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7 December 2013

Everything you need to know ahead of Millwall v Wigan

Steve Lomas' Lions will be looking to move to within one point of Wigan Athletic with a win against The Latics at The Den on Saturday (3pm).

Tuesday's 2-2 draw with Nottingham Forest continued Millwall's unbeaten run of games at The Den to six, whilst Wigan, who saw manager Owen Coyle depart the club on Monday, lost their third League game in a row away to Leeds United on Wednesday.

Team news

On-loan midfielder Guy Moussi is available for selection once more after sitting out Tuesday's game with parent club Nottingham Forest.

Nicky Bailey, however, is still missing, and Richard Chaplow, who has picked up a groin injury, is also sidelined.

Wigan's caretaker manager Graham Barrow will be without the services of Shaun Maloney and Juan Carlos Garcia, both long-term absentees for The Latics, but Gary Caldwell, who returned to training this week, could be called upon in defence.

Scott Carson also looks to set to continue in goal in place of youngster Lee Nicholls after returning from injury in Wednesday's loss at Leeds.

Form

The Lions are looking for only their 2nd win in 10 games on Saturday, but are also on a run of six games without defeat at The Den.

Millwall, 20th in the Championship, have won four of their 18 League games so far, drawing six and losing eight.

Last six games

Reading 1-1 Millwall
Millwall 2-2 Burnley
Bolton 3-1 Millwall
Millwall 1-0 Barnsley
Leicester 3-0 Millwall
Millwall 2-2 Nottingham Forest

Wigan have lost their last last three League games, a run which has seen The Latics drop to 14th in the Championship.

The FA Cup holders, who have also been featuring in the Europa League, are looking for their seventh League win of the season so far.

Last six games

Wigan 0-0 QPR
Wigan 2-1 Huddersfield
Yeovil 0-1 Wigan
Wigan 0-1 Brighton
Wigan 1-3 Derby
Leeds 2-0 Wigan

Head-to-head

Saturday's match will be the 24th meeting between the two clubs - and The Lions have the upper hand with nine wins to Wigan's seven.

In League action, Millwall have been victorious on eight occasions, with seven matches ending all square, and The Latics winning the remaining five.

Last meeting

The two teams last met in April's FA Cup Semi-Final at Wembley, and it was Wigan who run out 2-0 winners on their way to a famous Cup victory.

Goals in either half from Shaun Maloney and Callum McManaman were enough for The Latics, then in the Premier League, at a rain-soaked Wembley, and they went on to lift the trophy with a last-gasp 1-0 win over Manchester City in May's showpiece Final.

Sky Bet odds

Millwall can be backed at 6/4 with Sky Bet to earn all three points in Saturday's match.

Steve Morison opened the scoring in Tuesday's draw with Nottingham Forest, and the striker is available at 6/1 to notch the first goal of the game at The Den this weekend.

For Wigan, Grant Holt, a former team-mate of Morison's at Norwich City, is 11/2 favourite to open the scoring.

For these odds and more, click here 

The Lion

Saturday's matchday programme features an in-depth interview with Millwall midfielder Jimmy Abdou. The 29-year-old, now in his sixth season at The Den, talks about he and his team-mates are enjoying adapting to the club's new managerial regime, how he is still learning about himself as a player and looks back at The Lions' last meeting with Wigan - April's FA Cup Semi-Final.

The weekend's edition of The Lion also contains the second part of our interview with Mick Harford, has a Boardroom update from Alan Williams and all the usual input from Steve Lomas, Paul Robinson and fan columnist Merv Payne.

Click here for details on how you can download Saturday's programme hours before kick-off.

Live coverage

Full match commentary will be available live on Lions Player from 2.50pm on Saturday.

Live updates will also be available on Twitter @MillwallFC




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