Barnet v Millwall, LDV Vans Trophy, September 1, 2009
A week after the now infamous West Ham-Millwall Carling Cup riot, the Lions find themselves playing yet another midweek cup tie in the capital, albeit in the the far less glamorous LDV Vans Trophy against League Two outfit Barnet. Whether the thugs will be out in full force in North London remains to be seen, but on the pitch Kenny Jackett’s team could be primedÂ for one of the upsets of the first round.
Last season was a washout for the Bees. The club started the year with just one point from their first seven league games, and it wasn’t long before Paul Fairclough was shipped out of Underhill and Ian Hendon was brought in to steady the ship.
Twelve-months later, and Barnet have accomplished a complete one-eighty. After losing their opening match of the season at Lincoln, Barnet picked up a point before reeling off three consecutive league wins in their last three outings, including the prized-scalp of Sven Goran Eriksson’s Notts County last weekend.
Up-front, Barnet are able to roll out 40-year-old footballing legend Paul Furlong (2/1 to score) to lead the line. However it is the youthful upstarts sprinkled all over Ian Hendon’s side which have been the key to the Bees revival so far this season.
At 21-year-old, Albert Adomah (10/1 to score first) is Barnet’s danger-man (pictured). After scoring ten goals in 49 appearances last season the leggy and pacey upstart has been linked with a slew of sides higher up the divisions including Reading, Sheffield United and Watford.
Filling out the rest of the midfield is 20-year-old Congolese dynamo Yala Bolasie (11/2 to score), while adding the experience and steel in the centre of the park is 34-year-old Micah Hyde (16/1 to score), who has already chipped in with three goals this campaign.
The Lions will be fearful of slipping up at the famed sloped pitch at Underhill.
Millwall’s all-time leading goalscorer Neil Harris (6/4 to score) is an injury doubt ahead of the match, the experienced striker was forced to miss Friday night’s home draw with Brighton after suffering a calf strain during the warm-up. Also likely to start on the bench is fellow forward Steve Morison (6/4 to score), the striker has been sidelined with a thigh strain in recent weeks.
The Lions can call on Jason Price (6/1 to score first) to lead the attack after the forward played and scored against the Seagulls at the weekend. Youngster Kiernon Hughes-Mason also made an impressive appearance after come off the bench against Brighton to make his debut on Friday, and the teenager could get a start on Tuesday.
101predicts: Barnet 2 – Millwall 1 (9/1)
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