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Derby v Millwall: Match preview

7 March 2014

Read our comprehensive guide to Saturday's big game

The Lions head to automatic promotion hopefuls Derby County on Saturday looking to upset the odds and secure a crucial away victory as Ian Holloway's men bid to steer clear of the Championship drop zone.

Teams news

Millwall be without striker Jermaine Easter who picked up a thigh injury whilst on international duty with Wales this week.



Nicky Bailey is still missing with a back problem, but Richard Chaplow is fit again after overcoming an achilles complaint and looks set to travel with the squad to the iPro Stadium.

Derby boss Steve McClaren could select Conor Sammon up front in place of top scorer Chris Martin, who serves a one-game suspension for his sending off in The Rams' defeat to Burnley last time out.

Form

Derby are sitting 3rd in the Championship but last week's loss at Turf Moor saw the gap between them and Burnley in the automatic promotion slots increase to five points. That 2-0 defeat ended an unbeaten seven-game run which included five wins.

Their home form has been impressive all season with The Rams winning a total of nine games at the iPro, drawing three and losing just four.

Defeat to Brighton last Saturday stretched Millwall's winless streak to seven games, and The Lions are still without an away win since the September success at Charlton, which remains the side's only victory on the road this 2013/14 campaign.

In total Millwall have lost 10 of 16 games away from The Den so far, drawing five.

Head-to-head

Saturday's game is the 50th time the two clubs have met in all competitions, and it is Derby who hold the slight advantage with 19 wins to Millwall's 18. In League action alone, though, The Lions have enjoyed the most success over the years with 16 victories compared with 13 for The Rams.

Derby have won their last two against The Lions, including an emphatic 5-1 victory at The Den in September, whilst Millwall are without a win away to The Rams since December 2004. The Lions' last visit was on the final day of last season when Conor Sammon struck a late winner, leaving Millwall reliant on other results to stay up, which they did.



Live coverage

Full match commentary will be available on Lions Player live from 2.50pm.

You can also keep up to date with the action as it happens on The Wall and on the club's official Twitter account @MillwallFC

Betting

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



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