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Into the Lions Den – Millwall Preview

Blues travel to South London to take on Millwall looking to build on a decent result against Leicester City. Kenny Jackett’s side will also be looking to consolidate after drawing with form team Crystal Palace and to avenge last year’s 6-0 mauling.


The Lions come into this game on the back of some fairly indifferent form; in their last six matches they’ve only won one and taken a fairly measly six points from a possible eighteen. However, they haven’t failed to score in their last five games and held Crystal Palace to a draw to end a run of five consecutive wins for the Selhurst Park outfit. Millwall have only won two of their five home games this season and have not kept a clean sheet in twelve games.

Andy Keogh missed the Crystal Palace game with concussion picked up on International duty and will be assessed to see if he makes this one; James Henry misses out with a hamstring injury and Paul Robinson remains on the sidelines. One familiar face could be Chris Wood who scored eleven goals for Blues in 2011 including a hat trick in the St Andrews fixture between these two sides.


Birmingham City come into this game having gotten drawn with top of the table Leicester City which has left them one place behind the Lions on goal difference. Blues are stretched though, with Jonathan Spector joining Nikola Zigic on a suspension after being sent off late on against the Foxes. Blues have a shortage of striking options up front with Peter Lovenkrands out for two games minimum after picking up an injury against Leicester leaving Blues with just Marlon King and Leroy Lita of their first team strikers fit and ready to play; rookie Akwasi Asante is out with an injury picked up whilst playing for the development squad and Jake Jervis has gone to Tranmere Rovers on loan. Blues could however welcome Papa Bouba Diop to the team with the Senegalese man mountain on the bench, youngster Callum Reilly has been given a squad number and added to the squad and Ravel Morrison will probably continue having impressed in his first ever full ninety minutes at pro level on Saturday.

This is the kind of game Blues need to target winning if they are to start pushing up the table; Millwall haven’t been in the greatest of form and their defence has been breached by every team it’s come up against this year. If Jack Butland can continue his solid form and Blues can manufacture more goalscoring opportunities then there is every chance that this could be a win for Brum.

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12 Responses to “Into the Lions Den – Millwall Preview”

  • Masaccio says:

    Couple of hours work then head over London Bridge for a pre-match pint!. Looking forward to the game!

  • Ali Duncan says:

    My favourite fixture of the season and a very winnable game at that. However I’m not massivley confident as the Lions owe us a beating so fingers crossed. Come on you Blue Boys.

    Masaccio – where are you drinking around London Bridge?

  • Art Watson says:

    Put your money on a draw.

    Can’t see this manager going for an away win- he’s fighting to survive and dare not risk going for a win- even if he knew how to.

  • jack forbes says:

    thank god i will be spared seeing Zigic falling down in the penalty area every five minutes this year.
    come you lions.

  • Bluenosesol says:

    We have played 3 teams at the top of the league already this season.

    1. Brighton who we beat away
    2. Cardiff where we were very lucky to lose 2-1
    3. Leicester where we were unlucky to concede to a draw with 4 minutes to go.

    On paper we have one of the best teams in the division.

    No reason at all why we cant tame the lions yet again!!

    • Bluenosesol says:

      Sorry unlucky to lose to Cardiff!

    • NooBloo says:

      Sorry but even on paper we dont have one of the best teams, the league table does not lie; however, that said, I think we will come away with at least a point tonight. I have seen both sides a few times already this year and if we shoot from distance their keeper aint so hot so there is where our goals could come from

  • Ali Duncan says:

    A draw is a good shout although I think the first goal might well win it tonight.

    Nothing like a floodlit game at the Den – a properly decent old school mid-week night match – bring it on!


  • skareggae72 says:

    With our limited options up front this looks a good occasion for Clark to play the so far ineffective Ambrose in his favoured position,behind a striker(King for 60/Lita for 30mins) 4411.

  • Art Watson says:

    3 nil down after 30 mins.

    Hopefully this will now see the back of LC.

    It’s a disgrace.

  • Jase says:

    Couldn’t agree more. In any other circumstances LC would be handed his P45 in the morning but there is no way the current board will pay him off.

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