The Emirates FA Cup tie in numbersOn Tuesday night AFC Bournemouth unleashed their firepower against a formidable Arsenal, and scared the breeches off the visiting supporters. For a while at least.
With a 3-0 lead, the south coast outfit were threatening to sail away with all three points, with the Arsenal scalp dangling from their yard arm.
Unfortunately, however, for The Cherries and their supporters, The Gunners hadn't read the battle plan and their returning fire, late in the game, levelled the scores at three apiece, robbing The Cherries of a memorable victory.
What this encounter illustrates is that AFC Bournemouth are no longer the fresh-face parvenus of the Premier League but a seasoned outfit comfortably punching above their weight at the highest level. They currently lie in ninth spot in the top flight in a season which has already seen them claim all three points from champions Leicester and second-placed Liverpool.
Could this be a hurdle too high for Millwall boss Neil Harris? Millwall are coming off the back of an almost perfect Christmas period with three wins and a draw from the four games played.
They will be going into the game in confident mood and Chopper has never been one to to let trifles such as the height of the next fence put him off his stride.
In previous encounters there is clear air between The Lions and their Emirates FA Cup opponents. Of the 78 previous meetings between the two clubs, Millwall have won 38 against 29 for The Cherries, with 11 ending in a draw.
The landscape has changed significantly in the two years since the teams last met. The tectonic plates have shifted with Bournemouth heading north to the Premier League and Millwall slipping over the horizon into Division One.
In that encounter back in December 28th 2014, The Championship was the arena but it was Bournemouth who would take home the laurels in a season which would ultimately see them clinch promotion.
Academy graduate Sid Nelson was handed his senior debut in a Millwall shirt, but it would be a baptism of fire for the youngster who would eventually find himself as a lone central defender after Shaun Williams received a red card for retaliation after being thrown to the ground by Callum Wilson.
The Cherries immediately showed their promotion credentials by taking control of the game but it took until the 32nd minute before the deadline was broken. Charlie Daniels was brought down in the box by Lee Martin and French striker Yann Kermorgant stepped up to convert the resulting penalty.
Millwall's problems were doubled just before the break when midfielder Harry Arter latched onto a through-ball from Wilson, and guided his shot into the right-hand corner of the net.
The introduction of Ricardo Fuller at the half-way mark failed to improve Millwall's fortunes, and the eventual loss of Shaun Williams in the 79th minute would be the nail in The Lions' coffin.
Millwall's team on that occasion was: Forde, Wilkinson (Fuller, 46mins), Shittu (Dunne, 67mins), Nelson, Malone, Williams, Woolford, Abdou, McDonald, Martin (Gueye, 56mins), Gregory. Subs not used: King, Beevers, Upson, Easter.
With the possibility of some giant-killing in front of their home crowd SkyBet are offering some attractive betting odds on Millwall.
The Lions are currently on 9/2 to win by 1-0, 2-0, or 2-1.
11/2 is being offered for Millwall to win by EXACTLY one goal.
Lee Gregory is 6/1 to be the first scorer, with Steve Morison at 7/1
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