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Millwall v Gillingham - the stats

28 December 2016

Friday night's game in numbers

Like any game regarded as a home derby Millwall/Gillingham clashes inevitably generate a high degree of excitement and expectation. And the tumultuous atmosphere, whether at The Den or Priestfield, can often exhort the protagonists on the field to extraordinary feats.

Goalless draws between these two old adversaries are rare and scores of three or four for either team are almost de rigueur for the highly charged encounters - and it could be more of the same when The Lions and Gills lock horns at The Den this Friday night (7.45pm).

The Gills currently lie in 13th place in the table, seven places and four points behind a Lions team on the prowl for a third successive home win.

Whilst the past three and a bit weeks has seen Neil Harris' boys

in action on six occasions, including five matches at The Den, it has been a relatively light December for The Gills who have played just three times.
In previous encounters there is clear air between Millwall and their close neighbours. Out of 97 previous meetings The Lions have won 49, compared to Gillingham's 27 victories, with 21 ending in a draw.

Memories of their last meeting will still be fresh in the minds of home supporters who were spared a Checkatrade Trophy penalty shoot-out by the timely intervention of Steve Morison, who extinguished Gillingham hopes with just two minutes to play.

On that Tuesday night in October it was The Lions who secured a 2-1 Southern Section Group H victory, but not before the early goal monster has reared it's head yet again.

Harris had used the occasion to give some valuable playing time to some of his younger recruits. In all, seven changes were made game at Walsall, including a senior debut for teenage defender James Brown.

It was former Lion Josh Wright who got The Gills off to a flying start in the 17th minute, however, they were denied the comfort of a half-time lead when Fred Onyedinma headed home from close range after keeper Stuart Nelson failed to deal with a cross.

Both teams cancelled each other out in the second half, but it was a moment of quality from Morison, in the 88th minute, that brought the curtain down on Gillingham hopes. The Millwall striker out-sprinted his marker to tee himself up for a low shot past the helpless Nelson and snatch victory for The Lions.

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. @MillwallFC from 7.40pm. Updates are also available on the club's official Twitter account Lions PlayerHD Don't forget that tickets are on general sale up until kick-off, but if you are unable to get to The Den on Friday night, all the action from the match will be covered by full commentary on 

Millwall are priced 17/20 to win the game, with Gillingham 16/5 and a draw 13/5.  

 to repeat that feat and score the last goal of the night on Friday whilst Onyedinma, also on target against Gillingham last time out, is 13/2 to score first or last and 9/4 any time. Sky BetMorison is 11/8 with 

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