FA Cup Preview: Millwall - Aston Villa

Chris Teale




Smith, Beevers, Shittu, Robinson
Henry, Trotter, Feeney, Taylor
Henderson, Keogh


Lowton, Clark, Bennett, Lichaj
Westwood, Bannan, Ireland, Holman
Weimann, Benteke

Millwall manager Kenny Jackett should pick a full-strength side for this one as the Lions welcome the struggling Villans to The Den.

Andy Keogh and Darius Henderson should lead the line for the home side, with both impressing in the Championship this season. Paul Robinson is in line to captain the side, having begun his career with the Lions in 2001 as a trainee.

Aston Villa is struggling with a number of injuries, although goalkeeper Shay Given (hamstring) should be fit for this game after facing Bradford City.

Richard Dunne (groin and hip) is nearing a return, although he is lacking in match fitness so is only likely to make an appearance from the substitutes' bench. Chris Herd (foot) remains out.

With Karim El Ahmadi on Africa Cup of Nations duty with Morocco and several players unavailable with various injuries, manager Paul Lambert’s squad is being tested to its limits.



  • Millwall reached the final of the FA Cup in 2004, where it lost 3-0 to Manchester United.

  • The Lions currently lie ninth in the Championship, just five points off the playoffs.

  • Millwall reserve goalkeeper, 41-year-old Maik Taylor, has experience of success in cup play having been part of the Birmingham squad that won the Capital One Cup against Arsenal in 2011.

  • This is the first time these teams will have faced each other since 1990, when Aston Villa triumphed 2-0 in the third round of the League Cup at Villa Park.

  • The Villans have won the FA Cup on seven occasions, but not since 1957, when they beat Manchester United 2-1 in the final at Wembley.

  • Villa Park has hosted more FA Cup semifinals than any other ground in England, 55.

  • Shay Given (pictured) has finished as runner-up in the FA Cup twice, as former club Newcastle lost the finals in 1998 and 1999 to Arsenal and Manchester United, respectively.