Luton - Millwall Preview: Hatters attempting to become the first non-league side to reach last eight in 99 years
Paul Buckle's Conference side are looking to make history at home to a Lions outfit that have lost four out of their last five games in all competitions
By Adam Mazrani
Henry, Kovacs, Richards, Taylor
Lawless, Mendy, Spiller, Howells
Smith, Shittu, Beevers, Lowry
Henry, Trotter, Abdou, Woolford
Paul Buckle may name a starting XI close to the one that stunned Premier League side Norwich in the last round, with only defender Lathaniel Rowe-Turner missing due to suspension.
The Hatters' goalscorer at Carrow Road, Scott Rendell, may have to make do with a place on the substitutes bench again.
As for Millwall, the game comes too soon for winger Chris Taylor and striker Nathan Tyson, although both should re-join training next week.
Elsewhere, Andy Keogh could come back into the side in place of on-loan Arsenal forward Benik Afobe.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Luton are attempting to become the first non-league side to reach the sixth round of the FA Cup since QPR in 1914.
- Luton's best performance in the FA Cup came in the 1959, where they were runners up to Nottingham Forest.
- This is the furthest Luton have been in the FA Cup since 1994, where they eventually were knocked out in the semi finals by Chelsea.
- By beating Norwich in Carrow Road in the last round (pictured right), Luton became the first non-league side to win away at a Premier League club Altrincham defeated Birmingham in 1986.
- Arnaud Mendy last came to public attention with a wonder-strike that almost secured Macclesfield a victory against Bolton in last year's FA Cup.
- Millwall have reached the fifth round of the FA Cup for only the second time since losing in the 2004 final to Manchester United.
- Millwall have won more games in the FA Cup (two) in 2013 than they have in the Championship (one).
- Ireland international David Forde had a brief loan spell at Luton in 2007.
- The last time these two sides met came in the 2007/08 season, when a 0-0 draw was played out at the New Den in League 1.
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Top 3 Predictions
Luton Town 1-2 Millwall
- 17.95 %
Luton Town 2-1 Millwall
- 15.39 %
Luton Town 1-0 Millwall
- 10.26 %
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The 27-year-old former Fulham trainee has had a somewhat nomadic career in the non-league after leaving Craven Cottage but has come into his own this season, emerging as a crucial part of Luton's giant-killing cup run. May not be the quickest but has the guile to find space where there doe not seem to be any as well as pick the final pass, which could prove crucial on Saturday afternoon.
It was somewhat of a surprise that Millwall managed to hold onto Trotter in the January transfer window, such has been the quality of the midfielder's performances this season. Indeed, regular Lions watchers will tell you that Trotter's form has been sensational for nearly two seasons now and if his side were to progress through to the last eight and face off against a Premier League side, then the 24-year-old could really come to wider attention.
Luton will certainly be full of confidence and will see no reason why they cannot overcome Championship opposition after defeating Norwich in the last round. Indeed, Kenny Jackett's Millwall will hardly be approaching Kenilworth Road full of confidence considering their troubles of late. However, one thing the Lions will not be is over-awed or intimidated by the opposition and after what is sure to be a difficult early period of Luton pressure, the away side should have enough to come through.
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