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Match preview: Ipswich v Millwall

12 September 2014

All you need to know ahead of Saturday's game at Portman Road

Millwall return to Sky Bet Championship action against Mick McCarthy's Ipswich Town at Portman Road on Saturday (3pm).

The Lions secured 10 points from the first 15 available ahead of the international break and will look to pick up where they left off after beating Blackpool last time out.

What the manager says

Ian Holloway: "It's always tough coming up against a Mick McCarthy team. He always gets his teams playing proper football and I've got massive respect for the job he is doing there. From our point of view there is a feel good factor about what we're trying to achieve together here and we have a game plan. We have two really tough away games coming up and it's a fantastic opportunity for us to see where we are."

Watch Ollie's pre-match interview on Lions Player

Team news

There could be a place in Millwall's squad for new signing Angel Martinez whilst fellow midfielder Ed Upson, who played all 90 minutes of Millwall U21s' game against Nottingham Forest on Monday,  is also pushing for inclusion in the 18.

The game will come to soon for Nicky Bailey, though, who is yet to return to full training following a calf problem.

Form

Millwall have lost just once in their opening five games and sit 5th in the Sky Bet Championship at this early stage of the season.

The Lions are unbeaten in their first two away trips; beating Fulham 1-0 and drawing 1-1 with Sheffield Wednesday in August.

Ipswich are 19th in the table having picked up one win in their first five fixtures. That came against Fulham on the opening day, and since then The Tractor Boys have lost against Reading and Norwich and drawn with Birmingham and Derby.

Head-to-head

The two sides have met on 50 previous occasions and it's Millwall who narrowly hold the upper hand with 19 wins to Ipswich's 18 in all competitions. The remaining 13 fixtures have ended all square.

The most recent meeting was in January of this year when a goal from Ryan Fredericks secured a 1-0 Millwall win - Ian Holloway's first victory in charge of The Lions.

The Suffolk side have won the last two meetings at Portman Road 3-0.

Coverage

Unable to make it to Portman Road? Don't miss a kick with live match commentary on Lions Player from 2.50pm.

You can also follow live updates on the club's official Twitter account @MillwallFC. Join the conversation by using #ITFCvMFC in your tweets.






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