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Match preview: Blackburn Rovers

28 March 2014

Everything you need to know ahead of Saturday's crunch clash

The Lions entertain Play-Off hopefuls Blackburn Rovers on Saturday determined to keep their Championship survival hopes alive by securing a crucial three-point haul.

The Manager

Boss Ian Holloway is not alone in believing that The Lions can claw their way out of the relegation zone. With eight games and 24 points up for grabs, it is all to play for as he explains in this Lions Player snippet:


Teams news

Millwall welcome Carlos Edwards to the squad for the weekend's big game. Trinidad & Tobago international Carlos joined The Lions on Thursday from Ipswich Town and offers options on the right flank, both offensively and defencively.

Midfielder Shaun Williams, who has also played at left-back for The Lions, is available for selection having missed the Leeds and Birmingham City games through suspension.

However fellow loanee DJ Campbell will be ineligible to play against his parent club, whilst Jermaine Easter (thigh), Nicky Bailey (back), Richard Chaplow (achilles), Danny Shittu (achilles) and Scott Malone (hip) are all sidelined with injury.



Blackburn boss Gary Bowyer expects to welcome back Josh King to his squad after the Norwegian striker missed Tuesday night's 3-3 draw at Watford with a back problem.

Winger Liam Feeney, currently on-loan at Ewood Park from Millwall, is not able to play against The Lions.

Form

Blackburn are sitting 11th in the Championship, eight points off sixth-placed Reading but with a game in hand. Tuesday night's 3-3 draw at Watford, in which Rudy Gestede snatched a last-minute leveller, extended Rovers unbeaten run to three games. They had previously held table-topping Leicester City to a 1-1 draw at Ewood Park and romped to a 4-2 away victory at Huddersfield with a hat-trick from the prolific Jordan Rhodes helping them on their way.

Defeat at home to Birmingham City on Tuesday night stretched Millwall's winless streak to four games, and The Lions are without a home win since Saturday 18th January, which remains only the side's second victory on home soil since the end of September. 

In total Millwall have lost eight of 19 games at The Den so far, drawing six and winning five. 

Head-to-head

Saturday's game is the 38th time the two clubs have met in all competitions, and it is Blackburn who hold the advantage with 19 wins to Millwall's 10. Eight fixtures have finished all-square. 

Rovers have won their last two against The Lions, including a 3-2 victory when the teams last met at Ewood Park on 14th December, whilst Millwall have to go back as far as 11th May 1991 to find their last home win against Blackburn. On that occasion Teddy Sheringham (penalty) and Alex Rae were on target in a 2-1 success.

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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