ALAN Dunne is predicting an end-to-end encounter between Millwall and Crystal Palace on Saturday in what will be the defender's first South London derby in seven years.
Incredibly, the 30-year-old has been suspended on the last four occasions the Lions have faced the Eagles – meaning he has not played against Palace since the 2005-06 season.
But Dunne, who came through Millwall's academy and lives locally, knows more than anyone else what a rivalry means to the club's supporters.
"It feels like I'm always banned for the Palace derbies, so I'm looking forward to it," the right-back said.
"It's been a while since I've played at Selhurst Park. All derby games are massive for Millwall and the fans don't want to get beaten. The players have to understand that as well.
"The relationship between the players and the fans is massive. When the players understand how passionate the fans are about these games, it helps on the day.
"I've been at Millwall for 20 years so I know they're hugely important. But at the end of the day, getting three points is the most important thing."
The Lions are on a three-game unbeaten run going into Saturday's game after draws at Burnley and Bristol City and a win against Bolton before the international break.
But they come up against the division's form side in Palace, who are riding high in fourth position in the Championship standing. And Dunne is expecting a lively affair.
"Palace had a bad start to the season but they've had five wins and a draw now, so they're flying at the moment," he said.
"I don't know what's happened down there, but something's obviously clicked for them.
"We should have won our last two away games but ended up drawing them, so we'll be strong as well.
"They know we're coming off the back of three really good results and they're going to be worried about us.
"It's going to be an entertaining game. It's going to be 'they attack, we attack'."
Having battled to an impressive win over Bolton at the start of October, the two-week break came at a frustrating time for Millwall but Dunne believes the Lions have used the time wisely.
"I think we could have done without it because we didn't really need the break," he said.
"You do get a couple days of rest but on the whole we've been training hard. A lot of teams have had four or five days off.
"Derby went to Miami and Leicester went to Abu Dhabi, but we've been at the training ground working – and rightly so.
"We've been using the time to learn, practice and improve our game and that's what Kenny Jackett is like.
"An international break can disrupt your momentum if you're playing well and winning games, so you almost have to start again."