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Preview: Millwall v Derby County

25 April 2015

All you need to know about Saturday's big game

Relegation-threatened Millwall host Play-Off chasing Derby County at The Den on Saturday (3pm) in a game which will have a huge impact at both ends of the Championship table.

The two sides go into a huge match level both in desperate need of points. Millwall are one point clear of fourth-from-bottom Rotherham, who have a game in hand, whilst The Rams enjoy a superior goal difference on their rivals and effectively need two points from their remaining two games to cement a place in the top six.

It is not going to be a game for the faint-hearted for either set of fans, but both Lions interim boss Neil Harris and his Derby counterpart Steve McClaren are up for the challenge ahead.

What the managers say

Neil Harris: "It's the biggest game of the season for sure and we know we probably need to win our last two matches to stay up, so the target is clear. Against a very good Derby side, who have no shortage of firepower themselves, we need to be clinical in front of goal. If we're not we will struggle to get the win we need." Read more from Harris here.

Steve McClaren, whose squad have just returned from a four-day training camp in Spain, said: "This was a chance to have the group together over the course of a few days and we felt that it was something that we needed. Getting some hard work in on the training field and then having a meal together afterwards is something that we haven't been able to do enough of, because of the games we've had in the last few months." Read more from McClaren here

Team news

Millwall will still be without midfielders Ed Upson (suspension) and Shaun Williams (foot), although Martyn Woolford, who sustained a broken nose in the midweek game at Blackburn Rovers, will wait until the summer to have this re-set and is available for selection.

Right-back Shaun Cummings (groin) remains sidelined with Alan Dunne set to continue in defence.

Neil Harris has no other injury concerns, though long-term absentee Carlos Edwards remains sidelined.

Former Lions defender Zak Whitbread (hamstring) and Craig Bryson (thigh) are both ruled out of action for Derby tomorow.

Craig Forsyth could get the nod ahead of Raul Albentosa to replace Whitebread at centre-half, whilst Simon Dawkins is set to start in midfield alongside Will Hughes and Jeff Hendrick.

Top scorer Chris Martin is set to return to the squad, but may start on the bench after a spell out with a hamstring injury.

Head to head

Saturday's fixture will be the 52nd meeting between Derby and Millwall - and there is nothing to split the clubs going into the game with 19 wins apiece in all competitions.

In League action, though, it is Millwall who hold the superiority with 17 wins to 13 for Derby, though The Rams do have the better head-to-head record in Cup competitions.

The most recent encounter was a 0-0 draw at the iPro Stadium back in October when Aiden O'Brien made his full League debut for Millwall.


Lions fans can purchase their ticket right up to kick-off at The Den (3pm), but do get to your seats early as all the Player of the Year award presentations will start at approximately 2.40pm. For more details about this click here


For a comprehensive list of odds on the game, visit Sky Bet.


Unable to make it to The Den? Keep informed of all the action as it happens with full match commentary on Lions Player.

You can also follow updates via @MillwallFC, the club's official Twitter account. Get involved in the conversation before, during and after the game using #MFCvDCFC.

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