After a week since last weekend's game at the Bet365 stadium and a relatively quiet transfer window so far, it's a return to league action in South London as Gary Rowett's Millwall welcome mid-table Reading to The Den.
Although The Lions have been in good form since Gary Rowett has taken the helm, the home side go into this game in 8th place on the back of a disappointing 0-0 draw away from home against Stoke City. With that said, it is a testament of how far the new Millwall boss has taken the side that an away draw is seen as two points dropped, rather than a point gained. Millwall are currently only a point off of Sheffield Wednesday in 6th place, so the South London club will be looking to get the three points to keep the pressure on the play-off places. Reading are currently sitting in 14th place and are also in a great run of form with four wins and a draw from their last five games.
Out of the 97 previous league meetings between the two, it is the Royals who lead the head-to-heads with 40 wins to Millwall's 36 and the points shared on 21 occasions. The Berkshire side have not won at The Den since February 2014 and the Zampa Road side will be keen for this run to be extended.
Haven't we met before?...
Millwall 1-0 Reading, Wednesday 26th December 2018 – An early goal in the opening ten minutes of this Boxing Day fixture from Jed Wallace was enough for the home side to be victorious over the festive period and climb above Reading who remained in the bottom three. Although it was the away side who saw red on two occasions, it was they who were better in possession, but they did not have the cutting edge needed to find an equaliser and they could only rattle the Millwall woodwork from a John Swift effort.
Millwall's midfield is currently very threadbare, with Shaun Williams suspended and Ben Thompson and Ryan Leonard both out with injury. Aiden O'Brien is back in contention after sitting out the Stoke game with injury and new loan signing Ryan Woods will be looking to feature.
Reading are without forward Lucas Joao, who is out with a hamstring injury and George Puscas will also be missing this one.
THE ONE TO WATCH -
Millwall's new loan signing until the end of the season, Ryan Woods, has had tongues wagging in South London and will have fans hoping he can plug the gaps caused by the recent injuries and suspension to the squad. Although seemingly out of favour by Michael O'Neill at his parent club, Stoke City, the midfielder has featured in 12 games for The Potters this season and will be looking at getting more game time under his belt in South London. A player who has been previously dubbed the 'Ginger Pirlo' at a previous club, Woods has the capability to pick out a wide range of passes as well as finding space in the middle of the park and will be looking to demonstrate to his new set of fans.
PREDICTION: MILLWALL 2-1 READING
Although Reading have always been a tough nut to crack for the side from SE16, I can see the Lions being the ones who end the Biscuitmen's recent unbeaten run. A home win for The Lions in this one.
Come on you Lions.