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Preview: Charlton v Millwall

21 November 2014

All you need to know about Saturday's game

Millwall make the short trip across south east London for a mouthwatering derby clash with Charlton Athletic on Saturday (3pm).

Former Lions striker Bob Peeters has made a promising start to life in The Valley hot-seat, having replaced Jose Riga as head coach during the summer.

Charlton go into the game sitting one point outside the Play-Offs and nine clear of The Lions following a run of just two defeats in 13 games. Ian Holloway's Millwall will be determined to improve on a run of one win in the last 12 Championship fixtures and move up the table away from the bottom three.

What the managers say

Ian Holloway: "The fans are all looking forward to the game because it's a London derby. I always approach every game as a derby one and I'll be looking for the players to show the correct level of commitment, desire and passion. We want to start pushing up the League and we could do that by putting one or two wins together."

Bob Peeters: ""I am not focusing on Millwall, I am focusing on my team, we will see what reception I get. I had a foot operation twice, so I spent more time in the hospital than the pitch. The players know what to expect, it isn't about me, it doesn’t matter if we play Millwall or Watford or whoever, we want to get the three points.

"The big atmosphere could change the game a bit but we must go out and get a result. I am not very busy with stats, we just want to go out there and play a good game, let the fans enjoy the game and get a result.

"The support is going to be more lively and that makes that more enjoyable. It is all about how we play, how we start and how we finish the game."

Team news

Ian Holloway will be missing defender Andy Wilkinson, who serves the second match of a three-game suspension after his sending off in Millwall's 2-2 draw with Blackburn.

The two Scotts - left-back Malone and frontman McDonald - have both been receiving treatment this week for minor muscle problems, as has ex-Charlton striker Ricardo Fuller.

Nicky Bailey's hopes of returning to action against his former club were dashed this week when the midfielder sustained a small tear to his right calf muscle just days after returning to training following an injury to his left calf. However, fellow midfielder Angel Martinez could be included in the senior squad having recovered from a calf injury. Angel, previously with Blackpool, has yet to make an appearance for The Lions since joining the club on a one -year contract in September. Carlos Edwards (knee) remains a long-term absentee.

Charlton will hand a late fitness test to top-scorer Igor Vetokele, who is struggling with a calf injury. The striker has hit eight goals in 15 appearances and will be determined to play in his first south London derby.

Boss Bob Peeters, who used to play for Millwall, welcomes back midfielder Frederic Bulot from international duty with Gabon, whilst left-back Rhoys Wiggins (foot) and striker Simon Church (shoulder) remain in the treatment room.

Head-to-head

Saturday's match marks the 69th meeting between Millwall and Charlton Athletic - all of which have been in the League. So far, The Lions hold a significant advantage results-wise with 33 victories to Charlton's 11 successes with the remaining 24 fixtures finishing all-square.

In recent years Millwall have certainly held the upper hand results-wise with Charlton's last win coming some 18 years ago when goals from Lee Bowyer and a rare Carl Leaburn effort secured a 2-0 home victory in March 1996. There was a lengthy gap before the two teams locked horns again, with the two teams sharing the spoils in an amazing 4-4 draw at The Valley on 19th December 2009 - Kenny Jackett's 10-men clinching a point thanks to Danny Schofield's 94th-minute leveller.

Since then, The Lions have won three and drawn two games against The Addicks during which they have not conceded a goal. 

Betting

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

Coverage

Unable to make it to The Valley? You can keep in touch with all the action in a number of different ways starting with the Lions Player team, who 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 #CAFCvMFC - Saturday's matchday hashtag.

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