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Match preview | Millwall v West Brom

29 August 2016

All you need to know about Tuesday night's game

Millwall host West Brom when the new-look Checkatrade Trophy kicks-off on Tuesday night - with an air of curiosity around the game.

Previously known as the Johnstone's Paint Trophy, the competition has been given a total makeover with 16 category one academies invited to play against League One and League Two opposition as part of a one-season, 64-team trial.

The Checkatrade Trophy will have group stages this year - Millwall are in Group H along with tomorrow night's opponents West Brom, Gillingham and Luton - and the top two teams in each group will progress to the knockout stage.

Clubs will be awarded three points for a win and one point for a draw. In the event Tuesday night's game finishes level after 90 minutes, The Lions and Baggies will face a penalty shoot-out with the winning team earning an additional point.

It certainly promises to be an intriguing fixture at The Den in a game that pits last season's JPT Southern Area finalists Millwall against a young West Brom side that are going to be very much an unknown quantity.

The Baggies are likely field a team not dissimilar to the one that faced Wolves in a Professional Development 2 League fixture on Friday in a game that saw James Shan's side finish on the wrong end of a 3-1 scoreline.

In their previous match against Fulham a trio of senior Baggies players - Callum McManaman, Sebastien Pocognoli and Cristian Gamboa - all featured to get competitive match minutes under their belts. Tuesday night's tie at The Den could well see some senior squad players get a run-out to keep up their fitness levels. 

West Brom have a number of promising youngsters who are already knocking on the first-team door and the Checkatrade Trophy hands them an opportunity to impress first-team manager Tony Pulis. On Sunday 18-year-old Sam Field became the latest prospect to make his full Premier League debut for the Baggies in a 0-0 draw with Middlesbrough, playing 76 minutes and earning rave reviews for his midfield performance.

For all unfamiliar names that may be on the opposition team sheet tomorrow night, the only focus in The Lions camp will be to keep the momentum going from Saturday's excellent 3-1 away win at Chesterfield.

Den boss Harris was a substitute the last time Millwall and West Brom met in a competitive match back in April 2004 at The Den in a game that saw the promotion-chasing visitors finish with just nine men.

Danny Dichio headed Millwall into the lead on 19 minutes and the Albion were reduced to 10 men when Jason Koumas was shown a red card just before half-time. Andy Johnson then hauled the Baggies level nine minutes after the restart and despite both teams pressing for a winner, there were to be no further goals but a second Albion dismissal in the 90th-minute.

Thomas Gaardsoe was shown a straight red card by Scott Mathieson for pulling back Dichio as he broke into the penalty area. Having initially appeared to point to the spot, the ref then awarded a free-kick just outside the penalty area that Dennis Wise played to Harris, whose goal-bound shot was blocked.

That 1-1 result was the ninth game between the two teams to have finished all square, and the overall stats are very close. The Lions just edge matters with 14 wins to West Brom's 13, although the Baggies edge results in Cup competitions with three victories from four ties.

In terms of betting odd for Tuesday night's match, Sky Bet are currently offering prices for the overall winner only - Millwall (1/2), West Brom (5/1) and a draw (3/1).

Tickets for the game are available until the game kicks-off at 7.45pm from the Millwall ticket office priced at £5 adults and £1 U16s, but if you are unable to get to the game on Tuesday night, don't forget that all the action from The Den will be covered with full match commentary on Lions PlayerHD from 7.40pm. Updates are also available on the club's official Twitter account @MillwallFC

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