Millwall v Birmingham

07 January 2011 02:08
Millwall will be without striker Josh McQuoid and defender Alan Dunne for the FA Cup third round tie with Birmingham.McQuoid is cup-tied after playing for Bournemouth in round one, while Dunne serves the final match of a suspension. Paul Robinson may start in defence. [LNB]Jordon Mutch could start for Birmingham after returning to the club from a loan spell with Watford. [LNB]Midfielder Lee Bowyer misses the game as serves out the second match of a three game suspension. [LNB][LNB] Have your say on this match [LNB] BIG-MATCH FACTS The tie in context[LNB]• Millwall are one of 12 Championship clubs trying to dismiss a Premier League outfit in the third round. [LNB]Gulf in class[LNB]• The Lions are 14 places inferior to Birmingham in the league standings. [LNB][LNB] Head-to-head • These clubs have met once in eight years. They shared four goals after extra time in a fourth round League Cup tie at the New Den in November 2004, before Birmingham won on penalties. [LNB]• Prior to that they faced each other over two legs in the play-off semi-finals in May 2002. Stern John scored a 90th minute winner in the second leg in the capital, to see Birmingham through 2-1 on aggregate. They went on to beat Norwich at the Millennium Stadium to win promotion to the Premier League. [LNB] FA Cup records and best performances [LNB]• Their only previous meeting in the FA Cup was in the fifth round in February 1957, which Birmingham won 4-1 away. The Brummies went on to reach the semi-finals that year. [LNB][LNB] The clubs MILLWALL[LNB]Current form[LNB]• Unbeaten in eight. [LNB]• Won four and drawn four, since losing home to Sheffield United on 13 November. [LNB]• Won the last three at home. [LNB]FA Cup form[LNB]• The 2004 runners-up are looking for a place in the fourth round for the third time in four years. [LNB]• Lost only one of their last 10 FA Cup matches in conventional play. [LNB]• Chelsea is the last Premier League club the Lions ousted; drawing the fourth round replay 1-1 in February 1995, before winning 5-4 on penalties. [LNB]• Manager Kenny Jackett was a member of Graham Taylor's Watford Cup Final team in 1984. [LNB]BIRMINGHAM CITY[LNB]Current form[LNB]• Beat Blackpool 2-1 midweek; their first maximum in five games. [LNB]• This is the first of back-to-back cup ties. On Tuesday, they visit West Ham in the first leg of the Carling Cup semi-final. [LNB]FA Cup form[LNB]• The 1931 and 1956 losing finalists, reached the last eight last year and were third round victims in each of the two years prior to that. [LNB]• Last dismissed by a club from a lower division three seasons ago, when League One Huddersfield won the third round tie 2-1 in West Yorkshire in January 2008. [LNB]• This is their fourth consecutive away tie. [LNB][LNB] Replay date Tuesday, 18 January 2011 (Kick off: 1945 GMT) [LNB][LNB] Match officials Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire) [LNB]Assistant referees: David Richardson and Matthew McLaughlin [LNB]Fourth official: Pat Miller

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