After our encounter with Arsenal on Tuesday night in the Premier League, AFCB start their first game of this season in the third round of the FA Cup away to League One side Millwall.
Millwall itself, is actually on the Isle of Dogs the other side of the Thames from where they now play at New Cross. At one time there were seven windmills on the Island, it is now home to Canary Wharf. There have been various theories as to why it is called the Isle of Dogs, but it seems the actual answer hasn`t been found. From the Isle of Dogs there is a foot tunnel under the Thames to Greenwich (my parents` neck of the woods).
Going back amongst their fan base were the local dockers, remember being at the Brighton Beach End as the Millwall fans at Dean Court, no segregation, it was the norm back then at football grounds, the Millwall fans really got behind their side and were noisy.
The Lions played their last game at the Old Den in May 1993 which had been their home since 1910. They moved the short distance into their new 20,000 all seater stadium for the start of the 1993-94 season, their home of today and originally called the New Den, however it`s back to being called the Den and no longer “New”!
The Lions are in 9th place in the league and 2 points off a play-off spot. Millwall have reached this round of the cup by beating both Southend and Braintree Town at the Den. Millwall have won their last three league games at home.
Millwall Team News:
They have fielded the same side for their last four games, Neil Harris may stick with that team or give one or two players a rest.
Player to watch: Lee Gregory
Not knowing who Millwall will pick for this game, they have three players amongst the goals, Lee Gregory, Aiden O`Brien and Steve Morison, so any one of those.
AFC Bournemouth Team News:
If Eddie sticks to his policy with cup games, expect to see a few changes. Ryan Fraser and Josh King were both substituted against Arsenal for fitness issues according to Eddie, so both will probably be unavailable. One player who will miss this game is Simon Francis who will start a three match ban after the red card against Arsenal.
Player to watch: Jack Wilshere
Again difficult to know who will be starting, Eddie may bring back Jack Wilshere to keep his fitness levels up or may not want to risk him in what will be a very competitive game with the Millwall fans right behind their team. If Wilshere plays he will be the player to watch.
Match Facts & Stats
The last time we met Millwall was in our Championship winning season (2014-15) and promotion to the Premier League, Millwall were relegated to League One after finishing third from bottom. The game away was on December 28th which AFCB won 2-0, a month earlier at Dean Court the game ended in a 2-2 draw. In the FA Cup we have met only once and that was on Millwall`s ground, they beat us 2-1. In all matches against Millwall, AFCB have won 29, drawn 11 and lost 38.