High-flying Sheffield United travel to Championship side Millwall on Saturday in the fourth round of the FA Cup.
Despite falling to a narrow 1-0 defeat against Manchester City last time out, the Blades remain eighth in the Premier League return and have received widespread praise upon their top-flight return.
That is a path Millwall themselves hope to tread, with Gary Rowett’s men occupying eighth-place in the Championship, well in the mix for one of those coveted play-off spots.
Can Chris Wilder’s men add to what has already been an impressive season or will the 2004 finalists resume their love affair with this competition? Read on for our preview, predictions, team news and more.
When is Millwall vs Sheffield United and where can I watch live?
Competition: FA Cup
Venue: Millwall Holdings PLC Stadium
Date: Saturday, 25 January 2020
Kick-off: 3:00 PM (UK time)
TV coverage (UK): N/A
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Last five meetings: Millwall vs Sheffield United
13 Apr 2019: Sheffield United 1-1 Millwall (League Championship)
29 Sep 2018: Millwall 2-3 Sheffield United (League Championship)
14 Apr 2018: Sheffield United 1-1 Millwall (League Championship)
02 Dec 2017: Millwall 3-1 Sheffield United (League Championship)
28 Mar 2017: Sheffield United 2-0 Millwall (League One)
Aggregate Score: Millwall (DLDWL) 7-8 Sheffield United (DWDLW)
Ones to watch
Millwall: Jed Wallace
Rowett might have his eyes more focused on promotion to the Premier League, but that doesn’t mean he won’t want to give his players the best chance possible against Sheffield United.
If the London side are to test their Yorkshire opponents, they’ll likely have to lean on the attacking exploits of Jed Wallace, who has been by far and away their most threatening player this season.
Key stat: Jed Wallace has been directly involved in 17 Championship goals this season, scoring nine and assisting eight.
Sheffield United: Jack Rodwell
Jack Rodwell has had to be patient since joining Sheffield United, making just one appearance for the Blades so far, against AFC Fylde in the previous round of this competition.
However, and despite Wilder insisting he won’t be giving out minutes for the sake of “charity“, this game represents a great chance to give the 28-year-old another run-out, further readying him for the all-important Premier League run-in.
Key stat: Jack Rodwell has played just 58 minutes of first-team football for Sheffield United so far.
Midfielder Shaun Williams is suspended but other than that, Rowett has a full side to pick from.
With the chase for a Championship play-off spot hotting up, Millwall may rotate slightly, although Rowett will no doubt be interested to see how his players fare against Premier League opposition.
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The Blades are completely clear of injury and suspension, although Wilder will still use this as an opportunity to give a few fringe players a chance. Should that provde the case, we could see the likes of Rodwell and Phil Jagielka come in.
With their Premier League status all but secured (barring a complete meltdown), Sheffield United will see the FA Cup as a chance to put the cherry on top of what has been an incredible season.
Millwall is never an easy place to go. Everton learned this in the FA Cup last season. However, the way Wilder’s men control games is hugely impressive, given the lack of spending on his squad.
The Blades will have it tough, but they’re high on confidence right now and should seal progression to the fifth round against this high-flying Millwall side.