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Preview: Millwall v AFC Bournemouth

27 December 2014

All you need to know about Sunday's game

Millwall boss Ian Holloway will be looking for a positive response from the 6-1 Boxing Day thumping at Norwich City when table-topping AFC Bournemouth visit The Den on Sunday (3pm).

Holloway's Lions will head into the match determined to put that Carrow Road defeat firmly behind them, but will have their work cut out against a Cherries side unbeaten in their previous 13 Championship matches.

What the managers say

Ian Holloway: "Obviously I will be looking for a big response against Bournemouth. It wasn't so long ago that we went to their place and drew 2-2 after being 2-0 down. We need that sort of performance and we also need the fans to stay with us, because if they don't it will be even more difficult for us. The good thing is that we have got half a season to be better than this - and we must be better than this, that's for sure."

When you look at our recent record, we have had big wins. It's difficult enough at this level to win one game yet alone to win consistently and get consecutive wins, which has become a real feature in our game. "Eddie Howe: Confidence is really running through the team. The challenge is for us to maintain our standards and keep it going."

Team news

Lions boss Ollie made five changes for the Boxing Day game at Norwich City and is likely to ring the changes once more as he looks to find the necessary combination of passion, desire, determination and quality to get back to winning ways.

Striker John Marquis, who made his first league appearance for The Lions since March at Carrow Road, could earn himself another opportunity, whilst Jimmy Abdou, Lee Gregory and Jermaine Easter - who scored after coming on as a sub at Norwich - are all vying for a return to first-team action.

Cherries boss Eddie Howe has no fresh injury problems ahead of Sunday's game, although top scorer Callum Wilson, who was missing when The Lions played at Goldsands last month, has now returned from injury and featured in Bournemouth's 2-0 Boxing Day win against Fulham.

Head-to-head

Sunday's game at The Den will be the 76th meeting between Millwall and Bournemouth - and The Lions hold the advantage with 37 wins to date compared to the 26 successes recorded by The Cherries. Of those Millwall victories, 33 have come in the League whilst the remaining 12 matches between the two clubs have finished all square.

The two clubs last met barely four weeks ago at the Goldsands Stadium when a gutsy comeback from The Lions saw late goals from Ed Upson and Magaye Gueye secure a point in a thrilling 2-2 draw. 

Millwall's last encounter with Bournemouth here at The Den came on the final day of the 2013/14 season when Martyn Woolford's super first-half header secured The Lions' Championship status courtesy of a 1-0 win. 

Ticket news 
Tickets are available to purchase for Sunday's game right up until kick-off at the Millwall ticket office. 

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Matchday programme

The Lion, Millwall's matchday programme, is priced at just £3 and Sunday's 84-page edition has plenty of exclusive content including interviews with Magaye Gueye, as well as words from Ian Holloway, Alan Dunne, Bobby Bacic and Merv Payne, in his role as fan columnist. For all that and much, much more, pick up your copy of The Lion from around the ground for just £3. 
Coverage


 from 2.50pm.  Lions PlayerWe will have all of the action covered with live match commentary on 
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