Old rivals Millwall and Crystal Palace will face off for the first time in nine years in the FA Cup third round this weekend.
The south London foes have not clashed since a goalless draw in the Championship in April 2013 but are now ready to renew their rivalry.
Gary Rowett’s Millwall host London rivals Crystal Palace in the FA Cup this weekendGetty Images – Getty
Millwall are currently eleventh in the Championship table and lost 3-2 at Bristol City on Sunday.
Palace, meanwhile, are also eleventh in the Premier League following their defeat to West Ham last time out.
Now the two meet in Bermondsey and both sets of fans would dearly love to get one over their near neighbours.
Millwall v Crystal Palace: talkSPORT commentary
This FA Cup tie will take place on Saturday, January 8.
It will be held at The Den and will kick off at 12:45pm.
The game will be live on talkSPORT with coverage starting at 12pm.
Hugh Woozencroft will be your host and commentary will come from Sam Matterface and former Ipswich and Charlton midfielder Matt Holland.
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FA Cup third round on talkSPORT
FRIDAY 7th JANUARY
- Swindon v Manchester City – 20:00 -talkSPORT
SATURDAY 8th JANUARY
- Millwall v Crystal Palace – 12:45 -talkSPORT
- Port Vale v Brentford – 15:00 -talkSPORT 2
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- Tottenham v Morecambe – 14:00 -talkSPORT 2
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Millwall v Crystal Palace: Team news
Millwall are hoping Jed Wallace, Maikel Kieftenbeld and Mason Bennett will be fit to start but all will need late fitness tests.
The home side have confirmed that George Long will start in goal on Saturday lunchtime.
For Palace, Patrick Vieira will be without Jordan Ayew, Wilfried Zaha and Cheikhou Kouyate who have left for the Africa Cup of Nations.
Conor Gallagher will likely be rested following his bout of Covid while James McArthur is out injured.
Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira would love an FA Cup run this seasonGetty
Millwall v Crystal Palace: What has been said?
Millwall boss Gary Rowett: “It’s a fabulous fixture and captures the imagination of anyone who loves the FA Cup – which is most of us.
“It’s the premier cup competition, in my opinion, from being a child in 1987 watching the Coventry v Spurs Final.
“You followed it the whole day. It wasn’t just about the game, it was the whole day. As a kid, it was absolutely magical.
“It hasn’t changed that much; some would argue that the gloss has been taken off it a tiny bit, but for me, it’s still brilliant.
“It’s certainly a fixture our fans, the players and everyone involved with the club are excited by.”
Palace boss Patrick Vieira: “For me, it was always clear to put the best team on the field to compete.
“It is a derby, it is the FA Cup and it will be challenging. We will need our best starting XI to compete and to try to win the game.
“This competition means a lot to the football club. We want to do well and obviously I am part of this football club, so we want to compete and we want to do well in the competition.
“I always loved playing in the FA Cup and I think it is one of the best competitions worldwide. I have been privileged to win it.
“You always remember the first and the last one. The one with Arsenal in 98 was magical and the last one with City (in 2011) means a lot to me because that was the last one and it was with a fantastic group of players. I have some really good memories about the FA Cup.”
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