After eliminating AFC Wimbledon in the FA Cup and after defeating Derby County away on Wednesday night, Millwall welcome Alex Neil's Preston North End to The Den for this Saturday's EFL Championship fixture.
Millwall's recent form in the league saw the Lions sleep walking towards relegation and although Neil Harris' side were managing to keep goals out, their attacking play was tepid and uninspiring. This changed away at Pride Park when a Jed Wallace finish secured the victory for the South London side who are now five points clear of the drop zone. Preston find themselves comfortable in mid table on 44 points and are in a great run of form, winning four and drawing three of their last seven games.
Although Millwall just edge the historical league head-to-heads with their twenty-six to Preston's twenty-three, Neil Harris' side have not beaten the Lilywhites since the FA Cup in the 2012/13 season when a Liam Feeney goal saw the Lions progress to the fourth round of the competition.
Haven't we met before?...
Preston 1-2 Millwall, Saturday 21st February 2004 – Goal from Paul Ifill and Tim Cahill either side of a Claude Davis strike secured the points for Dennis Wise's men. In a game which saw four yellow cards shown to the away side, the victory for the Lions ensured that they stayed just outside the play-off places in 9th place on 47 points.
Alex Pearce could be back in the side after being ineligible to face parent club Derby County in the club's last game. Conor McLaughlin (quad) is out and fellow striker Tom Bradshaw (knee) is a long-term absentee.
Callum Robinson and Louis Moult are still out with hamstring problems and Connor Ripley is still nursing an ankle injury.
THE ONE TO WATCH -
The Republic of Ireland international has been in fantastic form this season and has scored eleven goals already in all competitions for North End. Scoring important away goals in the victories against Queens Park Rangers, Stoke City and Bolton Wanderers, Browne is an exciting and energetic player in the middle of the park and his presence in the midfield will arguably dictate whether Neil Harris sticks with the 4-3-3 which has worked in recent weeks, or revert back to a 4-4-2.
PREDICTION: MILLWALL 0-0 PRESTON NORTH END
Preston North End have a bit of a curse over Millwall in recent seasons and the Lions have not beaten their opponents in a league fixture since the 2003-04 campaign. Alex Neil has his side playing some great football at present and will be full of confidence due to the fantastic run they are on. With that said, Millwall are a tough side to beat at The Den and have shown with recent score lines they know how to keep the ball out of their net, so I can see this one being a goalless draw.
Come on you Lions.