MATCH PREVIEW: Blues V Millwall


The midweek game sees Millwall FC visit St.Andrews, with the London side looking to end a run of four straight losses as they languish one place above the drop zone.

Meanwhile, the home side return to their own turf just three days after the narrow 1-0 defeat to local rivals Aston Villa which resulted in a fan sentenced to 14 weeks in prison, following his on the field attack on player Jack Grealish.

At The Den, Millwall fell to a 2-0 defeat when the sides met back on another Wednesday night in November last year. The result ended a run of three games without a win for Blues and was also the game after the 4-2 derby defeat at Villa Park.

The play-off push has somewhat been halted in recent weeks, with only one win in the last five matches for Monk’s men who go into the end of season run-in just five points adrift of the play-offs with seven games left to play.

There will likely be changes to the midfield that lost on Sunday, with a selection of candidates bidding for minutes. Most noticeably is Gary Gardner. Heavily favoured by Monk this season, the former Villa man should see his consistency rewarded with another start. David Davis is gradually being reintroduced to the side since injury but excluding Maikel Kieftenbled from the starting eleven would be harsh on the midfielder, whom is also a regular high performer this season.

Unfortunately, defender Maxime Colin remains out of contention following the hamstring injury he sustained during the 2-0 defeat to Hull City.

Despite sitting 21st in the table, the club’s ninth all-time leading goalscorer Lee Gregory has scored eleven times with four assists for Millwall this season. In their last win, a commendable 1-0 away at play-off hopefuls Derby County, winger Jed Wallace grabbed the winner midway through the second half. However, since then they have failed to pick up any points in the four matches and lost to relegation rivals Bolton 2-1 in their most recent outing.

The momentum could swing though, as Neil Harris’s side will be looking to gather confidence before their FA Cup quarter-final clash with Brighton & Hove Albion this Saturday.

Their record against the Blues favours them in recent years, aside from the last meeting. The Londoners went on a three game winning streak without conceding against Blues before this. Typically, the fixture rarely ends in a draw and the last stalemate between the sides was back in the 1992/1993 season, where both matches ended 0-0.

Should Rotherham win at QPR, the Lions will slip into the bottom three if they fail to win at St.Andrews. Meanwhile, a win for Blues will propel them to within two points of the play-offs should Derby County, Bristol City and Nottingham Forest fail to win.



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