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Championship preview: Cardiff vs. Millwall

WHILE Millwall's confidence at home is sky-high, it’s on the road where they need to start picking up more points to propel themselves into the top half of the table.

There is probably no tougher side to face at the moment if you’re looking to improve results away from home than a trip over the Wales border to face Cardiff City.

The Bluebirds haven’t lost at home in the league this season, and have also picked up some eye-catching results away from Cardiff City Stadium, including at table-topping Wolves and, last week, Middlesbrough.

After that win, manager Neil Warnock admitted the club have readjusted their targets this season.

“We were aiming to be in the top six at the end of October but we're setting our sights higher now,” Warnock said. “I'm too long in the tooth to get carried away, though.

“The players gave me everything and I couldn't have asked for more. The players missed a few chances and left me sweating a bit at the end.

“I should have been sat there with a cigar on at the end, but it wasn't quite like that.

“I got the response after the defeat last week, but this league is like that. That's why I love it because you don't know what's round the corner.

“You don't get carried away too much when you have a good run or a bad run. We've had a couple of blips, but you're going to get that.

“We're a genuine bunch of lads, but you get what you pay for and we are limited in certain areas. I'm proud of their never-say-die attitude, though."

It’s doubtful Warnock will allow his side to be caught off guard this weekend by Millwall, who have surprised plenty of Championship sides this season already.

But Neil Harris has to look no further than last Saturday’s opponents, Birmingham, for a recent blueprint on how to beat Cardiff. Steve Cotterill’s side defeated the Welsh club 1-0 two weeks ago without allowing them a shot on goal.

Millwall have kept clean sheets away at Bristol City and Preston, but it’s at the other end where they need to improve. The Lions have only scored in one of their six away games this season, and none of their strikers have got off the mark away from The Den.

Cardiff were set to be boosted by the return of striker Kenneth Zohore, who has scored three league goals in 12 games this season, and midfielder Aron Gunnarsson, but Warnock confirmed late in the week they would now not be available.

 

Other than long-term injury absentees Shaun Williams and Byron Webster, Harris could be without forward Fred Onyedinma, who pulled up in training the day before last Saturday’s win over Birmingham.

Millwall record against Cardiff  

Played 64

Won 21 Draw 23 Lost 20

League form guide

Cardiff: WWDLW

Millwall: DWLLW

Probable Millwall team

4-4-2: Archer; McLaughlin, Hutchinson, Cooper, Meredith; Wallace, Tunnicliffe, Saville, O’Brien; Gregory, Morison.

Match odds

Cardiff 8/11 Draw 13/5 Millwall 4/1

Image: Millwall FC 

John Kelly

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