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Apr 5, 2021 at 3pm UK at Bet365 Stadium
StokeStoke City
1-2
MillwallMillwall
Brown (41')
Batth (37')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Wallace (36'), Bennett (71')
Wallace (90+3')

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

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

Something has to give at the bet365 Stadium on Monday afternoon as Stoke City and Millwall both look to extend their winning streaks in the Championship.

Both sides have won back-to-back league matches and are locked on the same number of points in mid-table, with the top six not yet out of reach.


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Stoke City's Jacob Brown celebrates scoring their first goal on March 20, 2021© Reuters

Stoke's wins over Derby County and Bristol City either side of the international break has lifted them up to 11th, eight points adrift of the playoffs.

Goals from Nick Powell and Fletcher in either half earned the Potters a routine victory at Ashton Gate in Friday's clash with Bristol City.

A top-six finish is not entirely out of the question just yet, but Michael O'Neill's men will have to win the vast majority of their remaining seven games for that to happen.

City have kept clean sheets in those two victories and also held Cardiff City 0-0, making it three shutouts on the spin.

At home, meanwhile, they have won four of their last five - the exception being a 2-1 loss to Swansea City - keeping a clean sheet in each of those victories.

Millwall's Shaun Hutchinson celebrates after scoring their first goal on March 13, 2021© Reuters

Millwall also enter this game on the back of consecutive wins without conceding, following up victory against Middlesbrough with a win by the same 1-0 scoreline versus Rotherham United.

Jed Wallace fired Gary Rowett's men to victory against Rotherham after Richard Wood was earlier sent off, though Bartosz Bialkowski deserves just as much credit as the goalscorer as he saved a late penalty.

Away from home, Millwall have won only one of their last four and went down 3-2 to London rivals Queens Park Rangers in their most recent away game.

The Lions have found the net in each of their last 10 away league games, however, which is the longest current ongoing such run in the Championship.

If Millwall are to keep their own faint playoff hopes alive then they will have to improve on a return of just one win in their last 11 league meetings with Stoke.

Stoke City Championship form:
  • L
  • W
  • L
  • D
  • W
  • W

Millwall Championship form:
  • W
  • L
  • W
  • L
  • W
  • W



Team News

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

James McClean was back in the matchday squad for Stoke's win at Bristol City after recovering from a foot injury, but he was an unused substitute at Ashton Gate.

The Irishman is in contention to return to the side on Monday, while Joe Allen's season-long layoff will likely see Powell continue to operate in central midfield.

Jacob Brown partnered Steven Fletcher last time out, but Sam Vokes - a second-half substitute at Ashton Gate - is in contention to return to the lineup here.

As for the visitors, Ryan Leonard remains sidelined, but Maikel Kieftenbeld and Kenneth Zohore returned from injury as substitutes against Rotherham.

Shaun Hutchinson left the pitch in the first half on Friday and could be replaced by Alex Pearce here.

Connor Mahoney and Jon Dadi Bodvarsson are two others pushing for inclusion at the bet365 Stadium.

Stoke City possible starting lineup:
Davies; Chester, Souttar, Batth; Smith, Powell, Mikel, Thompson, Norrington-Davies; Vokes, Fletcher

Millwall possible starting lineup:
Bialkowski; Pearce, Wallace, Cooper; McNamara, Evans, Woods, Mitchell, Malone; Bennett, Wallace


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We say: Stoke City 0-0 Millwall

Stoke and Millwall have won back-to-back matches and they are level on points in the table, making this one very tough to call.

Both sides have strong defensive records of late, while three of the last four league meetings between Stoke and Millwall have ended goalless, so we are backing a stalemate here.



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13Preston North EndPreston46187214956-761
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18Birmingham CityBirmingham461313203761-2452
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21Derby CountyDerby461111243658-2244
22Wycombe WanderersWycombe461110253969-3043
23Rotherham UnitedRotherham46119264460-1642
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