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Watford v Millwall

24 December 2013

The big match preview

Steve Lomas takes his Millwall side to Vicarage Road on Boxing Day (1pm) looking to bounce back from Saturday's 2-0 defeat to Middlesbrough - a result which ended The Lions' seven-game unbeaten run at The Den.

Team news

Skipper Paul Robinson required stitches to an ankle injury suffered during Saturday's loss against Boro, but should be fit to face The Hornets.

Midfield trio Nicky Bailey, Richard Chaplow and Lee Martin all returned to full training this week and will hope to prove their fitness to boss Steve Lomas ahead of Thursday's game.

New Watford head coach Giuseppe Sannino welcomed back fit-again defender Lloyd Doyley for their weekend draw with Ipswich, but Essaid Belkalem (ankle), Tommie Hoban (ankle) and Almen Abdi (foot) remain sidelined, as does Davide Faraoni (ankle).


Saturday's 2-0 defeat to Middlesbrough ended Millwall's unbeaten run at The Den and was their second loss on the bounce following the 3-2 reverse at Blackburn.

Home and away, since the start of October, The Lions have won just two of twelve games, and are looking for their first away win since September's 1-0 victory over Charlton at The Valley.

Gianfranco Zola resigned as Hornets boss after a run of nine games without a win, including five consecutive home defeats. New head coach Sannino, appointed last week, saw his side earn a point at Portman Road following Troy Deeney's late equaliser against Ipswich on Saturday.

Winless in 10, Watford's last three points was a 2-1 victory at Huddersfield on October 5th.  


Thursday's meeting is the 97th between the two clubs, and Millwall have the upper hand with 41 wins to Watford's 29 in all competitions.

The Lions were victorious back in April (1-0) when the sides last met, but Millwall are without a win in at Vicarage Road since the 2005/6 season.

The Hornets have won four of the last six encounters.


Millwall are 4/1 outsiders with Sky Bet to end their away day woes with a win at Vicarage Road.

Striker Steve Morison has scored in three of Millwall's last four games, and he's available at odds of 5/2 to score at anytime against The Hornets. Liam Trotter, often The Lions' penalty taker, is 4/1 to do the same.

For these odds and more, visit Sky Bet


Full match commentary will, as ever, be available on Lions Player from 12.50pm.

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