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16 January 2014

Millwall v Ipswich in numbers

Ian Holloway takes charge of his first home game as Millwall boss against Ipswich Town on Saturday (3pm).

The Tractor Boys - led by former Millwall player and manager Mick McCarthy - arrive at The Den in ninth spot in the Championship, just three points outside the Play-Offs. Their 3-1 defeat to QPR last Saturday ended a nine-game unbeaten run, and McCarthy's side were then knocked out of the FA Cup at the hands of Preston North End on Tuesday.

Saturday's match will be the 50th between the two clubs, and there's nothing to separate The Lions and The Tractor Boys with 18 wins each from the previous 49 fixtures.

Ipswich have recorded just one win their last eight League visits to Millwall, drawing three and losing four, but The Lions have failed to score in their last three Championship games against the Portman Road club.

McCarthy's men go into the game with a vastly superior goal difference to a Lions side looking to rebuild under Holloway, with Tommy Smith's late consolation against QPR their 37th goal of the League campaign so far.

Saturday's visitors have conceded 30 goals so far compared to Millwall's 50, but have kept just one more clean sheet in doing so.

One of their five defensive shut-outs came against The Lions back in August, when an own goal from Shane Lowry, plus strikes from defender Smith and Paul Anderson, secured a 3-0 win at Portman Road - the last meeting between the two sides.

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