PREVIEW: Birmingham City vs. Millwall

GARY Rowett goes back to his former club Birmingham with Millwall looking for consecutive away wins in the league for the first time since March 2018.

Rowett has to decide whether to return to the five-man defence which worked so well in the 1-0 victory at Swansea last weekend.

If he does then Alex Pearce will return to skipper the side. Rowett played Jed Wallace and Connor Mahoney either side of striker Jon Dadi Bodvarsson last weekend.

But Mahoney was withdrawn at half-time in the 2-2 draw with Wigan on Tuesday, and Rowett could tweak that attacking formation.

Millwall have taken 10 points from Rowett’s first five games in charge and are five points off the play-offs. While he is ambitious for his side, he knows how some poor results can change the complexion.

“A couple of losses can take you back down where you started,” Rowett said. “The first game we played I heard a few people around the place talking about Barnsley and saying, ‘we could do with Barnsley not winning because of where we are’.

“I just felt that our mentality had to shift. We need to start looking up the table and seeing what we can achieve. Regardless of where we are in the division, even if we were 20th I’d be saying the same: don’t look beneath you.

“You’ve got to be ambitious and have that level of drive to try and get up the table. That’s been the focus. We want to look upwards.”

Rowett is still without Frank Fielding, Ryan Leonard, Shane Ferguson and Tom Elliott.

Birmingham drew 1-1 at Sheffield Wednesday on Wednesday night and are 15th in the table, a point behind Millwall in 12th.

Possible Millwall starting XI: 5-3-1-1: Bialkowski; Romeo, Hutchinson, Pearce, Cooper, M Wallace; Molumby, Williams, Thompson; J Wallace; Bodvarsson.

Match odds: Birmingham EVS Draw 11/5 Millwall 13/5

Last meeting: Birmingham 0-2 Millwall (Thompson 13, 32)

Image: Millwall FC 

John Kelly