Millwall Play-Off Push: A Win Over Derby County Takes Them Into Top Six

Millwall Play-Off

Millwall host Derby County at the Den this Saturday; both sides look to keep what play-off chances that they have alive.

Millwall Play-Off Push: A Win Over Derby County Takes Them Into Top Six

Gary Rowett, a former player and manager at the East Midlands side, will be hoping that his team, who currently sit eighth, can move into the top six with a win.

Derby, meanwhile, will want to avoid the same fate that their rivals Nottingham Forest suffered; they were swept aside by the Lions in a convincing 3-0 defeat last Friday.

The score line was the same as Derby, without captain Wayne Rooney for the first time, dispatched play-off rivals Blackburn Rovers on Sunday.

This fixture had the potential to be called off following the concern that some Millwall representatives made contact with Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis who later tested positive for coronavirus.

However, as things stand, the game will go ahead as planned.

Head-to-Head

The London-based club have enjoyed playing Derby in recent years, winning the last three encounters.

The reverse fixture saw Millwall win 1-0 at Pride Park just before Christmas thanks to a Tom Bradshaw goal.

The Rams’ last victory in Bermondsey came back in 2013 when a hat-trick from club legend Craig Bryson helped them to a 5-1 win.

Despite sitting just outside the play-offs, Rowett’s men have not taken all three points from a match at home in almost two months – losing two and drawing three of their home encounters since.

Meanwhile Phillip Cocu’s side will be looking for back-to-back away wins for the first time this season and only a fourth away win in the league.

Team News

Derby will hope that both Tom Lawrence and Wayne Rooney will be available after sitting out last week’s win but the Rams remain without midfielders Duane Holmes and Tom Huddlestone.

The hosts appear to have no real selection issues ahead of the match that could see their opponents overtake them in the standings.

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