Despite being comfortably placed in the top half of the Championship at the turn of the year with an outside chance of pushing for a play-off spot, Millwall’s fine FA Cup run has taken its toll on their league form and they now find themselves scrapping for survival.
The Lions have lost their last three games and have won just once in their last seven in the league. Their home form has been woeful since the turn of the year, winning just two Championship games at The Den since Christmas – and one of those was a narrow victory over bottom of the table Bristol City on New Year’s Day.
Millwall have found goals hard to come by this season. Chris Wood remains their leading scorer with 11 despite signing for Leicester in the January transfer window. Their other main goal threat in the first half of the campaign, Darius Henderson, also departed in January for Nottingham Forest. Rob Hulse was brought in on loan to bolster Kenny Jackett’s attacking options, but he failed to register a league goal before heading back to parent club QPR. That leaves the goal scoring burden firmly on the shoulders of Irishman Andy Keogh – and he is currently on a barren run of 14 goalless league games.
A win for Millwall tonight would secure their Championship status for another season.
Millwall: Millwall captain Danny Shittu and defender Shane Lowry are available for selection after completing their bans. Midfielder Liam Trotter is a doubt with a knee injury, while winger Chris Taylor is still sidelined with a groin problem. On loan striker Jermaine Easter is ineligible to play against his parent club.
Crystal Palace: Midfield duo Owen Garvan and Jonny Williams are both pushing for starting places after making their first team returns as substitutes in the 1-1 draw at Blackburn. Jonny Parr will not figure again this season because of ankle ligament damage, while club captain Paddy McCarthy remains out of action.
Referee: Graham Salisbury
Assistants: Barry Holderness and Wes Linden
Fourth Official: Paul Kelly
PREVIOUS ENCOUNTERS AT THE DEN
The clubs first met at The Old Den in January 1921 as rivals in the old Third Division. The Eagles won 1-0 on that occasion, en route to claiming the league title. The sides clashed again the following season in the FA Cup, with Palace losing 2-0 in a replay at The Den following a 0-0 stalemate at Selhurst Park. That was the first of ten winless trips to Millwall – a run that Palace finally brought to an end with a 3-2 triumph in October 1949, in the Third Division South.
The teams became regular opponents in that division throughout the 1950s, before both gained promotion to the old Second Division in the 60s. Their first encounter at this level ended in a 1-1 draw at The Den in October 1966.
Palace recorded consecutive 3-0 wins at the home of the Lions in 1977 and 1978, as the Eagles went on to win the Second Division in 1979.
The two sides didn’t meet again in the league until 1986 following the Eagles’ relegation from the First Division, with Palace falling to a 3-2 defeat. They have met just once at The Den as top flight opponents, in a 2-1 win for Palace in March 1990. The visitors lost 3-0 in the first encounter between the sides at The New Den in January 1994, before Palace ran out 4-1 victors two years later.
The Eagles have found wins at The Den hard to come by since that emphatic win. They recorded their first win at The Den in 17 years with a 1-0 triumph on their last trip across south London. Jermaine Easter, who is currently on loan with the Lions, netted the winner for Palace in a 1-0 win on 31st December 2011.
HEAD TO HEAD (home and away)
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Tickets for the upper tier of the North Stand are priced:
Senior concessions (60+ years) £17.00
Under 16 years £13.00
Under 12 years £7.00
Coach departs at 17.45
Season ticket holders/members £18.00
INFORMATION FOR AWAY FANS
Away fans are located at one end of the ground in the North Stand (usually in the upper tier only). Around 4,000 away fans can be accommodated in this end.
There are not many pubs located near to the stadium and those should be avoided by away supporters. There are bars at the back of the stands at the stadium, which serve alcohol as well as food including chicken and chips.
The Den is easily accessed by rail, with South Bermondsey Railway Station only a few minutes’ walk from the stadium. There is a direct walkway specifically built for away fans which takes you directly to the away end and back to the station afterwards. There are also two London Underground stations in the area, Surrey Quays and New Cross Gate, which are about a 15-20 minute walk away from the ground.
Millwall win: 9/5
Palace win: 17/10
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