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Millwall vs. Derby County Match Preview

January 30, 2018

Written by:

 

19:45, Tuesday 30th January, The Den

 

Millwall welcome 2nd placed Derby to The Den for this midweek fixture.  Derby are currently in the automatic promotion places and two points clear of Cardiff in 3rd, but this will not intimidate the Lions in the slightest, as the South London stadium has seen many high-flying teams vanquished.

 

Derby are unbeaten in their last five games, winning two and drawing three, and have already beaten the Lions this season with a 3-0 victory at Pride Park.  Millwall are also in respectable form, with only one defeat in the last five, and will be looking for three points to put even more daylight between us and the bottom three.

 

Will Derby be victorious, or will the Lions leads the Rams to the slaughter?

 

 

 

 

LAST TIME OUT

 

 

 

MILLWALL 2-2 Rochdale:  A poor Millwall performance meant that the FA Cup game against Rochdale would go to a replay.  Rochdale played like the navy blue squares in Monopoly and the Lions really did look like they were from the Old Kent Road.  Luckily, Ben Thompson took a Chance card and managed to pull a Get Out of Jail one.  With the exception of David Martin, no member of Millwall's second string seemed like they were worthy of a start in the league game.

 

 

DERBY COUNTY 0-0 Bristol City: Both teams had to settle for a point in a game where Derby had an effort cleared off the line and another rattle the woodwork.  Derby also could've had a penalty when new signing Cameron Jerome was fouled in the box, but although replays showed contact, the spot kick was not given as Jerome was deemed to theatrically dive.

 

 

 

 


LINE-UP

 

 

Millwall (4-4-2):

 

 

Millwall will bring back their first eleven after resting the majority for the FA Cup fixture.  New signing Harry Toffolo may make the bench, but I do not expect him to start.  Ferguson is back in the side as Aiden O'Brien is still recovering from injury.

 

 

Derby (4-2-3-1):

 


Gary Rowett should stick with the same side that drew with Bristol City, but with Weimann coming in for MLS-bound Johnny Russell.  Joe Ledley is back from injury but Bradley Johnson remains side lined for the Rams.

 

 

KEY BATTLE: LEE GREGORY(MILLWALL) VS. RICHARD KEOGH (DERBY COUNTY)

 

 

Although not in double figures in the goal scoring charts, Lee Gregory has been putting in some great performances and is a handful for any central defender in the Championship.  With that said, Richard Keogh has a wealth of experience at this level, and is also a Republic of Ireland international.  Gregory is apparently a target for the Rams in the transfer window, so a good performance could put him top of Gary Rowett's shopping list.  This battle has the potential to decide the whole game.

 

 

 

PREDICTION: MILLWALL 1-1 DERBY COUNTY

 

Derby will be a stern test for the Lions and looking for the win, but as Millwall have proven time and time again, we are hard to beat at home.  A score draw is my prediction with little chances for both teams, but this won't be a bore fest.

 

Plus, there will be a very special guest back in Bermondsey tomorrow who will be in attendance.  If that doesn't fire up the squad and the fans then nothing will...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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