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Preview: Millwall v Sheffield Wednesday

24 February 2015

All you need to know about tonight's big game

Millwall host Sheffield Wednesday this evening determined to record a first home win in 11 matches and boost hopes of avoiding the dreaded drop with a three-point haul.

The Lions secured an excellent fourth clean sheet in the last six games - and 13th in all this season - with a 0-0 draw against relegation rivals Fulham at the weekend.

However Millwall's frustrating lack of victories on home soil has seen The Lions not record a maximum three point haul since 25th October, when Danny Shittu's header secured a 1-0 success against Cardiff City.

Saturday's result against Fulham leaves Ian Holloway's side on 31 points, three adrift of fourth from bottom Rotherham (34pts) and Brighton (34pts), the latter of whom are one place ahead on goal difference.

Fulham (36pts), Bolton (37pts) and Cardiff City (38pts) fill the next three spaces in the table, but The Lions will be concentrating on their game - and theirs alone - when The Owls visit this evening.   

What the managers say 

Ian Holloway: "Our home form hasn't been good enough but with the way we are playing I'm sure we can turn it around soon, hopefully starting tonight.

"I thought we deserved to win against Fulham at the weekend. Maybe I am biased, but that is as good as we have been. I think that's the most crosses we have had for a long, long time here. Unfortunately we have had 16 efforts at goal, but only got four on target so that is what we have got to look at, that is what we have got to work on.

"We had spoken about crosses and getting bodies in the box. That was a marked improvement and on another day we could, and maybe should, have won the match quite comfortably.

"I do believe, however, we have the players here who will score us the goals we need between now and the end of the season."

Stuart Gray: "They are down there fighting and scrapping, but we have got to build on the performance we gave at Derby. I was looking for a reaction after being poor at Ipswich and there were positives we can take from the game.

"Derby are top of the league, we have given them a good game and we have to make sure we turn up on Tuesday. Any game you go to at Millwall, you have got to be prepared, mentally right and physically ready for the challenge."

Team news

Millwall midfielder Jimmy Abdou could start at right-back again after impressing in the role against Fulham on Saturday. Shaun Cummings (thigh) and long-term injured Carlos Edwards (knee) remain sidelined through injury. Holloway does have other options at right-back should he so wish, with skipper Dunne - who has been playing at centre-half - Sid Nelson and Justin Hoyte all possibilities.

On-loan striker Gary Taylor-Fletcher could start after making his debut as a second-half substitute at the weekend as Holloway looks to find that cutting edge up front.

Lee Martin (foot), and Paris Cowan-Hall (knee) miss out, whilst tonight's game is too soon for Nicky Bailey (calf), who played 90 minutes for the U21s on Monday night.

The Owls were unsuccessful in their appeal against Keiren Westwood's sending off at Derby so fellow keeper Chris Kirkland is poised for his first Championship start of the season.

Sergiu Bus (groin) missed the Derby game whilst Glenn Loovens (ankle) could also be sidelined this evening. Jose Semedo (toe infection) could return to the Wednesday squad.

Head-to-head

This evening's match will be the 44th meeting between the two clubs, and as it stands The Owls just edge the stats with 16 wins to Millwall's 14 in all competitions. The remaining 13 matches have finished all square.

You have to go back nine years to find Millwall's last victory against Wednesday, when goals from Barry Hayles and Carl Asaba secured a 2-1 victory at Hillsborough on 17th September 2005. 

Since then, The Owls have enjoyed greater success, winning three of the subsequent six games. The last five encounters have produced 16 goals, two of which came at Hillsborough in August, when a last-gasp 95th-minute Magaye Gueye goal secured a share of the spoils for Millwall.

Betting

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

Tickets

Tickets are on general sale and available to buy up until kick-off from the Millwall ticket office.

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 #MFCvSWFC

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