FA Cup preview: Millwall vs. Leicester City

MILLWALL boss Neil Harris will make late decisions on a number of players ahead of the FA Cup fifth-round meeting with Leicester City on Saturday.

Ben Thompson and Lee Gregory are doubts with hamstring and calf problems respectively, while Shaun Hutchinson returned to full training this week having missed the last six games with a calf injury.

Harris is unlikely to take any risks with players with a League One fixture at home against Chesterfield the following Tuesday and automatic promotion hopes rekindled on the back of 10 league games unbeaten.

Leicester, who have defeated Everton and Derby County after a replay to reach this stage, face Sevilla in a Champions League second-round tie four days after their visit to The Den.

That is higher on the list of priorities for Foxes boss Claudio Ranieri, as is Premier League survival, with Leicester slipping closer to the relegation zone having not won or scored a goal in the league since New Year’s Eve.

Ranieri is already without strikers Islam Slimani and Leonardo Ulloa for a game he claimed Millwall should be considered favourites for, and will make sweeping alterations to the team that lost 2-0 at Swansea in their last game.

"I make a lot of changes," Ranieri said in his pre-match press conference. “All my team is new and there will be 10 changes again. Millwall have beaten two Premier League teams. We know this and we are underdogs. If they beat Bournemouth and Watford, they are above us.

"Our target is the Premier League, that is it. Of course we play in the FA Cup and Champions League and we want to do our best, but our aim is to be safe at the end.

“The goal is the Premier League. I want to give another opportunity to the players who played against Derby for them to show how good they are.

"Believe me, I don't think about Sevilla, I think about Millwall.

Millwall record against Leicester:

Played 42

Won 16  Drawn 8  Lost 18

Form guide:

Millwall: WDWWW

Leicester: DLLLL

Probable Millwall team:

Millwall: 4-4-2: Archer; Cummings, Webster, Cooper, Craig; Wallace, Butcher, Williams, O’Brien; Onyedinma, Morison.

Match odds:

Millwall 9/5 Draw 9/4 Leicester 6/4

Image: Millwall FC 

John Kelly


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