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Preview: Millwall vs. Derby County - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews the Championship clash between Millwall and Derby County, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Millwall host Derby County at The Den on Saturday as both sides look to mount a late charge on the Championship playoff places.

The eighth- and 12th-placed teams, respectively, will be hoping to take advantage of Preston North End's poor form of late and claim a top-six spot for their own.

Match preview

Millwall's Matt Smith celebrates scoring against Nottingham Forest on March 6, 2020© Reuters

Millwall have recorded the joint-most draws of any side in the Championship this season with 15 - along with Cardiff City - and their recent form is indicative of that tendency.

In the eight league games they have played since the start of February, half have been stalemates, with just two defeats but only two victories.

However, Gary Rowett's side are eighth in the Championship table - just two points behind sixth-placed Preston - and a strong run of form could take them into the top six.

Replicating their 1-0 away win over Derby from earlier in the season would be a great way to generate some momentum, particularly given their strong record at The Den.

The reverse fixture was one of just two defeats suffered by Derby at Pride Park in the league this term, and Phillip Cocu's side may not feel confident of returning the favour by winning in London.

The Rams have picked up just 14 points from their 18 league games on the road this term, winning just three times and losing a whopping 10.

Only Charlton Athletic, Luton Town and Barnsley - the three sides in the relegation zone - have worse away records in the division than Cocu's side this season.

Derby are five points off the playoff spots and their inability to recreate their home performances on the road could see the teams ahead of them start to pull away in the hunt for promotion.

Millwall Championship form: DWLDDW

Derby County Championship form: LDDLWW
Derby County form (all competitions): DDLWDW

Team News

Derby manager Phillip Cocu on February 8, 2020© Reuters

Millwall manager Rowett is without three players ahead of this fixture.

Frank Fielding is not expected to return for over two months, but Ben Thompson could be fit again before the start of April.

Mason Bennett will not be eligible to feature as he is on loan from Derby.

Meanwhile, Derby head coach Cocu has the same number of absentees to contend with.

Duane Holmes is due back in a few weeks, while Tom Huddlestone is being assessed and has an outside chance of featuring.

Krystian Bielik, however, is out for the rest of the season with a serious knee injury.

Millwall possible starting lineup:
Bialkowski; Romeo, Hutchinson, Cooper, M. Wallace; J. Wallace, Molumby, Woods, Ferguson; Bradshaw, Smith

Derby County possible starting lineup:
Hamer; Bogle, Wisdom, Clarke, Forsyth; Shinnie, Bird; Waghorn, Sibley, Knight; Martin

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We say: Millwall 0-0 Derby County

Derby have won their last two games and two of their last four on the road. Millwall's strength at home, having lost just three games at The Den this term, means the two sides could end up cancelling each other out.


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