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Millwall v Charlton - the stats

21 December 2016

All you need to know about tonight's Den derby

You need a crowbar to separate Millwall and Charlton at the moment.  Both teams are floating in mid-table. Both have played 21 games and both have a tally of 28 points. The only factor which enables The Lions' old adversary to look down with the thinnest veneer of self-satisfaction is the small matter of goal difference.

But viewed through the historical prism the aforementioned crowbar is totally unnecessary. You could drive the Millwall bus between the two sides and still have room to spare. The teams have met 70 times in all competitions with The Lions streaking ahead by several bus lengths. The Lions have won the day in 34 of their previous meetings, with The Addicks choking in their dust on 11 wins, and 25 ending in a draw.

Even the recent history between the two teams tells it's own story. Those of you who remember the 'Eric Cantona incident' at Selhurst Park, way back in 1995, may also remember the last time The Addicks claimed all three points against their South London neighbours.

That was over 20 years ago, and despite Charlton's minimal advantage over The Lions in the current table, recent form - The Addicks are currently five games without a win - will count for nothing this evening.

The last time the teams met was 3rd April 2015 at The Den, when just short of 15,000 fans roared The Lions on to a 2-1 win.

Millwall's prospects were improved significantly early on in that game when Addicks defender Chris Solly was shown a red card for handling in the area. However, Lee Gregory squandered the resulting penalty and The Lions failed to capitalise on their man advantage.

Charlton managed to regroup during the break and came out fighting. In the 59th minute midfielder Alou Diarra ghosted into the box to flick home Morgan Fox's cross and put The Addicks ahead against the odds.

It wasn't until the 79th minute that Millwall finally breached the Charlton goal. Substitute Magaye Gueye unleashed a stinging angled drive that flew beyond the reach of keeper Henderson to level the scores.

And Gueye played a significant role in Millwall's second goal. When his thudding close-range effort was parried away by the keeper midfielder Jos Hooiveld was first to the ball to hammer home from close range in the 87th minute of the game.

Pandemonium ensued with every Lions fan in the stadium cheering their team on to the final whistle. It was Millwall's first home win since October 25th the previous year and gave a much needed shot in the arm to their fight against relegation at the end of the 2014/15 season.

The Lions are 10/11 with Sky Bet to win tonight's game, with Charlton 3/1 and a draw 5/2.

if you reckon that, like Hooiveld, Millwall's central defenders are going to pop up and weigh in with a goal, skipper Tony Craig is 33/1 to score first or last and Shaun Hutchinson is 40/1 to score first or last, and 14/1 any time/. Top scorer Aiden O'Brien is 7/4 to score any time.

If you are unable to get to The Den this evening, don't forget that all the action from the match will be covered with full commentary on Lions PlayerHD from 7.40pm. Updates are also available on the club's official Twitter account @MillwallFC

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