Millwall v Ipswich

14 January 2011 02:20
Millwall will be without striker Josh McQuoid, who has suffered an ankle injury in training and will be sidelined for around three weeks.Tamika Mkandawire and centre-back Paul Robinson are also out and Liam Trotter (back) is a doubt, but Alan Dunne is available after serving a ban.

Ipswich could be missing Jason Scotland for Paul Jewell's first game in charge.

Scotland has been nursing a calf strain, while Troy Brown is still out with a hamstring injury.

MATCH PREVIEW Paul Jewell takes charge of his first match as Ipswich manager and inherits a side that has endured mixed cup fortunes this week - beating Arsenal and losing 7-0 to Chelsea - and a miserable time in the league.

Jewell has been out of the game since his last match as Derby boss, in December 2008. That, ironically, was a defeat against Ipswich. His immediate task is to restore confidence to a team that has lost seven of their last nine Championship matches.

Confidence will not be a problem for Millwall, who are enjoying a good run and have already beaten Ipswich twice this season - in the league and the Carling Cup. The Lions are unbeaten in eight league outings and have climbed to only three places and three points outside the play-off spots.

Millwall's home form has been excellent, as has their defending. They have won three in a row at The Den, and have now gone almost five hours of league football without conceding a goal.

MATCH FACTS Head-to-head

• Ipswich are unbeaten in their last four matches against Millwall.

Have your say on this match • The Lions' only win against Town in the last seven years was a 3-1 victory on Boxing Day 2004.


• Millwall have won all seven Championship games this season in which they have scored more than one goal, and lost all five in which they have conceded more than one.

• They have conceded the opening goal in only seven matches this season - fewer than any other team in the division.

• Scott Barron and Liam Trotter could face their former club.


• Ipswich's only away wins this season have been against teams currently in the bottom five (Middlesbrough, Sheffield United and Crystal Palace).

• Town have netted only nine first-half league goals this term, and three of those were in the same game.

• On average, they are scoring once per 11.19 attempts on goal. It is the worst ratio in the second tier.

Source: BBC_Sport