Now that Bradford City proved that it is possible for a team playing in the lower echelons to defeat Aston Villa, Millwall will try to replicate that performance at The Den Stadium. Unlike League Cup games that require two legs to decide the winner, FA Cup fixtures grant teams just one chance to prove their worth.
Match: Millwall vs Aston Villa
Odds: Bwin 2.50
Millwall might not be a serious contender for the Premier League in 2013, but their performance in the second division is quite impressive. They only need to close a five point deficit to the team currently occupying the final playoff spot, to make another attempt at promotion. It was the home pitch advantage that allowed them to amass more than 40 points in 21 games, and it is at The Den where they need to make a stand against Aston Villa.
The visitors look like a broken team and with both their regular season and cup ambitions going down the drain, they should be easy prey. The narrow margin of victory over Bradford City was not enough to ensure their swift passage to the next stage of the League Cup, but coach Lambert plans on using the same starting formation. Benteke will once again play alongside Agbonlahor upfront, but neither of these two strikers are in great shape and will have a hard task in finding breaches in the airlock created by Millwall.
The hosts have a 50-50 chance of winning this game, but since the odds currently stand at 2.50 with Bwin, it is definitely worth taking the chance. Aston Villa needs to focus on the Premier League as they are in real danger of relegating, so this is the competition on which they will channel all their energy.