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Preview | Millwall v Wigan Athletic

1 March 2016

All you need to know about tonight's big game

Millwall will look to close the gap on second placed Wigan Athletic when the two promotion hopefuls lock horns at The Den on Tuesday evening (7.45pm).

The Lions currently sit in fifth spot, eight points behind The Latics, who warmed up for this evening's match with a comfortable 3-0 win over Bury at the weekend.

Gary Caldwell's side have recovered from a mixed start to the season to slowly work their way up the League One table and face Millwall unbeaten in a 12-match run that dates back to before Christmas.

Victory for Wigan, coupled with a draw or defeat for current leaders Burton at Sheffield United, would see The Latics go top of the table.

However Neil Harris has ambitions of his own, and a three point haul for The Lions would not only cut down the distance with the top two to five points, but also extend Millwall's impressive run to one defeat in 10 games.

What the managers say

Neil Harris: "It's a big challenge for us and it should be a cracking game of football.

"I think they've been the most consistent side of late, them and ourselves. I said at the start of the season that any team who finishes above Wigan this year will get promoted and I haven't changed my opinion on that.

"They have got a huge squad, a big budget and some really good players. That's the challenge, not just for us but for all teams in this league to compete with."

Gary Caldwell: " "

It's one of the toughest matches in our recent run of games, and is one of the toughest matches we will face all season. Going away to Millwall is never easy. They are playing well and their results are good at the moment.

"We are two of the form teams in the league, so it sets us up for a very exciting and entertaining game."

Team news

Millwall manager Neil Harris is keeping his selection options close to his chest ahead of tonight's top-of-the-table clash at The Den.

Midfielder Ed Upson will be assessed before the game having missed the last two matches with a hamstring injury.

Fellow midfielder Shaun Williams returned to the squad for Saturday's 1-1 draw at Rochdale following suspension, whilst U21s regular Christian Mbulu made a first appearance as a non-playing sub in the same game.

Shaun Cummings remains sidelined while Tony Craig is a long-term absentee.

Wigan boss Gary Caldwell could be tempted to stick with the same starting XI that brushed aside Bury 3-0 at the weekend.

Michael Jacobs, Samni Odelusi, Reece James and Donervon Daniels all remain sidelined.

Head-to-head

Millwall have the advantage over their Lancashire rivals with 12 wins in 28 previous encounters. The Latics have come out on top on seven occasions and the remaining nine meetings have ended in a draw.

When we last met

The two teams last met in September 2015 in a 2-2 draw at the DW Stadium when Will Grigg scored a dramatic equaliser in stoppage time for Wigan to deny Millwall a third straight away League victory.

Michael Jacobs had given the home side a 54th-minute lead, only for Fred Onyedinma to rifle in Jimmy Abdou's blocked effort before Mark Beevers headed Millwall in front with 16 minutes left.

But The Lions were denied all three points in the second minute of injury-time when Grigg poked home Tim Chow's cross to seal a point.

Wigan Athletic: O’Donnell; Daniels, Barnett, McCann; Chow, Power (Grigg, 77mins), Perkins, Murray (Francisco, 46mins), James (Odelusi, 85mins) Jacobs; Hiwula. Subs not used: Jaaskelainen, Kellett, Morgan, Hendry.

Millwall: Archer, Edwards, Craig, Beevers, Webster, Williams, Upson (Onyedinma, 63mins), Abdou, Ferguson (Morison, 63mins), O’Brien (Thompson, 82mins), Gregory. Subs not used: Forde, J Martin, L Martin, Marquis.

Coverage

Unable to make it to the game tonight? As ever Lions PlayerHD will be bringing you full match commentary so you can keep up-to-date with all the action from The Den. To tune in click here.

You can also follow updates via @MillwallFC, the club's official Twitter account.

Betting

Sky Bet have priced Wigan as slight favourites at 6/4 to win this evening's crunch clash, with Millwall priced at 7/4. You can get 23/10 for honours to be even.  

Both Lions striker Lee Gregory and his Latics counterpart Will Grigg are 5/1 to score the first goal of the evening, whilst Jed Wallace is 10/1 to bag his first goal in a Millwall shirt.

Find a comprehensive list of odds on the game by clicking here.

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