Kick-off: 1245, 08/01/2022
Stadium: The Den
Patrick Vieira lifted the FA Cup four times as a player and will be keen to steer Crystal Palace into round four at the expense of Millwall.
The Lions were once regarded as a team to fear on home turf by Premier League clubs but their recent record in this competition is only moderate.
We like 2.1 for the Eagles to oblige in normal time for our initial Millwall vs Crystal Palace prediction.
Millwall are just above mid-table in the Championship after a 3-2 loss at Bristol City made it three defeats in five outings.
Tom Bradshaw’s 23rd-minute header and a Benik Afobe penalty had the Lions ahead at the interval after Andreas Weimann had opened the scoring.
However, Weimann completed a hat-trick in the closing 20 minutes to leave Gary Rowett fuming.
The head coach said: “I’m disappointed. We conceded three poor goals and you can’t do that and hope to win.”
He added: “Our squad has been severely tested over recent games and every time we take a step forward in terms of getting players fit, we seem to take another one back.”
The vibes are that Millwall are more focused on getting back in good shape for some important upcoming league fixtures.
Looking at the 3.8 for the Eagles to win by any one-goal margin.
Crystal Palace Odds
Palace have had an encouraging campaign under Vieira, who had some big shoes to fill after succeeding Roy Hodgson at Selhurst Park.
The Eagles were edged out 3-2 by West Ham on home turf on New Year’s Day, despite a late fightback which featured goals from Odsonne Edouard and Michael Olise.
Jeffrey Schlupp hit the post early on while Edouard hit the crossbar and squandered several openings.
“Overall, we gave West Ham a really good game and this is something we have to be pleased about because they have been working together for the last couple of years,” said Vieira.
Last month’s wins over Everton and Norwich kept Palace well clear of any relegation worries at this stage and they do look to be playing with confidence.
Losing Wilfried Zaha, Jordan Ayew and Cheikhou Koyate to the Africa Cup of Nations is a blow, but they are not as reliant on the first-named player as in previous seasons.
After a couple of third-round exits, the Eagles will be keen to enjoy a cup run and 8.5 for a 2-1 away win is added to our Millwall vs Crystal Palace betting tips.
Bristol City 3-2 MILLWALL – Tom Bradshaw, Benik Afobe (pen)
CRYSTAL PALACE 2-3 West Ham – Odsonne Edouard, Michael Olise
Head-to-head: Millwall 0-0 Crystal Palace, Crystal Palace 2-2 Millwall
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