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Match Preview: Millwall v AFC Bournemouth

2 May 2014

All you need to know ahead of Saturday's game

Millwall head into the last Championship game of the season at home to AFC Bournemouth knowing that, regardless of results elsewhere, a win for The Lions will secure second-tier football at The Den for a fifth successive year.

Manager's views

Boss Ian Holloway says his side must focus on themselves only and not matches involving their relegation rivals as The Lions look to complete the Great Escape and avoid the drop to League One. Ollie has told Lions Player that Millwall must produce one last momentous push to get the job done. See a snippet of his pre-match interview in full below:

 

Team news

The Lions will be without winger Lee Martin, who was stretchered off during last Saturday's 1-1 draw at QPR. Lee, instrumental in Millwall's seven match unbeaten run, lasted just 16 minutes of the Loftus Road clash before sustaining a nasty gash that later required five internal and seven external stitches. Midfielder Ed Upson (ankle) and Danny Shittu (achilles) also sit it out, whilst striker Stefan Maierhofer faces a late fitness test on a slight hamstring strain.



Richard Chaplow has continued his way back towards full fitness after a spell sidelined with an achilles injury and trained again for a second successive week.

AFC Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe will be without the services of defender Elliott Ward, younger brother of former Lions favourite Darren. The 29-year-old defender, who has made 25 appearances this season, underwent surgery on a knee problem earlier this week and will be sidelined for the next three months.

Norwich loanee Andrew Surman is set to start for the Cherries in what could be his final game for the club as the visitors look for their highest-ever finish.

Form

Last Saturday's 1-1 draw at QPR extended Millwall's unbeaten streak to seven games, a run which has seen The Lions climb to within one win of clinching Championship football at The Den next season.

Ollie's men have drawn four out of the last five on home soil, and have won only once since early December on the hallowed Den turf. However on their travels it has been a different story with three wins and a draw from the last four starts. 

Bournemouth's away form has been excellent recently, winning three, drawing two and losing just once in their last six matches away from the south coast. The Cherries have kept a clean sheet in a fifth of all away games this season.

A victory for the Cherries coupled with defeat for Blackburn would see the club finish in eighth spot, four places higher than the record set by Harry Redknapp's side of 1988-89.

Head-to-head

Millwall's record against AFC Bournemouth is pretty fair with The Lions recording 36 victories to The Cherries 26 in their previous 73 encounters. Eleven matches have finished all square.

In the reverse fixture earlier this season, Bournemouth trailed 2-0 with 10 minutes on the clock to goals from Martyn Waghorn and Liam Trotter, but then pulled a goal back and took full advantage of the 58th-minute dismissal of Alan Dunne, rattling in a further four goals to record a 5-2 success.

Travel

We would advise supporters to check on www.nationalrail.co.uk and www.tfl/org.uk of you are travelling to the game by train as we have been advised that there will be a reduced service tomorrow.

Coverage

Full match commentary will be available on Lions Player from around 12.05pm.

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. Join in the conversation using this week's matchday hashtag, #MFCvAFCB.

Betting

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

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