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24 Dec 2011 17:29:15

Millwall vs Portsmouth Preview

Can Pompey give Lions the Boxing Day blues?

Michael Appleton's Pompey will go to The Den on Boxing Day looking to extend the unbeaten run to five matches when they take on Millwall.

Team News

Liam Lawrence may be unavailable again after he suffered a hamstring injury against Southampton but Luke Varney should be available again.

George Thorne has returned to West Brom, meaning Aaron Mokoena may be set to start his first match for a couple of months.

Jimmy Abdou and Liam Trotter are likely to be fit for this clash along with Nathan Baker who is slightly doubtful for the home side. Jay Simpson will also return having missed the last game against parent club Hull.

The Match

Millwall are in a bad run of form, having won only one of the last seven games and are one of the lowest scoring teams in the Championship. Therefore, this should be a good time to play them.

'Appy has said that he will change Pompey's style if it means "winning ugly" to climb up the table. Given that his side have committed the most fouls in the division (250) it is difficult to see how much more ugly his side could be.

And which side has committed the second-most amount of fouls in the division? That would be Millwall! It looks like this game could well be much like last week's derby both on and off the pitch.

There'll be plenty of challenges, little quality on show and both sets of supporters will be giving each other abuse as usual when Pompey and Millwall meet.

As long as Pompey can do what they did last season and nick the three points then I doubt many Pompey fans will care. Here's to giving Kenny Jackett and the Lions fans an extra headache to go with their Boxing Day hangovers.

Predicted Starting Line-Ups

Millwall

GK: Steve MILDENHALL

RB: Shane LOWRY

CB: Alan DUNNE

CB: Paul ROBINSON

LB: Nathan BAKER

RM: James HENRY

CM: Liam TROTTER

CM: Nadjim ABDOU

LM: Hamer BOUAZZA

CF: Jay SIMPSON

CF: Darius HENDERSON

Pompey

GK: Stephen HENDERSON

RB: Greg HALFORD

CB: Ricardo ROCHA

CB: Jason PEARCE

LB: Joe MATTOCK

DM: Hayden MULLINS

DM: Aaron MOKOENA

RM: Joel WARD

CM: David NORRIS

LM: Erik HUSEKLEPP

CF: Dave KITSON

Click here for the Fratton Faithful Millwall Championship Profile page.

Last Time: Millwall 0 Portsmouth 1 (Championship - 19/10/2010)

Liam Lawrence's late penalty was enough to settle this scrappy affair after Chris Hackett had taken down David Nugent in the box.

My Prediction

Millwall struggle to score goals and Pompey rarely find the net away from home so I can see this being goalless with more bookings than shots on target.

Millwall 0 Portsmouth 0


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