Kingsmeadow - FA Cup
Wimbledon host Millwall this weekend in the FA Cup with the home side's prospects looking poor as they sit bottom of League One. Neil Harris' side are hardly in strong form themselves, but will feel confident going into Saturday's tie.
The two sides haven't met in almost 15 years, with club legend Tim Cahill scoring the only goal of the game for Millwall.
Willy Downes will be hoping that Kwesi Appiah remains fit as fellow-striker James Hanson is set to miss out on Saturday. The manager may stick with the highly changed side that beat Walsall in the week, with 19-year-old Toby Sibbick pushing for yet another start.
Tom Elliot looks set to return for Millwall this weekend, and may partner Lee Gregory from the offset. Neil Harris will most likely be without Conor McLaughlin and James Meredith, leaving little options for rotation.
Wimbledon v Millwall Preview and Predictions
Both Wimbledon and Millwall managed to knock out Premier League opposition in the last round of the FA Cup, but neither have managed to push on in the league. The Dons subsequently lost to Burton and Sunderland, with the Lions fairing little better, although picking up a point at home to Rotherham.
This weekend's draw has turned out to be somewhat of a disappointment for both sets of fans, with Millwall denied the opportunity to knock-out their old rivals, West Ham. For Wimbledon, the issue was less emotional, and more economic, as drawing a Premier League opponent would have provided vital financial assistance with all-but guaranteed relegation beckoning.
The home side go into Saturday's fixture with the unenviable position as the worst side in the top three English leagues. The club, who notched their first league win in 2019 mid-week, still have a mountain to climb if they are to catch up with the pack, and will have hoped that their rousing display against the Hammers would have ignited a come-back. However, with the midfield in Downe's 4-2-3-1 struggling to get a foot on the ball against the likes of Burton, this was not to be.
Millwall are hardly faring much better, as despite being in the Championship, they remain dangerously close to the relegation zone themselves. Since putting three past Ispwich on New Year's Day, the Harris' side have looked short of goals, making their win over Everton all the more surprising.
Lee Gregory started the come-back on the day, and the forward is most likely Millwall's best chance of scoring this weekend, at 17/10 The forward hasn’t found the back of the net in the league since January 15th but will be confident coming up against a Wimbledon defence that has shipped 48 this season.
On paper this fixture should easily end in Millwall's favour with the Lions 10/11 to win, however, as the last round showed, the FA Cup is anything but predictable. And if the two sides performed as they did two weeks ago, the game may be far closer than expected.
Kwesi Appiah to score anytime at 31/10
The forward is Wimbledon's best hope of progressing and has three goals in his last five games.
Under 2.5 goals at 7/9
Neither side has been prolific of late and this match could well be decided by a single goal.