The impressive Millwall statistic that puts Liverpool and Leicester to shame
Millwall have an enviable record against Premier League opposition this season (Getty)

Millwall have been rewarded for their run in the FA Cup with a trip to White Hart Lane for an all-London quarter-final against Tottenham Hotspur.

Their defeat of Leicester City at the New Den on Saturday was Millwall’s third over a Premier League team since the turn of the year.

The Lions beat Bournemouth and Watford in previous rounds, with Eddie Howe and Walter Mazzarri both picking second string sides for their respective clubs.

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That run means Londoners have now beaten more Premier League sides in 2017 than the likes of giants Liverpool (1), champions Leicester City (0) and local rivals Crystal Palace (1).

They have even won the same number of games against top flight opposition as Premier League leaders Chelsea.

Sides who have won fewer Premier League games than Millwall in 2017

Liverpool: 1 (games won)

Southampton: 2

Burnley: 2

Watford: 2

Bournemouth: 0

Middlesbrough: 0

Leicester City: 0

Hull City: 2

Crystal Palace: 1

Sunderland: 1

Steve Morison, the Millwall centre-forward, attributed the intimidating atmosphere in south-east London to his side’s success.

The 33-year-old, who had a stint in the Premier League with Norwich, even claimed Leicester’s young full-back Ben Chilwell was ‘too scared’ to take a throw-in near the home fans.

‘The left back, he started taking throw-ins and after a couple of bits of verbal he didn’t want to take a throw-in,’ Morison said after Saturday’s 1-0 win.

FA Cup Quarter-Final Ties

To be played between March 10 and 13

Chelsea vs Manchester United
Middlesbrough vs Huddersfield/Manchester City
Tottenham vs Millwall
Sutton United/Arsenal vs Lincoln City

‘I’m not being funny, he said his fingers hurt him. Come on, we’re playing football.

‘He didn’t want to take a throw-in after that. He asked the centre half to take the throw-ins in the first half.

‘You either sink or swim when you come here. Three Premier League teams have come here and they’ve sunk.’

The quarter-final against Spurs will be Millwall’s first against a Premier League side away from home in the cup this season.

Whether they can sink their opponents on the road remains to be seen.

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