Saturday 16 February, kick-off 3pm
Cherry Red Records Stadium – FA Cup
This FA Cup preview sees AFC Wimbledon play host to Millwall at the Cherry Red Records Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Dons are bottom of League One and look set for relegation, but can they raise some cheer by reaching the FA Cup quarter-finals?
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You know what? We’re going for Wimbledon to qualify for the quarter-finals, at 7/4 with Betfred. They’ve been excellent in the FA Cup this season, and Millwall aren’t pulling up any trees right now. Wimbledon’s last cup game saw six goals, while Millwall’s had five. With that in mind, both teams to score is evens as part of the best football betting tips for Saturday. Add a Dons victory to that for 15/2, with a 2-1 home win at 14/1.
Wimbledon to qualify
Kwesi Appiah was at Crystal Palace when the Eagles lost the 2016 FA Cup final to Manchester United. He also started for Ghana in the Africa Cup of Nations final the year before, losing on penalties to the Ivory Coast. The Wimbledon forward opened the scoring for the Dons against West Ham, and is 8/1 with Betfair to do the same this weekend in your football predictions for today. Appiah is 16/5 to score anytime, and 80/1 to strike first in a 2-1 Wimbledon win.
Kwesi Appiah to score first
We fancy goals in our football score predictions for this game, with an over 4.5 goals bet priced at 7/1 with bet365. Millwall are 12/1 with the same bookmaker to win it with five or more goals, like they did against Everton in the last round. Wimbledon meanwhile are 28/1 for the same bet, which would’ve paid out in their last FA Cup game too.
Over 4.5 goals
What’s the story with Wimbledon vs Millwall?
Is Wimbledon vs Millwall on TV? Unfortunately, the game’s not on TV in the UK.
What happened last time? These teams were in League One together during the 2016/17 campaign. Both fixtures ended in draws, with a 2-2 at Kingsmeadow following a goalless draw at the Den.
What are the Wimbledon vs Millwall odds? Wimbledon are 16/5 in your FA Cup predictions, while Millwall are evens and the draw is 23/10. All of those football betting odds are available with Betfair, who are offering up to £100 in free bets when you sign up here.
Remember that time…the teams met in the FA Cup in 2009? It was goalless at half-time before current Millwall boss Neil Harris opened the scoring for the Lions as they ended up winning 4-1 at the Den in the first round.
Team news and form
Last six: LLWLLW
Dons boss Wally Downes must decide whether to revert to one man up front in these Wimbledon vs Millwall predictions. He did just that to stunning effect against West Ham United in the last round, although it could cost top scorer Joe Pigott his place in the side. The 25-year-old didn’t make it off the bench against the Hammers.
Last six: LDWDLD
Visiting manager Harris is facing a potential striking crisis ahead of this game. Tom Elliott missed Millwall’s goalless draw at Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday night because of illness, while Lee Gregory came off late on. There are worries there could be a calf strain underneath Gregory’s cramp. Ben Thompson, Ben Marshall and Fred Onyedinma are all cup-tied for Saturday too. Goalkeeper Ben Amos is back in training though.
Wimbledon vs Millwall prediction, preview and betting tips
Hosts Wimbledon may be languishing at the bottom of League One, but Millwall are hardly flying high this season. Neil Harris’s side are down in 20th place in the Championship, just two points above the relegation zone. Can the Lions tear apart the Wombles in these football predictions, or will the home team be celebrating another joyful FA Cup moment?
It was 31 years ago that Wimbledon recorded one of the biggest cup shocks of all time, beating the mighty Liverpool in the final at Wembley. They won 1-0 that day, which was also the score as the Dons beat Walsall on Tuesday. That was their first league win since Boxing Day, with Wally Downes’s side now seven points from safety after playing a game more than four of their relegation rivals.
It’s not in Wimbledon’s DNA to give up though. They’ll certainly give their all on Saturday, as they did in beating another London side in the last round, Premier League outfit West Ham. The Dons scored three times in their two FA Cup ties before that victory over the Hammers, both away at Halifax Town and Fleetwood Town.
In fact, Wimbledon’s last three FA Cup games have seen 15 goals, while Millwall’s two ties have seen eight. That’s why we’re backing both teams to score in this Wimbledon v Millwall prediction, priced at evens. The Lions produced a memorable moment of their own in the last round, twice coming from behind against a strong Everton team to win 3-2 in the 94th minute.
That win against the Toffees is Millwall’s only victory in their last six games. They haven’t scored in their last three in the Championship. We all know the cup is a completely different kettle of fish though. The Lions have scored 14 goals in 15 games away from home this season. They’re yet to play on the road in a cup competition, but only have one away victory so far.
The FA Cup always seems to throw up an incredible story each year. This time it could be Wimbledon reaching the quarter-finals, and few neutrals would begrudge them that. We fancy the Dons to progress. After lots of goals in their recent FA Cup games, and four the last time these teams met, they are 16/1 with bet365 to win inside 90 minutes with over 3.5 goals in the game in your Wimbledon vs Millwall betting tips.
Wimbledon vs Millwall first goalscorer predictions
Former Wimbledon man Tom Elliott is desperate to make his return from injury this weekend. The Millwall forward scored 19 goals in 90 games during a two-year spell with the Dons, before moving across London in 2017. He is 13/2 to come back to haunt his former employers with the opening goal on Saturday. Scott Wagstaff scored a brace against West Ham the other week. That doubled his tally for the season, and he’s at 12/1 in the first goalscorer odds to keep up his good FA Cup form here.
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Not exactly a long-suffering Manchester City fan, Tom’s favourite moment supporting the Blues was being a young lad at Wembley for Paul Dickov’s equaliser in the 1999 play-off final against Gillingham. He follows La Liga closely too, and has lots of experience writing about sports betting including F1, tennis and golf.