Good Friday's match-up analysed...
Millwall and Northampton Town meet for the 89th time in a crucial Sky Bet League One encounter at The Den this Good Friday (kick-off 3pm).
After wrestling their way back inside the top six with seven points from their last nine, The Lions head into the Easter period knowing that two positive results against The Cobblers and Fleetwood Town on Monday could strengthen their grip on a place in the end-of-season lottery.
The visitors, meanwhile, have enjoyed an up and down campaign since gaining promotion from League Two last season and whilst they are not mathematically safe from the drop, Justin Edinburgh's men can surely look forward to another year in the third tier.
Millwall have enjoyed dominance in this particular fixture, with 45 wins to The Cobblers' 26. There have been 17 draws.
Neil Harris' outfit secured a hard-fought 3-1 victory at Sixfields earlier this season. Lee Gregory opened the scoring in the 32nd minute and after Jak McCourt saw red for the home side shortly into the second-half, Calum Butcher extended the lead with his first goal for the club on the hour-mark.
Marc Richards pulled one back for the 10-men with 10 minutes remaining, but Steve Morison's delightful lob made the game safe late on.
The last two Den fixtures between both sides have gone the way of The Lions. In October 2015, Aiden O'Brien and Gregory ensured a safe passage into the next round of the EFL Trophy in a 2-0 victory, whilst in March 2009, Gary Alexander netted the only goal in a 1-0 win.
A Christophe Kinet hat-trick helped Millwall towards the next round of the LDV Vans Trophy in December 2001, whilst later that season, Kinet was on target once more in a ding-dong 3-3 draw at Sixfields - Paul Moody and Neil Harris scored The Lions' other two goals.
Millwall's biggest victory over Northampton Town to date came in the League Cup in October 1967. After a goalless draw away from home, The Lions demolished The Cobblers at The old Den, with Dennis Burnett, Bobby Hunt, Billy Neil and George Jacks (2) on target in a 5-1 success.
Don't forget that Friday's match is the scene of the fifth annual Jimmy's Day at The Den. Bucket collections will be taking place around the ground before the game, with many other activities on offer for all attending. Click here
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