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Preview: Millwall v Fulham

21 February 2015

All you need to know about Saturday's big game

Millwall host London rivals Fulham on Saturday looking to record a first 'double' of the season and at the same time boost their survival hopes with victory against their fellow strugglers.

Holloway's side, who edged to a 1-0 win at Craven Cottage back in August, currently have 30 points, just one point behind fourth-from-bottom Brighton (31pts) and five points away from Fulham (35pts).

With Rotherham (34pts), Charlton (36pts) and a trio of clubs - Reading, Bolton and Cardiff - on 37 points, the fight for Championship survival is turning into one of the most open for some years. Even teams as high up the table as 10th-placed Nottingham Forest (41pts) are closer points-wise to the relegation zone than the Play-Off spots.  

Prior to Saturday's narrow defeat at Leeds courtesy of a deflected Alex Mowatt free-kick, The Lions had recorded back-to-back 1-0 wins on their travels. It has been the wretched run of results on home soil that has proved a hindrance this season. Millwall's last home victory came back in October against Cardiff City, one of only three home League successes for The Lions since August.

What the managers say

Ian Holloway: "We couldn't quite convert our chances at Leeds but if we keep creating those types of opportunities then I strongly believe we will convert them and score some goals.

"We have two home games coming up now and we need to repeat our last few away performances at The Den. We're all desperate for our fans to see some wins at home and we have a chance now to try and do that."

Kit Symons: "It"s always a good, very competitive match and the atmosphere is always good there. It gets lively at The Den and I've always quite enjoyed it there. There's always that little bit of extra edge in a London derby." 

Team news

Millwall boss Ian Holloway will be forced to reshuffle his defensive pack after right-back Shaun Cummings sustained a thigh injury at Leeds United last weekend and will now be sidelined for at least four weeks. 

Skipper Alan Dunne could revert from a central defensive role to fill the right-back berth in Cummings' absence, although Jimmy Abdou has slotted in to that position on a couple of times previously this season. Sid Nelson, available after completing a three-match ban before the Leeds game, featured for The Lions at right-back during pre-season and is also in contention.

Holloway is likely to try and minimise changing a back four that has kept three clean sheets in the last five Championship matches.

Striker Gary Taylor-Fletcher, who penned a loan deal until the end of the season from Leicester City on Friday morning, has been added to the Millwall squad alongside midfielder Michael Tonge, ineligible to face his parent club Leeds last weekend.

Cottagers boss Kit Symons has no new injury problems with midfielder Scott Parker set to continue having returned to the first team fold following injury in last weekend's 2-1 home defeat by Ipswich Town. Strikers Ross McCormack and Hugo Rodallego look set to continue up front, although Bryan Ruiz is another option having returned to the squad for the Ipswich game after the collapse of a loan move to Levante.

Head-to-head

Saturday's meeting will be the 42nd between Millwall and Fulham the first at The Den 17th October 1998. On that occasion an 89th-minute goal from Kit Symons, now manager at Craven Cottage, secured a 1-0 win against a Lions side reduced to 10 men following the 41st-minute sending off of defender Jamie Stuart.

Millwall's last victory over the West London club was a 1-0 win at Craven Cottage in August 2014 courtesy of Martyn Woolford's first-half strike.

In total, Fulham have won 16 of the previous 41 encounters to Millwall's 14, with the remaining 11 finishing in draws.

Betting

Find a comprehensive list of odds on the game with Sky Bet.

Coverage

Unable to make it to The Den? The Lions Player team will be bringing you full match commentary from 7.40pm. 

We will also have all of the usual updates on @MillwallFC, the club's official Twitter account. Get involved with the discussion before, during and after the game by tagging your tweets with #MFCvFFC

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