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Preview: AFC Bournemouth v Millwall

29 November 2014

All you need to know about Saturday's big game

Millwall head to in-form AFC Bournemouth on Saturday aiming to inflict only a second defeat in 13 games on the Championship high-flyers. 

Eddie Howe's Cherries are on the crest of a wave at the moment having won nine of their previous 12 matches, drawing two and losing just one in a run that has taken them to second spot, just three points off table-topping Derby County.

Ian Holloway's Lions head into the game looking for their first win in five, with their last victory on 25th October when Danny Shittu's second-half header secured a 1-0 success against Cardiff City.

What the managers say

Ian Holloway: "Bournemouth are a really good side and the way that they pass the ball is very impressive – they are as good as Derby. They move it around really well. Eddie Howe has improved that squad and done a great job.

"However there was lots about our game at Charlton last Saturday that I was pleased with. We had everything bar a goal. I thought we played really well – we looked composed and moved the ball around."

Eddie Howe: "Whenever you play Millwall, you know they are going to be combative and very committed and this Millwall side is no different. We have had some great tussles with them down the years and Ian Holloway is a manager who gets his teams to play good football and is beginning to implement his philosophy there.

"We will be looking to impose ourselves on them and trying to get our passing game going, as we did against Ipswich. If we can match most of the elements of that performance then I think we would have a very good chance."

Team news

Ian Holloway has no fresh injury worries ahead of Saturday's south coast clash. Defender Andy Wilkinson serves the final game of his three-match ban following his red card against Blackburn Rovers, with skipper Alan Dunne expected to continue in the right-back berth. The Lions have kept clean sheets in three of their last four away games, including last weekend's 0-0 draw at neighbours Charlton.

Goalkeeper David Forde will join the elite '300 club' for The Lions at Bournemouth, when he is expected to make his 300th appearance for the club - a feat that only 23 players in the club's history have achieved.

Meanwhile Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe will be hoping to have striker Callum Wilson (hamstring) available for Saturday’s match, although Tokelo Rantie is definitely out of contention, having partially dislocated his shoulder in last weekend's 2-2 draw with Ipswich. 

Head-to-head

Saturday's match marks the 75th meeting between Millwall and Bournemouth - and The Lions hold the advantage with 37 wins to date compared to the 26 victories recorded by The Cherries. Of those Millwall successes, 33 have come in the League whilst the remaining 11 matches between the two clubs have finished all square.

The south coast club are currently sitting second in the Championship table are unbeaten in their last nine outings, boasting an impressive recent record of just one defeat in their previous 12 matches.

However last time out it was Millwall who took all three points on the final day of the 2013/14 season when Martyn Woolford's sublime first-half header secured The Lions' Championship status with a 1-0 win.

Betting

For a comprehensive list of odds on the game click here.

Coverage

Unable to make it to Goldsands? The Lions Player team will once again be bringing you full match commentary from 2.50pm. You can also follow live updates on @MillwallFC, the club's official Twitter account. Join in the conversation before, during and after the game by tagging your tweets with #AFCBvMFC - Saturday's matchday hashtag.

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