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Preview: Bristol City vs. Millwall - prediction, team news, lineups

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

Bristol City will endeavour to get their push for a playoff berth back on track when they play host to an out-of-sorts Millwall side on Tuesday evening in the Championship.

Dean Holden's side were put to the sword by Rotherham United at the weekend, whereas Millwall's winless run continued with a 3-0 defeat to Middlesbrough.


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Bristol City manager Dean Holden pictured in October 2020© Reuters

Inconsistent is the word for Bristol City at the moment, with Holden's side succumbing to defeat to an out-of-sorts Rotherham side only a few days after overcoming Blackburn Rovers in the second tier.

First-half goals from Matt Crooks and Michael Smith saw Rotherham condemn Bristol City to their sixth defeat of the league season, while Chris Martin saw his equaliser chalked off on a frustrating afternoon for Holden and co.

The Robins witnessed every side in the top six march to victory on matchday 18, but Bristol City sit just one point adrift of the playoff places despite winning two of their last six, with Holden's men currently enduring a mixed run of losing one then winning one in the Championship.

The Robins faithful are likely to see that run continue against Millwall this weekend, with the visitors slipping closer and closer to danger after a torrid spell of results in the past couple of months.

Millwall manager Gary Rowett pictured in July 2020© Reuters

Millwall hit the dreaded 10-game mark without a victory to their name at the weekend as Middlesbrough cruised to a 3-0 victory over Gary Rowett's strugglers on Saturday afternoon.

Duncan Watmore bagged a brace for Boro as Marcus Tavernier also netted in the opening 20 minutes, with Millwall unable to recover from that early flurry of goals as they dropped down to 17th in the table.

The Lions' relatively strong start to the season is a thing of the past now and Millwall have now tasted defeat in three of their last four matches in the Championship, although Rowett's men are still eight points clear of the drop zone and have no need to be pressing the panic button at this moment in time.

Bristol City have only managed to pick up one win from their last eight encounters with Millwall, with the Lions winning 2-1 away before the two clubs played out a 1-1 draw at The Den last season.

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Team News

Adam Nagy celebrates scoring for Bristol City against QPR in the Championship on December 1, 2020© Reuters

Bristol City left-back Jay Dasilva has seen his shin problems flare up again in the last few days and did not play a part against Rotherham - he remains a major doubt here as well.

Jamie Paterson is unlikely to be cleared for the visit of Millwall as well, while the likes of Alfie Mawson, Liam Walsh, Steven Sessegnon and Joe Williams remain out.

Famara Diedhiou will be hoping to feature from the off after being brought on at half time against Rotherham, while the veteran Chris Brunt is also a potential starter.

With regards to Millwall, Kenneth Zohore and Billy Mitchell are unlikely to return before the end of the year, while Connor Mahoney is sidelined for this one as well.

Alex Pearce lasted just 24 minutes before being hauled off against Boro - by which point Millwall were already 3-0 down - and the defender's replacement Jon Dadi Bodvarsson is vying for a start here.

Bristol City possible starting lineup:
Bentley; Hunt, Vyner, Kalas, Rowe; Nagy, Brunt, O'Dowda; Semenyo, Diedhiou, Wells

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


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We say: Bristol City 2-1 Millwall

Bristol City were not at the races against Rotherham, but Holden's men should have no such trouble on their own turf against a lowly Millwall outfit. The hosts do have a plethora of injuries to contend with, and while Rowett has demanded a reaction from his side at Ashton Gate, we do not expect the Lions to make the journey back to the capital with something to show for their efforts.


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