals then good luck to them because they will have had to play very, very well on the night." Read more from Appleton by clicking here.

Neil Harris: "We're in a difficult position to get back into the tie and the first goal is going to be really important, but we are certainly capable of doing it. We have scored plenty of goals on the road this year so the players can play with some freedom and enjoy themselves with a massive prize at the end of it." Find out what Harris has had to say in full by clicking here.

Team news

Appleton will be without loanee full-back George Baldock, who has returned to parent club MK Dons having played 35 times for The U's this season. Young Everton defender Jonjoe Kenny has moved to the Kassam on an initial one-month loan and looks set to fill Baldock's spot in the starting line-up.

Despite defeat to Blackburn on Saturday, Appleton looks unlikely to change his team too much with in-form forward Roofe set to start up front alongside another loan recruit in Jordan Bowery. However, former loanee Chris Maguire could start having returned to the club on a deal until the end of the season, while Wolves winger Zeli Ismail has also joined Oxford on loan ahead of the game.

Harris has no fresh injury concerns following Saturday's 1-1 draw with Crewe Alexandra at The Den, but he could be tempted to freshen up his starting line-up with the likes of Fred Onyedinma and Ben Thompson pushing for a recall. Jed Wallace looks set to start once again having extended his loan stay at The Den by another two months.

Carlos Edwards (hamstring) and Tony Craig (knee) remain sidelined.


Tuesday night's meeting will be the 51st between Oxford United and Millwall and the first ever at the Kassam Stadium.

The Lions have won 21 of the previous 50 meetings compared to 17 victories for The U's, with the remaining 12 games ending in draws.

Last month's first leg tie was one of only two games between the clubs since 2001, which was when Millwall last played Oxford away from home, winning 2-0 at the Manor Ground.


Millwall's allocation of tickets for the game quickly sold out but fans who missed out can still watch the game live with a beamback being broadcast at The Den. For more details click here.

Full match commentary will be available on Lions PlayerHD, while regular updates will be being posted via @MillwallFC, the club's official Twitter account.


Oxford are 5/4 favourites with Sky Bet to win on Tuesday night, with The Lions available at odds of 11/5.

Millwall will need to win by three goals to progress inside the 90 minutes and scores of 3-0, 4-1 and 5-2 are available at odds of 33/1, 66/1 and 250/1 respectively.

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

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