Championship preview: Birmingham vs. Millwall

MILLWALL go in search of a third successive away league win this weekend, and could surpass the points total they accumulated in the entire 2014-15 relegation season.

A win against Birmingham at St Andrew’s would move the Lions to 42 points and also stretch their unbeaten Championship run to six games.

Millwall boss Neil Harris has no new injury worries. Only Aiden O’Brien and Byron Webster are injury absentees, and Harris is well covered in those areas following the January transfer window.

Ben Marshall could make his second start on the left of midfield, and Ryan Tunnicliffe will feel his performance in the 1-1 draw with Cardiff last Friday merits him keeping his place.

Birmingham manager Steve Cotterill will be without Cheikh Ndoye, who is suspended for one game after his sending-off in the 2-0 defeat against city rivals Aston Villa last Sunday.

Midfielder David Davis could also miss out.

League form guide

Birmingham: LDWWL

Millwall: DWDWD

Millwall record against Birmingham

Played 44

Won 11 Drew 11 Lost 22

Possible Millwall line-up

4-4-2: Archer; Romeo, Hutchinson, Cooper, Meredith; Wallace, Tunnicliffe, Saville, Marshall; Gregory, Morison.

Match odds

Birmingham 13/8 Draw 22/10 Millwall 9/5

Facts and stats

  • Before beating Leeds 4-3 on January 20, Millwall’s last away Championship win was at St Andrew’s in February 2015
  • That is Millwall’s only win at Birmingham in 15 games in all competitions – a run that goes back to 1968
  • This is Millwall’s longest unbeaten run in the Championship since August 2014, when a 1-0 loss at home to Rotherham brought an 11-game unbeaten sequence to an end
  • Tim Cahill, 38, is not the oldest player between the two playing squads. Paul Robinson, 39, this week announced he will retire at the end of this season
  • Three Millwall players – Shaun Hutchinson, James Meredith and George Saville – have started every league game this campaign

Image: Millwall FC 

John Kelly