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Match preview: Millwall v Middlesbrough

6 December 2014

Read our in-depth guide to Saturday's big game

Millwall entertain promotion hopefuls Middlesbrough at The Den this Saturday (3pm).

The Lions, who fought back from a 2-0 half-time deficit to draw away at Bournemouth last weekend, sit 20th in the Championship. In comparison Aitor Karanka's Boro side, who are unbeaten in their last six games, are two points off the top of the table in fifth.

What the managers say

Ian Holloway: "We're playing against a really good team who try to get it and pass it and we are going to try and stop that and play a high tempo game. Let's make sure we understand where I want the ball, where it has got to go, what we have got to do behind it and pin teams in if we can - particularly at The Den. Read more from Holloway by clicking here.

Aitor Karanka: "Millwall are the kind of team that if you go there thinking it's going to be an easy game because of their position in the table then you are making a very big mistake. We have to go there thinking it's going to be a very difficult game because they are a very tough team." Read more from Karanka by clicking here.

Team news

Holloway has told Lions Player that Lee Martin (toe) and Shaun Williams (upper back) will be assessed on Friday. 

The game will come too soon for ex-Middlesbrough midfielder Nicky Bailey (calf) and Carlos Edwards (knee) remains a long-term absentee.

Defender Andy Wilkinson is available for selection once more after serving a three-game suspension.

Boro will be without the services of ex-Lions loanee Ryan Fredericks, who suffered a thigh injury in their 1-1 draw with Blackburn Rovers last week.

Centre-back Dani Ayala (head) and goalkeeper Dimi Konstantopoulos (hip) are both doubts.

Head-to-head

Saturday's game is the 50th meeting between the two clubs, and to date it is Boro who hold the better head-to-head record with 20 wins in all competitions to Millwall's 18. 

The Lions, though, have won five of the last nine encounters, and secured a 2-1 win when the two sides last met back in April.

Betting

For a comprehensive list of odds on the game visit Sky Bet.

Coverage

Unable to make it to The Den? You can still follow all of the action as it happens with full match commentary on Lions Player from 2.50pm.

You can also follow live updates on @MillwallFC, the club's official Twitter account. Have your say before, during and after the game by tagging your tweets with #MFCvMFC, Saturday's match hashtag.

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