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Millwall v Burnley: The Big Preview

18 January 2013

Facts and stats ahead of the big game at The Den

Millwall v Burnley 

The Den

19/01/13 (kick-off 3pm)

OVERVIEW 

The Clarets head to the Den looking for a fourth win in five League games. 

Back-to-back victories since the turn of the year have put Sean Dyche’s men four points from the play-off places.

The Clarets are also yet to concede a League goal in 2013 following wins over Sheffield Wednesday and Crystal Palace.

A fifth away win of the season would also lift them above Millwall in the table with the Lions currently two points above Burnley in the table.


Kenny Jackett’s men are again punching impressively above their weight and following a disappointing December have won two – including an FA Cup win over Preston – and drawn one of their last three games.

Millwall have been beaten only once at home since September as they look to sustain a top-six push and nicked a point at Turf Moor at the end of that month when Darius Henderson grabbed an injury-time equaliser in a 2-2 draw.

The Lions have enjoyed something of a hoodoo over Burnley at Turf Moor in recent seasons but it has been a different story at the Den - which has undersoil heating - with the Clarets taking four points from their last two visits.

MILLWALL KEY MAN 

Andy Keogh is the Lions’ current top scorer with seven goals from 27 matches. 


The Irishman returned from injury last weekend and scored Millwall’s opening goal from the penalty spot in their 1-1 draw at Bolton.

And he is likely to have an increasingly important role to play following the end of Chris Wood’s loan spell at the end of December after the Kiwi had scored 11 times in 19 appearances.

FORM GUIDE (Championship)

Burnley: WDDLDDWLWW

Millwall: WWDLWDLLWD

LAST TIME OUT

Burnley 1 Crystal Palace 0 

Burnley: Grant, Trippier, Lafferty, Duff, Shackell, Edgar, Wallace (Bartley 82), Marney, Stanislas (Treacy 82) Vokes, Ings. Subs Not Used: Jensen, O’Neil, Long, Richards, MacDonald.

Crystal Palace: Speroni, Moxey, Delaney, Ramage, Parr, Bolasie (Willbraham 90), Jedinak, O’Keefe (Nimely 83), Moritz (Williams 69), Zaha, Murray. Subs Not Used: Price, Parsons, Gabbidon, Easter. 

Attendance: 11,564


Bolton 1 Millwall 1 

Bolton: Bogdan, Alonso, Ream, Knight, Ricketts, Eagles (Sordell 80), Andrews, Spearing, Lee (Afobe 72), Ngog, K Davies. Subs Not Used: Lonergan, Mears, Pratley, Vela, Eaves.

Millwall: Forde, Shittu, Trotter, Beevers, Smith, Lowry, Henry, Woolford, Abdou, Keogh (Henderson 80), N’Guessan. Subs Not Used: M Taylor, Smith, Osbourne, Wright, Marquis. 

Attendance: 16,985

LAST MEETING AT THE DEN

01/10/11

Millwall 0 Burnley 1 (Rodriguez 37) 

Millwall: Forde, Robinson, Barron, Mkandawire, Ward, Trotter, Henry (Bouazza 71), Feeney, N’Guessan, Howard, Simpson (Marquis 46) Subs Not Used: Midenhall, Dunne, Abdou.

Burnley: Grant, Trippier, Edgar, Amougou, Easton, McCann, Wallace, Stanislas (Treacy 79), Bartley (Marney 73), Rodriguez, Austin. Subs Not Used: Stewart, Mee, Hines.

TEAM NEWS

Burnley: Frontman Martin Paterson has been back in training this week and may return. Midfielder Chris McCann also hopes to be back after missing two games with a hamstring problem. 

However, top scorer Charlie Austin may have to wait a little longer, defender Kevin Long is out with an ankle injury and Ben Mee is yet to return to full fitness. 

Midfielder Brian Stock will be back in the squad after completing a one match ban. 

Millwall: The Lions have signed Derby’s former Nottingham Forest striker Nathan Tyson on loan for the rest of the season and he could make a debut.

Defender Shane Lowry is suspended so Alan Dunne or Jack Smith could deputise. Left-sided player Scott Malone is out with a back problem.

STAT OF THE DAY 

Since Sean Dyche took charge of the Clarets, no side in the Championship boasts a better defensive record. 

THEY SAY

Sean Dyche: “It’s a tough place to go but it’s a place we feel, like every ground and every game at the moment, we are confident in going to.
“We are in confident mood. We have made changes, some due to injuries and suspensions etc, and yet the players are standing up and standing firm for themselves, the team and the club, which is great.

Kenny Jackett: "We want to maintain the momentum we have going again since the turn of the year. We are fully prepared for the game to go ahead and are looking forward to the opportunity it gives us to enhance our position around the top six against a Burnley side who themselves harbour similar ambitions."



Referee: Stuart Attwell.

Championship fixtures (kick off 3pm unless stated) 

Friday

Leicester v Middlesbrough (7.45)

Saturday

Derby v Nottm Forest (1pm) 
Birmingham v Brighton 
Blackburn v Charlton 
Crystal Palace v Bolton 
Ipswich v Barnsley 
Leeds United v Bristol City 
Millwall v Burnley 
Peterborough v Hull 
Sheff Wed v Wolves 
Watford v Huddersfield 
Blackpool v Cardiff (5:20pm)

For an up-to-date league table click HERE.

MILLWALL will hold a precautionary pitch inspection at 9am on Saturday morning. The pitch has undersoil heating but forecast snow means the referee will check on conditions.

For details click HERE.



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