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Fulham visit Millwall ~ Ch. Match Preview MD32

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The Den plays host to a huge London derby this weekend as Millwall entertain Fulham in a relegation six-pointer.

The Lions were expected to be embroiled in a battle against the drop this season, but Fulham find themselves in a somewhat surprising position given their relegation from the Premier League just last season.

The Cottagers are only five points clear of the bottom three - a gap that could be cut to two this weekend - and are without a win in six matches in all competitions going into this game.

Kit Symons's men have picked up just one point from the last 12 available in the Championship and, even more worryingly, have lost their last four away games in the league.

Indeed, only two teams have amassed fewer points on their travels all season, while none have conceded more than the 35 away goals Fulham have shipped in just 15 games.

However, there were positives to take from their last outing despite it ending in defeat as Fulham pushed for a late equaliser against high-flying Ipswich Town, only to go down 2-1 at Craven Cottage in the end.

Ipswich's fellow playoff contenders Wolverhampton Wanderers, Derby County, Watford and Bournemouth are next up for the Cottagers, making this weekend's derby with Millwall even more important.

Confusion continues to reign over the future of Bryan Ruiz, but the Costa Rica international did come off the bench last weekend and could play from the start on Saturday despite reports linking him with a move to Brazil.

Tim Hoogland is still not quite fit enough to start following a long-term injury, but Scott Parker should continue in midfield having returned against Ipswich, while Ross McCormack and Hugo Rodallega are expected to lead the line.

For Millwall, victory could lift them above Brighton & Hove Albion and out of the bottom three, and they will fancy their chances of getting something out of the match considering their recent improvement.

The Lions have won two of their last four games, both against teams in the top half of the table, having not won in nine outings before that.

Both of those victories came away from home, however, and it is at The Den where Millwall's major problems have arisen this season. They have the worst home record in terms of both points won and goals conceded in the division, while they haven't won a match in front of their own fans since October - nine games ago.

A deflected Alex Mowatt goal was all that separated Leeds United from Millwall last weekend, but Ian Holloway will be forced into at least one change from that match due to an injury sustained by Shaun Cummings.

The January arrival will miss up to a month with a groin tear, which could force Holloway to play Mark Beevers out of position at right-back.

There will be no place for Magaye Gueye further upfield, however, after Holloway stressed that he must lose weight before he is considered for selection.

    Head-to-head

  • Millwall won the earlier meeting this season 1-0 at Craven Cottage in August - the first meeting between these sides since 1999.


  • Fulham have won only two of the last 12 meetings, though they were both in the last three.


  • Fulham won the last meeting at The Den 1-0 in the old Division Two in October 1998 - their only win in the last six meetings there.



  • Millwall


  • Millwall have won two of their last four games, after winning only two of their previous 24 games in all competitions.


  • Millwall have not won any of their last nine home games in all competitions, losing six. Their last win at The Den was 1-0 against Cardiff in the Championship on 25 October.


  • In their last 20 home games, 13 of the 23 goals scored by Millwall have come from forwards, 6 from midfielders and 4 from defenders.


  • Millwall have conceded in 70% of their last 20 home games.


  • Millwall last kept a clean sheet at home 2 games ago.



  • Fulham


  • Fulham have not won any of their last six games in all competitions, losing four. Their last win was 3-2 against Nottingham Forest at home in the Championship on 21 January.


  • Fulham have lost their last four away games in the Championship. Their last league win on the road was 1-0 at Leeds on 13 December.


  • Fulham have won 20%, drawn 10% and lost 70% of their last 20 away games.


  • In their last 20 away games, 13 of the 24 goals scored by Fulham have come from forwards, 7 from midfielders and 4 from defenders.


  • Fulham have conceded in 95% of their last 20 away games.


  • Fulham last kept a clean sheet away from home 5 games ago.
























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