AFC Wimbledon v Millwall Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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AFC Wimbledon v Millwall

FA Cup: Sat, 15/02  Stadium: Kingsmeadow

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Bet365 have AFC Wimbledon at an appealing 3/1 to win in normal time, and backed by vocal home ground, the hosts will fancy their chances of getting the job done in normal time. Alternatively The Dons can be backed to win with a +1 handicap at 5/6, also with Bet365.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

AFC Wimbledon take on London rivals Millwall on Saturday, in what is likely to be a fascinating yet bruising clash for two clubs chasing a big day out at Wembley.

 

AFC Wimbledon sinking in the league, irresistible in the Cup

Saturday’s hosts currently sit rock bottom in League One, seven points adrift of safety. Tuesday’s 1-0 victory against Walsall was their first league victory of 2019, and ended a run of five successive defeats, a sequence that has seen them cut six points adrift at the bottom on the table. With just 23 goals scored in the league this season, comfortably the lowest in the division, it is no wonder The Dons are staring at the real possibility of relegation and missing out on a fourth successive season in League One.

 

Manager Wally Downes can at least take solace in their FA Cup exploits, which apart from the financial benefits, has the club dreaming of their first Wembley appearance since the infamous and original Crazy Gang won the FA Cup in 1988. Their remarkable 4-2 win over Premier League West Ham United in Round Four was one the standout results of the competition so far this season, and The Dons will be hoping for more of the same as they sit tantalisingly two games away from a semi-final at Wembley.

 

Millwall slipping into relegation trouble amongst cup exploits

The Dons’ opponents Millwall come into this tie with not much form or confidence behind them based on recent league appearances. Since winning their thrilling Round Four tie against Everton, The Lions’ have failed to score in their last three league games. With two draws and a defeat in that sequence, their winless streak has now extended to five games, and they currently sit just three points outside the relegation places.

 

Manager Neil Harris will be alarmed and disappointed in equal measure that his team have not used their Cup run as a springboard for greater league success. With just 34 goals in the league this season, Millwall are amongst the lowest scorers in the Championship, which will only add to the intrigue of this fixture with two teams struggling for form and goals coming head to head.

 

Team News

AFC Wimbledon manager Wally Downes is is likely to keep faith with the same combination that finally secured a first league victory of the 2019 at Walsall on Tuesday. He will be without Kwesi Appiah and James Hanson who are both ruled out through injury, although defender Terell Thomas is available.

 

Millwall forward Tom Elliott is a doubt to start against his former club because of illness, leaving fellow striker and leading goalscorer this season Lee Gregory to potentially lead the line alone. Manager Neil Harris will also have to do without Ben Marshall and Ben Thompson, who are both cup-tied.

 

Tense affair, Crazy Gang to shock again?

With home advantage and with no replays to concern themselves with, The Dons will feel that Millwall are there for taking. Whilst The Lions will not take their opponents lightly after West Ham’s untimely demise in the last round, the raucous home crowd may just be enough to help the League One strugglers over the line in this fierce London derby.

Bet365 have AFC Wimbledon at an appealing 3/1 to win in normal time, and backed by vocal home ground, the hosts will fancy their chances of getting the job done in normal time. Alternatively The Dons can be backed to win with a +1 handicap at 5/6, also with Bet365.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

 

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