Preview: Millwall vs. Aston Villa

Villa boss Paul Lambert gestures from the touchline in the game with Spurs on Boxing Day 2012
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Sports Mole looks ahead to Aston Villa's FA Cup tie away at Championship side Millwall.

Millwall are likely to be full of confidence ahead of this FA Cup tie, having seen opponents Aston Villa being knocked out of the League Cup by Bradford City earlier this week.

The home side's form has not been overly positive of late, but they have been boosted by the recent arrival of striker Nathan Tyson, who may be handed his first start for the club on Friday night.

He is likely to partner Andy Keogh, while Danny Shittu should continue in defence.

Meanwhile, visiting Villa could include England striker Darren Bent in their starting lineup, with Christian Benteke dropped to the bench.

The last time these two sides met in this competition back in 1986, Millwall advanced through thanks to a 1-0 victory after the first tie had ended in a 1-1 draw at Villa Park.

Recent form

Millwall: DLLWDL

Aston Villa: LLLDLD

Possible starting lineups:

Millwall: Forde; A.Smith, J.Smith, Abdou, Shittu; Beevers, Woolford, Trotter, Henry; Keogh, Tyson

Aston Villa: Given; Vlaar, Clark, Bennett, Lowton; Ireland, N'Zogbia, Delph, Weimann; Agbonlahor, Bent

Sports Mole says: 1-1

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