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Match preview: Millwall v Birmingham

30 September 2014

Read our in-depth look ahead to tonight's game at The Den

Millwall will be looking to end the month on a high with all three points against Birmingham City at The Den tonight (7.45pm).

Saturday's 2-1 loss at Huddersfield stretched a winless run to four games for The Lions, whilst Birmingham arrive in SE16 without a League victory in seven after losing at home to Fulham at the weekend.

The two sides sit 16th and 21st in the Championship respectively with a total of four points between them.

Views from both camps

Ian Holloway: "The positive start we made to the season means that we're only two good results away from the top end of the table, which is where we all want to be. We have 11 points in the bag and I'm looking for a reaction from the lads and to get up and get going again - starting tonight." Read more from boss Ollie by clicking here.

Steve Watson: "For some reason, which we find very difficult to put our finger on, the lads seem to take a step backwards and panic a little bit. We know it's (Millwall) a tough place to go, but we also know we've been there and done well before." Read more from Birmingham's assistant manager by clicking here.

Team news

Millwall will be without midfielder Nicky Bailey, who tore a calf muscle at the John Smith's Stadium on Saturday. Lee Martin (knee) and Angel Martinez (calf) remain sidelined, as does long-term absentee Carlos Edwards. 

As a result of Edwards' injury, which was picked up in the 0-0 draw with Nottingham Forest, Justin Hoyte is pushing for his first start of the season at right-back.

Blues boss Lee Clark will have to do without Jonathan Spector, who picked up a thigh injury in their defeat to Fulham at the weekend. Neal Eardley, Gavin Gunning, Matt Green and Lee Novak, who all have knee injuries, also miss out.

Head-to-head

Millwall and Birmingham have met on 41 previous occasions and it is The Blues who hold the upper hand with 20 wins to just nine for The Lions in all competitions. Millwall haven't beaten Birmingham since a 2-0 success in April 1996 - a run of 14 matches without a win.

The most recent meeting was at The Den back in March when Lee Clark's men came away with a 3-2 victory.

Coverage

As ever we will have every kick covered with full match commentary on Lions Player from 7.40pm.

As well, you can follow live updates on the club's official Twitter feed @MillwallFC. Join the conversation by tagging your tweets with #MFCvBCFC

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