FA CUP PREVIEW: Millwall vs. Everton

BEN Thompson and Ben Marshall are ineligible as Millwall go hunting for another Premier League FA Cup scalp on Saturday.

The pair played against each other in the third round when Portsmouth defeated Norwich 1-0 at Carrow Road.

That is likely to mean boss Neil Harris will revert to 4-4-2 after playing 4-3-3 in the 1-1 draw at Middlesbrough last weekend.



Fred Onyedinma is also cup-tied, while Tom Elliott is injured.

Shaun Ferguson should come back into the side on the left side of midfield, while Steve Morison is an option to start up front alongside Lee Gregory.

Everton rested players for their 2-1 win over Lincoln in the third round. One of those who played was Leyton Bines, who insists he won’t be intimidated at The Den.



“I have been around and played plenty of games, so the atmosphere is not something that would bother me,” Baines told Everton’s official website.

“Going away in any cup tie has the potential to be difficult and tricky, no matter where you go.

"It is not an easy place to go and we will be fully aware of that but we know we are a good side.

“We will prepare well, we have good players in the team and are more than capable of winning the game.”

“It is a step up from the previous round in terms of Millwall being a Championship side.

“But it is a game we can look forward to and it gives us the opportunity to be in the next round of the Cup, which is always exciting.”

Possible Millwall starting XI:

4-4-2: Archer; Romeo, Hutchinson, Cooper, M Wallace; J Wallace, Leonard, Williams, Ferguson; Gregory, Morison.

Match odds:

Millwall 4/1 Draw 13/5 Everton 8/13

Steve Morison scored an 85th-minute winner against Watford

Lions’ legendary 2016-17 FA Cup run

After Millwall defeated Southend and then Braintree, they faced three Premier League sides at The Den.

January 7

Third round: Millwall 3-0 Bournemouth

Millwall were ninth in League One, Bournemouth ninth in the Premier League after a draw with Arsenal. But the Lions swept their startled opponents away with goals from Steve Morison, Shaun Cummings and Shane Ferguson.

January 29

Fourth round: Millwall 1-0 Watford

Morison, Cummings and Ferguson were central to this run. Morison told the Hornets players to stop moaning as the sides went into the half-time break at 0-0. And then he walked the walk. With five minutes left Ferguson crossed, and Morison applied the finish.

February 18

Fifth round: Millwall 1-0 Leicester

The Premier League champions in front of a sell-out Den. Millwall’s chance of a major upset appeared gone after Jake Cooper’s 52nd-minute red card. But as the game entered the last minute, Lee Gregory cushioned a pass into Cummings in the box, and he sent The Den into delirium and the Foxes out.

Shaun Cummings scores the injury-time winner that knocked out Leicester City

Image: Millwall FC 

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