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FA Cup

  • 10 March 2013
  • • 14:00
  • • The Den, London
  • Referee: M. Atkinson
  • • Attendance: 14885

Millwall - Blackburn Preview: Out-of-form Championship duo aiming for Wembley

Millwall - Blackburn Preview: Out-of-form Championship duo aiming for Wembley

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Both sides have accounted for Premier League sides' eliminations in this season's competition, and will be hoping to ignite their mid-table domestic form with cup success


Dunne, Shittu, Beevers, Lowry
Abdou, Wright, Trotter
N'Guessan, Hulse, Woolford

  Blackburn Rovers
Orr, Dann, Givet, Mk Olsson
Bentley, Lowe, Jones, Pedersen

Millwall striker Benik Afobe has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a serious knee injury and has returned to parent club Arsenal for surgery.

The Lions are also without winger James Henry, who has seen his campaign curtailed by a similar problem.

Leon Best has returned to training recently after injuring his knee in pre-season and could make a surprise appearance.

Rovers boss Michael Appleton will be without Martin Olsson (eye) and Lee Williamson (ankle), while Colin Kazim-Richards and Dickson Etuhu (both knee) could be missing for the rest of the season.

Experienced midfielder Danny Murphy was omitted from Rovers' squad to face Bolton in midweek but Appleton has hinted that the 35-year-old could be recalled.

  • Millwall have already beaten Blackburn this season with goals from Chris Wood and James Henry securing a 2-0 win at Ewood Park in November.
  • The Lions have lost seven of their last nine games, dropping from seventh to 15th in the process.
  • New Zealand international Wood (pictured right) remains Millwall's top scorer this season with 11 goals, five more than next highest James Henry, despite only playing at the Den for three months and subsequently signing for Leicester.
  • Blackburn boss Michael Appleton has managed three clubs in this competition already this season. Leading Portsmouth out in the first round, Blackpool in the third and taking charge of Rovers in the fourth.
  • Morten Gamst Pedersen needs to score just two more goals to reach a century of career strikes.
  • Rovers' only away win in their last five matches on the road was in the fourth round, when they knocked Premier League Arsenal out.


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Last Five Matches
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Available Squads
1David FordeGoalkeeper
2 Alan DunneDefender
28Danny ShittuDefender
21Jack SmithMidfielder
15Mark Beevers Defender
45Shane LowryDefender
18Chris TaylorMidfielder
17Dany N'GuessanMidfielder
6Liam TrotterMidfielder
17Andy KeoghStriker
20Rob HulseStriker
1Maik TaylorGoalkeeper
67Adam SmithDefender
22Karleigh OsborneDefender
56George SavilleMidfielder
11Liam FeeneyMidfielder
26Nadjim AbdouMidfielder
32John MarquisStriker
34Jake Kean Goalkeeper
39Adam HenleyDefender
31Grant HanleyDefender
6Scott DannDefender
5David BentleyMidfielder
35Jason LoweDefender
12M. PedersenMidfielder
-Marcus OlssonMidfielder
15Joshua KingStriker
-Jordan RhodesStriker
20Leon BestStriker
1Grzegorz SandomierskiGoalkeeper
5G. GivetDefender
44Karim RekikDefender
16Bradley OrrDefender
8David DunnMidfielder
25David GoodwillieStriker
21Nuno GomesStriker
Players to Watch
Martyn Woolford
Martyn Woolford
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 7
Games Goals YC RC
1 1 1 0
The former York City man is a tricky customer on the flank and is more than capable of beating his man and delivering high-quality balls into the area. The winger also has an eye for goal and could be a more direct threat coming in from wide positions.
Jordan Rhodes
Jordan Rhodes
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 0
Games Goals YC RC
1 0 0 0
Rovers' £8 million outlay for the Scot was much derided in the summer, but he has gone a long way to proving himself worth the price-tag. Rhodes has scored almost half of Blackburn's goals in the league this term and will be crucial for ensuring they get to Wembley.
Both sides have struggled for form in the Championship recently, but the Lions have been particularly toothless in attack with the loss of several key players. Rovers' turmoil-filled campaign has seen one bright spot in the FA Cup, and their superior attacking prowess could book their place at Wembley.
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