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Opposition report: Millwall

Blues go in search of a second away win of 2021 this evening.

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A closer look at this evening's opponents...

FORM GUIDE:

Millwall come into tonight’s showdown at the Den in good form, having gone unbeaten in their last five matches. Two of those five games have been back-to-back wins, including Saturday’s victory over Reading, whilst they also overcame Sheffield Wednesday 4-1 the week before.

Three consecutive draws came prior to the victories and means the Lions’ last defeat came in the FA Cup against Bristol City in mid-January. 

IN THE DUGOUT:

Gary Rowett is well known to Blues having spent over two years in the dugout between October 2014 and December 2016. He took the team from 21st in the table when he first arrived to 10th at the end of his first campaign.

The Bromsgrove-born defender also spent two years at St. Andrew's during his playing days, making over 80 appearances between 1998 and 2000.

He was appointed as manager at Millwall in October 2019, succeeding Neil Harris. Prior to his time in London and in addition to his stint at Blues, Rowett has experience managing at Burton Albion, Derby County and Stoke City.

ONE TO WATCH:

Jed Wallace is into his sixth season at the Den having joined from Wolverhampton Wanderers on a permanent deal in 2017, twice spending time on-loan at the club before that. 200 appearances later, he’s leading the line in both the goals and assists department for the Lions this season with six goals and three assists in the league.

The former Portsmouth man has also taken the most shots of any Millwall players in the 20/21 season.

LAST TIME OUT:

The last meeting between Blues and Millwall ended in a 0-0 draw at St. Andrew's last November. Kristian Pedersen and Lukas Jutkiewicz had Blues’ best opportunities whilst Neil Etheridge was forced into a quality late save, saving Jake Cooper’s acrobatic effort.

The result saw Blues move to 17th in the table at the time, whilst Millwall went 11th with a point.

PREVIOUS KNOCKINGS:

The two sides have met one another plenty of times down the years – 50 times infact. Blues edge the head-to-head, having picked up 23 wins, Millwall 13, with 14 draws.

The last three games between the teams have finished in draws.

Between 1998 and 2014, the teams met on 15 occasions with Millwall failing to win any of the meetings – their worse run against Blues in history.

DID YOU KNOW?

Millwall moved to The ‘New’ Den in 1993, the first all-seater stadium built in England after the Taylor Report recommendations following the Hillsborough disaster. American John Kerr scored the first-ever goal at the club's new ground in a friendly against Bobby Robson's Sporting Lisbon. The game went on to finish 2-1 to the Portuguese giants.

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