Foot Predictions shows Wednesday’s championship clash between Millwall and Birmingham City, including hunches, preview and possible lineups.
Birmingham City boss Aitor Karanka desperately needs a victory when your side travels to get in shape Millwall in the league on Wednesday night.
The Blues have lost consecutive matches and haven’t won in five, while Millwall have won their last two games and have been undefeated for five.
Birmingham’s loss to Luton Town on Saturday was the seventh in eight home games, the other game in a row ended in a draw.
It is also a defeat that leaves City in the relegation zone towards the midweek round of games, one point behind 17th place Rotherham United, after playing two more games.
Falling into the third division is now a real possibility for City, with strong pressure on boss Karanka to change things before it is too late.
Wednesday’s trip to The Den will be a difficult task if Millwall’s recent form is considered, the Lions have moved up to 14th place thanks to successive victories.
Gary RowettThe team team won a 4-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday with a 2-1 win at Reading last time, leaving the team nine points off the playoffs with one game less.
That victory over Wednesday in his last home game ended a series of 10 games without a win at The Den. They scored as many goals against Owls as they did in the previous seven goals at home.
It’s not too late for Millwall to make it through the top six, but for that they need to maintain their winning streak.
However, the last three league matches between these two teams ended in a draw, the last two being without a goal.
In fact, all six league games between Rowett of Millwall and Karanka of Birmingham ended in a draw, with the last three finishing 0-0.
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All news from the teams
Millwall is sweating with the fitness of Maikel Kieftenbeld and Ryan Leonard for this midweek showdown, but Murray Wallace and Connor Mahoney are definitely out.
Matt smith, Jed Wallace and Mason Bennett they’re all pushing for recalls to the starting lineup after making an impact from the bank’s 2-1 win in Reading.
Smith’s goal, a former Queens Park Rangers striker, at the Madejski Stadium was only the third of the season, while Wallace and Bennett have six and two, respectively.
As for visitors, Alen Halilovic returned to fitness in time for Luton’s departure, giving Birmingham a clean bill of health.
Ivan Sunjic and Jonathan Leko were introduced from the bank in the most recent departure and can be considered from the beginning on Wednesday.
Possible initial Millwall lineup:
Bialkowski; Cooper, Hutchinson, Evans; Romeo, Williams, Woods, Malone; Wallace, Bennett; Smith
Possible starting lineup for Birmingham City:
Etheridge; Valery, Dean, Friend, Pedersen; Harper, Sunjic; Leko, Halilovic, Bela; Hogan
Probability: Millwall 0-0 Birmingham City
Millwall have won consecutive games and are unbeaten for five, while Birmingham have lost consecutive games and haven’t won in five.
If the recent encounters between Rowett and under-fire Karanka tell us anything, it is that you should never bet against a draw.
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