Blackburn - Millwall Preview: Championship pair meet again for right to face Wigan at Wembley
After a goalless draw at the New Den severely lacking in entertainment value, the lower-league duo now bid for a place in the FA Cup semi-final against Premier League opposition
By Tayler Willson
Henley, Dann, Hanley, Olsson
Bentley, Lowe, King, Pedersen
Dunne, Shittu, Beevers, Lowry
Smith, Trotter, Taylor
N'Guessan, Hulse, Keogh
Blackburn boss Michael Appleton is expected to name the same 11 that held Millwall to a goalless draw at the New Den on Saturday.
The hosts are certainly without Lee Williamson (ankle), Martin Olsson (eye). Colin Kazim-Richards and Dickson Etuhu are both out for the remainder of the season with knee injuries.
However, Appleton does have former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy to call upon should he need to after the 35-year-old was left out of the previous two matchday squads.
Millwall's top goalscoer James Henry (knee) is set to miss the remainder of the season, whilst on-loan striker Benik Afobe last week returned to his parent club Arsenal are sustaining a similar injury which also ends his campaign.
Other than this, Lions boss Kenny Jacket has a full squad to choose from but is not expected to make many adjustments.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Blackburn are one of two teams who have yet to concede a goal in the FA Cup proper this season - the other being Manchester City.
- Jordan Rhodes (pictured right) has scored 22 goals this season; however he has netted just once in his last eight appearances.
- Before Saturday's goalless draw, Rovers had won both previous FA Cup meetings with Millwall; a third-round 2-1 victory in 1978-79 and 1-0 in the fourth round in 2001-02.
- 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.
- This is Millwall's sixth appearance in the FA Cup quarter-final; they have progressed through two of the previous five, including the last one in 2003-04 against Tranmere.
- This is the first FA quarter-final not to feature a Premier League side since 2008, when West Brom beat Bristol Rovers 5-1.
- Millwall have a 100 per cent away record in this season's FA Cup.
- The Lions have already beaten Blackburn this season with goals from Chris Wood and James Henry securing a 2-0 win at Ewood Park in November.
- Millwall have lost seven of their last nine games Championship games, dropping from seventh to 15th in the process.
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Top 3 Predictions
Blackburn Rovers 2-0 Millwall
- 23.08 %
Blackburn Rovers 1-0 Millwall
- 16.24 %
Blackburn Rovers 2-1 Millwall
- 12.82 %
|England - Championship (ENG2)||14 Dec 2013||Blackburn Rovers 3 - Millwall 2|
|England - Championship (ENG2)||23 Apr 2013||Millwall 1 - Blackburn Rovers 2|
|FA Cup (FA)||13 Mar 2013||Blackburn Rovers 0 - Millwall 1|
|FA Cup (FA)||10 Mar 2013||Millwall 0 - Blackburn Rovers 0|
|England - Championship (ENG2)||24 Nov 2012||Blackburn Rovers 0 - Millwall 2|
|9 Mar 2014||Blackburn Rovers 1 - Burnley 2||ENG2|
|1 Mar 2014||Bolton Wanderers 4 - Blackburn Rovers 0||ENG2|
|22 Feb 2014||Reading 0 - Blackburn Rovers 1||ENG2|
|8 Feb 2014||Middlesbrough 0 - Blackburn Rovers 0||ENG2|
|1 Feb 2014||Blackburn Rovers 2 - Blackpool 0||ENG2|
|-||John O' Sullivan||Midfielder|
The Scandinavian winger is a handful for any full-back on his day, his trickery and pace has been known to upset many a defence. Should he get time on the ball and space to run into, he will create opportunities. The 31-year-old has seven assists and one goal in 21 appearances this season and is just two away from 100 career strikes.
The former Crewe striker has joined Millwall on loan from Premier League side QPR and has made an instant impact despite his age. In just three appearances for the Lions he has scored one and set up another and his experience will be vital in what is likely to be a high-tempo game.
If Blackburn can get the likes of Morten Gamst Pedersen, Josh Lowe and David Bentley on the ball they could simply play Millwall into the ground. Blackburn have the quality but, as shown on Saturday, it is the Lions’ physical presence that makes them so hard to break down. Appleton's side have the quality and should come out on top.
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