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What's the story: Millwall vs Wycombe

6 December 2016

We look at the key storylines ahead of the Wednesday's Checkatrade Trophy tie at the Den.

Unusual hat-trick
Following Scott Kashket's superb treble in the FA Cup on Saturday, Wednesday night will see Millwall and Wycombe complete a different kind of hat-trick when they meet at the same venue three years running - all in different cup competitions. The Lions won the League Cup encounter in 2014 but Wanderers gained revenge in the FA Cup second round meeting last December.

On the spot?
A draw after 90 minutes would see the game head to a penalty shootout to determine which side progresses to the next stage.

Lions' strength
Millwall were one step away from reaching last year's final of this competition before being eliminated by Oxford United at the area final stage, but they've made a strong start in their bid to go one further this time around. They breezed through the group stage with three wins from three, defeating West Brom U21, Gillingham and Luton whilst fielding strong teams in each match.

Chance to shine
The competition's aim of enhancing the development of young stars has certainly proved its worth with Millwall's Harry Smith, who came to prominence with two goals on his debut in the win at Luton. That provided the platform for him to feature in four subsequent league games and last weekend's FA Cup meeting with Braintree, when he bagged a hat-trick in a 5-2 victory. The same could be said of Wanderers' own Scott Kashket, who caught the eye with goals against West Ham U21 and Coventry.

Friends reunited
Millwall could field Jordan Archer, who was Gareth Ainsworth's first ever signing as Wanderers manager when he brought the keeper to Adams Park on loan from Tottenham in 2012, while the Lions also have former Chairboys loanees Tony Craig and Fred Onyedinma in their ranks. Paris Cowan-Hall cannot feature against his parent club for the Blues, but Will De Havilland could be involved against the club where he started his career in 2013.

In the money
The winning side will walk away with £20,000 in prize money after tomorrow's game; Millwall banked £30,000 in the group stages, with Wanderers earning £20,000 from their two wins.

Joy of six?
It's been 10 years since the Chairboys last won six consecutive games in all competitions, when Paul Lambert was in charge at the beginning of the 2006/07 campaign. Wanderers' current run stands at five victories in a row...

Home comforts
Neil Harris's Lions will be looking to make their Den a fortress over the coming weeks, playing an incredible eight home games in the space of a month. They made a strong start to that run last Sunday, beating Braintree in the FA Cup, and another home draw in round three means they only have two away games between now and the middle of January.

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