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Preview: Millwall v Charlton Athletic

2 April 2015

All you need to know ahead of Friday's game

Millwall host near neighbours Charlton Athletic in a crunch derby clash at The Den on Good Friday (3pm).

Guy Luzon's Addicks are certainly the form team at the moment in the Championship, having won seven of their previous nine matches to move up to 11th in the table, 13 points off the Play-Off places.

The Lions, in comparison, are desperate to claim three points in a bid to not only end a 13 match win-less run at The Den, but at the same time keep alive any chance of avoiding relegation to League One.  

What the manager says

Neil Harris: "Charlton are going well, so of course this will be another big challenge, but I really feel, in spite of the position we're in, that we are on the up as a team. With the fans right behind us, as I know they will be, let's just see if we can go out there on Friday and prove it." Read more here

Team news

Neil Harris has skipper Alan Dunne available for selection again after he missed the last two matches against Brighton (0-0) and Brentford (2-2) through suspension. 

However Friday's game could be too soon for a trio of players to return. Midfielder Nicky Bailey was back in full training this week after recovering from a muscle spasm, with Lee Martin (metatarsal) and Paris Cowan-Hall (ankle) both making good progress.      

Charlton hope to have defenders Chris Solly and Rhoys Wiggins available for selection. Solly got injured in the warm-up of their last match against Reading, whilst Wiggins has been missing with a troublesome calf. Midfielder Johnnie Jackson (leg) is also hoping to return, although Franck Moussa remains sidelined with a knee injury. Midfielder Yoni Buyens, who picked up his 10th booking of the season in the Reading game, starts a two-match suspension and misses both the Millwall and Fulham fixtures.

Head-to-head

Friday's match marks the 70th meeting between Millwall and Charlton Athletic - all of which have been in the League. So far, The Lions hold an advantage results-wise with 33 victories to Charlton's 11 successes. The remaining 25 fixtures have finished all-square.

In recent years Millwall have enjoyed some fair results against Charlton, whose last win came 19 years ago when goals from Lee Bowyer and a rare Carl Leaburn effort secured a 2-0 victory in March 1996. There was a lengthy gap before the two teams locked horns again, sharing eight goals in an amazing 4-4 draw at The Valley on 19th December 2009. On that occasion the 10-men of Millwall clinched a point thanks to Danny Schofield's 94th-minute leveller. 

Since then, The Lions have won three and drawn three games against The Addicks. 

Betting

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

Travel

Don't forget that there are major engineering works affecting train services in south east London over the Easter weekend. Full details here

Coverage

Unable to make it to The Den? 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 #MFCvCAFC - Friday's matchday hashtag.

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