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Match Preview: Millwall v Sunderland - all you need to know ahead of kick-off!

After a chilling defeat at home in midweek, the Lads are back on the road as we head to the capital to take on Millwall - here’s all you need to know ahead of kick-off!

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Saturday 2nd December 2023

(19th) Millwall v Sunderland (11th)

Championship

The Den

Kick-Off: 15:00


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The build-up...

It has the feeling of a blip, but the blip keeps extending. Two wins in the last eight games doesn’t make for pleasant reading. Neither does the fact that we’re without a win in the last four on the road.

Changes of personnel have been tried, with rumours ahead of the midweek fixture also hinting at possible shifts in how we set up, but two defeats following the international break has seen the Lads drop down to 11th in the table.

We now sit six points behind West Bromwich Albion in 5th and six points above today’s opponents who are down in 19th - incidentally, the same position Huddersfield Town occupied before our midweek defeat.

All eyes will be on what Tony Mowbray attempts next and very few positives to come out of our defeat to Huddersfield this week, we can assume that we will see more changes once again today.

Last season’s draw at The Den means we haven’t won in our last four at Millwall and have to go back to September 1995, when David Kelly made his Sunderland debut in a 2-1 win for Peter Reid’s Sunderland over Mick McCarthy’s Millwall.

Sunderland v Huddersfield Town - Sky Bet Championship Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images

Last season not only saw Gary Rowett’s Millwall narrowly miss out on a play-off place, but also saw them finish 8th in the Championship table for the third time in six years.

In two of the other three they ended up 9th and 11th - so it’s been a case of spending much of their time hovering on the outskirts of the top six since achieving promotion from League One back in 2016-17.

This season didn’t quite get off to the start they’d hoped, especially with the high expectations that spilled over from last year, and with The Lions sitting 15th in the table towards the end of October, Gary Rowett resigned after four years as manager.

37-year-old Joe Edwards was the man picked to replace Rowett, in what would be his first managerial position after working as an assistant at Chelsea and Everton in recent years.

The Edwards era began with a resounding 4-0 win at Sheffield Wednesday, which has now been somewhat forgotten due to defeats at home to Coventry City and away to Ipswich Town after the international break.

Millwall have struggled so far at home and are without a win on their home patch in the last five league fixtures - with the last home win coming in late September against Rotherham United - resulting in only two sides having a worse record so far in the Championship this season.

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Millwall manager Joe Edwards
Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Sunderland away form...


Millwall home form...


The betting...

The bookies have the Lads as slight favourites this afternoon at 13/10, while a home win is priced at around 19/10, and the draw is 9/4.


Head to head... at Millwall

(All competitions)

  • Sunderland wins: 5
  • Draws: 6
  • Millwall wins:10
  • Sunderland goals: 20
  • Millwall goals: 28

Last time we met... at The Den

Saturday 4th February 2023

Championship

Millwall 1-1 Sunderland

[Cooper 59’ - Cirkin 81’]

Sunderland: Patterson, Hume, Ballard, Batth, Alese (Cirkin (Anderson)), Neil, Michut (Ekwah), Roberts, Diallo, Clarke (Pritchard), Gelhardt (Ba) Substitutes not used: Bass, Bennette

Millwall: Long, McNamara, Wallace, Saville, Cresswell, Cooper, Honeyman (Voglsammer), Mitchell, Bradshaw (Burke), Flemming, Bennett (Watmore) Substitutes not used: Bialkowski, Malone, Leonard, Shackleton

Attendance: 18,524

Millwall v Sunderland Sky Bet Championship Photo by Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images

Played for both...

Alex Rae

The Glasgow-born midfielder began his career at Falkirk where he spent three years making a name for himself in Scotland before a £100,000 move to Millwall came in 1990.

Rae spent six years at Millwall making well over 200 appearances before coming Sunderland’s first ever £1m signing in the summer of 1996 as we began life as a Premier League club for the first time.

After five years on Wearside, Rae moved to Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2001 which was followed by spells at Rangers, Dundee and Reading.

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Alex Rae
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