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Jan 12, 2021 at 7.45pm UK at Vitality Stadium
BournemouthBournemouth
1-1
MillwallMillwall
Solanke (45+1')
Lerma (82')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Smith (79')
Cooper (29'), Leonard (69')

Preview: Bournemouth vs. Millwall - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Tuesday's Championship clash between Bournemouth and Millwall, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Bournemouth take on Millwall in the Championship on Tuesday, with this representing a fixture which has been rescheduled from its original Boxing Day slot due to a COVID-19 outbreak in the Millwall squad.

The two sides appear to have different aims this season, with Bournemouth fighting for an automatic promotion slot, and Millwall increasingly looking over their shoulders at the relegation positions in the table.


Match preview

Bournemouth manager Jason Tindall pictured in December 2020© Reuters

Bournemouth have had an excellent start to life under Jason Tindall, who replaced Eddie Howe as manager after the club's relegation from the Premier League last season.

The Cherries currently occupy third spot in the table, but a win against Millwall on Tuesday would see them move ahead of Swansea City into the second automatic promotion spot with the same amount of games played.

Tindall made 10 changes from the side which beat Stoke City 1-0 last weekend when beating Oldham Athletic 4-1 in the FA Cup third round, with Joshua King's brace adding gloss to David Brooks and Rodrigo Riquelme's strikes either side of half time.

Like many sides which are relegated from the Premier League, and subsequently receive parachute payments to help them financially cushion the blow, Bournemouth have enviable squad depth compared to many of their opponents in England's second tier, which could prove crucial in helping them instantly return to the top flight.

Millwall manager Gary Rowett pictured in December 2020© Reuters

Having finished eighth in two of the previous three seasons, many fans and neutrals alike felt this could be the season which Millwall finally ended their long wait of competing in the Premier League.

However, a series of draws has stunted The Lions' hopes of achieving this, with Gary Rowett's side only taking 25 points from 21 games so far this campaign.

We have seen sides in worse positions at this stage of the season go on to achieve promotion, but in reality Millwall are simply not scoring enough goals to compete at the top end of the league. Indeed, their games have been a hard watch at times this season, with Rowett's side both scoring and conceding less than one goal per game on average, with all 10 of their draws ending 0-0 or 1-1.

One player Rowett would certainly have been hoping for more from is Troy Parrott, with the promising striker brought in on loan from Tottenham Hotspur in the summer transfer window to provide more of a goal threat in attacking areas. However, the Republic of Ireland international is yet to score in any of his nine league appearances for the club this season.

Bournemouth Championship form: DWWDLW
Bournemouth form (all competitions): WWDLWW

Millwall Championship form: LDLWDL
Millwall form (all competitions): DLWDLW


Team News

Millwall's Kenneth Zohore celebrates scoring against Preston North End in the Championship on October 28, 2020© Reuters

Bournemouth welcomed right-back Jack Stacey back to the side in the cup win against Oldham after the 24-year-old's knee injury had ruled him out of action since November.

Tindall appears to be in the enviable position of having no injury issues to contend with now, with King's first goals of the season in the cup win making him a real option once again.

Millwall, meanwhile, saw a player of their own return in the FA Cup win at Boreham Wood in the shape of Kenneth Zohore after a calf injury had kept the striker out since November.

With his side desperately struggling to score goals, Rowett will be delighted to have his experienced target man back as an option, but may ease him into things.

Murray Wallace is suspended after being sent off in injury time in the league defeat to Coventry City, with Scott Malone likely to come into the side at left-back.

Bournemouth possible starting lineup:
Begovic; Smith, S. Cook, Simpson, Kelly, Rico; Brooks, L. Cook, Lerma, Stanislas; Solanke

Millwall possible starting lineup:
Bialkowski; Romeo, Hutchinson, Cooper, Malone; Woods, Williams; Wallace, Bradshaw, Bennett; Bodvarsson


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We say: Bournemouth 1-0 Millwall

With Bournemouth much more defensively solid under Tindall, we can envisage a tight victory for the Cherries as they continue their march to promotion.

Dominic Solanke should be fresh having been rested at the weekend, with the striker looking full of confidence and quality at this level.


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How you voted: Bournemouth vs Millwall

Bournemouth
87.1%
Draw
4.0%
Millwall
8.9%
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