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PREVIEW: Watford v Millwall

31 October 2014

All you need to know about Saturday's game

Millwall's trip to Watford has been designated as The Hornets' special Remembrance Matchday - and the host club will be wearing a special commemorative black and white strip for the occasion, with The Lions in their yellow kit.

Watford have urged all supporters to be in their seats by 2.50pm with the two teams walking out onto the field at the earlier than usual time of 2.52pm. Full details of the pre-match itinerary can be found here

The game itself offers the opportunity for Millwall to gain revenge for last season's 4-0 thumping at Vicarage Road on Boxing Day, a match in which The Lions were reduced to 10 men with barely 10 minutes on the clock when Danny Shittu was sent off for a foul on Troy Deeney. The striker scored the resulting spot-kick with further goals from Fernando Forestieri, Ikechi Anya and Lewis McGugan putting the seal on a comfortable win.

What the managers say

Ian Holloway: "We know we're up against it but it is a game I am really looking forward to, taking them on and trying to stop their strike-force of Troy Deeney and Vydra and cause them some problems of our own at the other end.

"I think the lads deserve to enjoy a performance with the reward of some points because we've played really well in recent weeks and haven't got what I felt we deserved." Listen to Ollie in full on Lions Player here.

Slavisa Jokanovic: "I'm very happy with how the team is working, we have worked hard and have another day in front of us to be ready for Saturday's game. But I expect we can do better than my first three games and we can take steps forward.

"I am an optimist. I believe we can improve, but there is a difficult Championship team in front of us on Saturday. Easy games don't exist in the Championship and this is nothing new. We have a busy week coming up with three games and anything can happen." Read more from Jokanovic  here.

Team news

Ian Holloway will welcome back skipper Alan Dunne, who has served a one-match suspension after picking up his fifth booking of the campaign in the 0-0 draw with Wigan. Matthew Briggs (thigh) hobbled off during Millwall's 1-0 win against Cardiff City last Saturday, but hopes to be available for selection. Angel Martinez has returned to training having sustained a calf injury last month to bolster the options in a midfield still missing Nicky Bailey (calf). Carlos Edwards (knee) remains a long-term absentee.

Head-to-head

Saturday's match marks the 99th meeting between Millwall and Watford - and The Lions hold the upper hands stats-wise with 41 wins to Watford's 30 in all competitions so far. The remaining 27 matches have finished all-square, including last time out when a dramatic injury-time goal from Martyn Woolford clinched a crucial point in a 2-2 draw at The Den in April.

The Hertfordshire club are unbeaten in their last eight Championship matches and have yet to lose in the League on home turf this season, although Doncaster Rovers had the temerity to secure a 2-1 Capital One Cup success back in August.

Betting

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

Coverage

Unable to make it to Vicarage Road? 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 #WFCvMFC - Saturday's matchday hashtag.

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