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Preview: Millwall v Brentford

8 November 2014

All you need to know about Saturday's big game

It promises to be a very special occasion at The Den on Saturday when Millwall host Brentford in a game that both teams will be united in remembering the sacrifices made by British and Allied servicemen and women during a century of conflict since the outbreak of the First World War in August 1914.

The Millwall team will be wearing a unique commemorative camouflage kit, sanctioned by the Football League, for this Sky Bet Championship fixture, whilst The Bees will be wearing special shirts with a Poppy on the front.

The beneficiary of funds raised from sales of Millwall's kit is the Headley Court Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre in Surrey, who will have some service personnel as our special guests at The Den.

The Lions head into action on the back of a gutsy 2-2 draw with Blackburn Rovers on Tuesday night, when Ian Holloway's side came from 2-0 and a man down to secure a share of the spoils with late goals from lee Martin (72mins) and Shaun Williams (88mins). Barely 24 hours later, Mark Warburton's Bees left the City ground buzzing after goals from Jon Toral, Andre Gray and an Alex Pritchard penalty clinched a fine 3-1 victory over Nottingham Forest.

What the managers say

Ian Holloway: "There is still plenty to work on; two magnificent comebacks against Wolves and Blackburn wouldn't have been necessary if we had defended set-pieces better, so you can be sure we will be working, and working and working on that aspect of our game. " Read more from Ollie in Saturday's edition of The Lion.

Mark Warburton: "It is important for players to get just rewards and come to a ground of this stature (Nottingham Forest), a club of this stature, and get that type of performance and result, that was pleasing indeed. Saturday is a big game for Tony Craig. He's well-liked down there and loves that club as well. He's got a job to do and is an ultimate pro. His only focus will be getting three points for Brentford."

Team news

Ian Holloway will be without right-back Andy Wilkinson, whose appeal against his red card in Tuesday night's draw with Blackburn Rovers was rejected by the FA on Thursday evening. The on-loan Stoke City defender will now miss Millwall's next three matches starting against Brentford. Alan Dunne is the most likely replacement, although young Josh Siafa and Justin Hoyte are other options. Midfielders Jimmy Abdou and Richard Chaplow have both featured at right-back this season too.

Up front The Lions welcomed back Lee Gregory, Mathias Ranegie and Magaye Gueye to the squad for the Blackburn game following injury, with both Gregory and Gueye featuring as second-half subs. The match is probably too soon for Nicky Bailey (calf), although Angel Martinez (calf) is back in full training. Carlos Edwards (knee) remains a long-term absentee.

Brentford will check on the fitness of Harlee Dean (ankle) and Moses Odubajo (hip) after the duo picked up knocks at Nottingham Forest.

However Bees boss Warburton is confident they will be OK, whilst Jon Toral has been given the all-clear to play, despite suffering a cut to the head before he was withdrawn at the City Ground. Midfielder Jonathan Douglas serves a one-match ban after racking up his fifth booking of the season.


Saturday's match marks the 62nd meeting between Millwall and Brentford - and there is literally nothing to separate the sides with 21 wins to Brentford and 20 for Millwall in all competitions so far. The remaining 20 encounters have finished all square, although The Lions remain unbeaten in their last eight games against The Bees.

Brentford have adjusted superbly to life in the Championship, and their excellent 3-1 win at Nottingham Forest on Wednesday night was their third victory in a six-game run that has moved the club to within two points of the Play-Offs.


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


Unable to make it to The Den? The Lions Player team will once again be bringing you full match commentary from 14.55pm. 

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 #MFCvBFC - Saturday's matchday hashtag.


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