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Millwall v Charlton: Match preview

14 March 2014

All you need to know ahead of Saturday's crucial London derby

Millwall entertain local rivals Charlton Athletic at The Den on Saturday (3pm) knowing that a win could lift The Lions five points clear of the Championship drop zone.

Team news

Ian Holloway added to his attacking options with the signing of Austrian international striker Stefan Maierhofer on Friday, who could go straight into the squad after receiving international clearance.

Steve Morison faces a late fitness test on a neck problem picked up in Tuesday's defeat to Blackpool, while Jermaine Easter (thigh) and DJ Campbell (hamstring) are definitely sidelined.



Danny Shittu (achilles) and Nicky Bailey (back) are also out, but Scott Malone (hip) could recover in time to face The Addicks.

For Charlton, who drew their first game under new boss Jose Riga on Wednesday, Chris Solly and Leon Cort, both long-term absentees, will again be missing.

Jordan Cousins and Simon Church started on the bench for the 0-0 stalemate with Huddersfield but are both pushing for recalls.

Head-to-head

The Lions have enjoyed considerable success against Charlton over the years.

Going into Saturday's game Millwall have won 33 of 67 previous encounters, all of which have come in League action, while The Addicks have been victorious on 11 occasions.

The Lions are unbeaten in the last five games with their London rivals and won the reverse fixture back in September courtesy of Scott McDonald's deflected first-half effort. 



What the managers say

Ian Holloway: "Our home form is going to be crucial between now and May. There has been no bigger game for us so far this season than this one against our local rivals Charlton who need the points every bit as much as we do. My job and the players' job right from kick-off is to ensure that we put in the type of performance in a London derby that gets you off your seat and makes you proud of the way the team are representing you on the pitch." More from Ollie here

Jose Riga: "Everybody is focused on the game and some players have already started speaking about it. I know that it is very important, not only because we have to win games and take points but that it is a big derby. The first thing that interests me is my team. With my team I can do some things, but with others teams I can do nothing. The game is more important, not the story of Millwall." More from the new Charlton boss available on the News Shopper

Matchday programme

Saturday's edition of The Lion contains an in-depth interview with defender Shane Lowry, a preview of which can be seen here

As well as all the usual input from Ian Holloway, Paul Robinson and fan columnist Merv Payne, Barry and Margaret Mizen also write a lengthy piece on the progress of the Jimmy Mizen Foundation. Saturday is Jimmy's Day at The Den and both Barry and Margaret will be in attendance, as well as Colin and Sally Knox, the parents of young Charlton fan Rob, who died in similarly tragic circumstances to Jimmy. Find out more here

Issue 19 of The Lion will be available around the ground for just £3 but can also be downloaded from 9am on all the usual platforms.

Live coverage

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

You can also keep up-to-date with the action as it happens on The Wall and on Twitter @MillwallFC. Have your say by including #MFCvCAFC in your tweets.

Betting

For a comprehensive list of match odds, visit Sky Bet

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