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Preview: Sheffield Wednesday v Millwall

19 August 2014

All you need to know about tonight's big game

Millwall head to Sheffield Wednesday tonight looking to stretch their unbeaten run to 12 games - and make it a hat-trick of consecutive Championship wins this season.

The Lions enjoyed an eight game unbeaten run at the end of the 2013/14 campaign and have continued in a rich vein of form, securing victories against Leeds United (2-0) and Fulham (1-0) in the League, with a Capital One Cup First Round success against Wycombe (1-0) sandwiched between the two.

The Owls, managed by Stuart Gray, have yet to concede a goal this season either and have enjoyed an encouraging start, recording victories against Brighton away (1-0), easing past Notts County 3-0 in the Capital One Cup and then sharing a 0-0 draw with promotion favourites Derby County last weekend.

What the management says

Marc Bircham: "Considering our defensive record last season it's been great to get three clean sheets. People are throwing themselves in the way of shots - that is the Millwall way, hard work, dedication and willingness to put their body on the line. Sheffield are a big team, it's a big pitch and we will be expecting a physical game. It will feel like a proper away game as there will be less of our fans and a bit of a trip to get there; but we have to go there with the same mentality and take care of ourselves." Watch Birch here

Stuart Gray: "This will be a hard game, there is no doubt about that. Millwall have surprised people. They got a fantastic win at Fulham on Saturday so they will be very confident. Something has to give because we are in good form ourselves." Read more here

Team news

Ian Holloway welcomes back defender Matthew Briggs to his squad after the former Fulham left-back was sent off on his debut against Wycombe last week for two bookable offences - the first, for taking his shirt off to celebrate what proved to be the match-winner in a 1-0 scoreline.

The Lions boss hopes to have Martyn Woolford available for selection after missing the last 20 minutes at Fulham with a dead leg, although midfield duo Ed Upson and Richard Chaplow remain sidelined.

Wednesday look set to have Kieran Lee missing after the midfielder sustained a groin injury during the weekend draw with Derby. Giles Coke is the most likely replacement should Lee be unavailable for selection.

Head-to-head

This evening's match will be the 43rd meeting between the two clubs, and as it stands The Owls just edge the stats with 16 wins to Millwall's 14 in all competitions. The remaining 12 matches have finished all square.

You have to go back nine years to find Millwall's last victory against Wednesday, when goals from Barry Hayles and Carl Asaba secured a 2-1 victory at Hillsborough on 17th September 2005.

Since then, The Owls have enjoyed greater success, winning three of the subsequent five games. The last four encounters have produced 14 goals, and the previous two matches at Hillsborough have seen nine goals scored in all.

Coverage

We will have all the action covered with live match commentary on Lions Player from 7.40pm.

As well, you can follow live updates on the club's official Twitter account and join the conversation by using #SWFCvMFC in your tweets.

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