Millwall v Norwich City - The Lowdown
PUBLISHED: 11:15 02 March 2019 | UPDATED: 17:14 02 March 2019
Can Norwich City avoid a Millwall mauling to respond to Leeds in the Championship title race? Get in the mood with video, quotes, betting odds, predicted line-ups and squad news.
• MILLWALL TEAM NEWS
On loan midfielder Ben Marshall is ineligible to face his parent club. Left-back James Meredith (calf) is fit but right-back Conor McLaughlin (quad) and striker Tom Bradshaw (knee) remain out.
• NORWICH TEAM NEWS
Todd Cantwell (quad) and Ivo Pinto (foot) are ruled out. Alex Tettey (ankle) returned to training at the start of the week and is available.
Head coach Daniel Farke reported a clean bill of health on Friday from the rest of the players who featured against Bristol City.
Mario Vrancic, Timm Klose and Moritz Leitner are pushing for recalls. Louis Thompson (knee) is poised to return to training next week. Carlton Morris (ankle) is out longer term
• FROM THE DUGOUTS
Neil Harris (Millwall): “Norwich are flying high at the top of the division, trying to consolidate a place in looking for Premier League football, whilst we are fighting at the other end for different reasons.
“We find ourselves back at The Den disappointed from two defeats after a pleasing win at Derby. Again, like Preston and in previous times during the season, we’ve found ourselves giving away easy goals.
“We had shored up defensively as a team since Christmas and been so hard to break down.
“For the next 12 cup finals, we have to make sure we are in that frame of mind.”
Daniel Farke (Norwich), on his side’s dramatic 4-3 win over Millwall at Carrow Road: “It was one of the key moments of the season but perhaps too early to judge, in terms of what happens from here.
“We had produced a really good performance and yet we suffered so many setbacks. You had this feeling it was not deserved to be losing so late in the game. Then to be mentally strong and come back with two goals in stoppage time, and also how we scored - in terms of our philosophy and the way want to play the game.
“Jordan (Rhodes) came on from the bench and had an unbelievable impact.
“We have spoken this week about the next cup final. If you play the top sides then people say it is a key game and it is crucial for the season but to play a side at the bottom, fighting for relegation, or even a side in the middle of the table the same should apply.
“Each game counts. You have to enjoy that, calm the nerves and take a breath.”
• KEY MAN – LEE GREGORY
Big, bustling frontman who has notched 10 goals in 37 appearances for the struggling Lions this campaign. Also enjoyed himself at Den with a goal in last season’s corresponding fixture.
• OPPOSITION BOSS – NEIL HARRIS
Lions’ legend as a player and now a manager. All-time Millwall leading goalscorer and now the 10th longest serving manager in English football. Guided Millwall to League One play-off success in 2017 and kept them in the Championship last season. Through to the FA Cup quarter-finals later this month.
• BETTING ODDS
(odds supplied from Skybet)
• LEAGUE FORM
LIONS: L-L-W-D-L (4 points from a possible 15)
CITY: W-W-L-W-W (12 points from a possible 15)
• PREDICTED LINE-UPS
Millwall (4-1-4-1): Archer; Leonard, Hutchinson, Cooper, M Wallace; Ferguson; Thompson, Tunnicliffe, Elliott, J Wallace; Gregory
Norwich (4-2-3-1): Krul; Aarons, Zimmermann (C), Godfrey, Lewis; McLean, Trybull; Buendia, Stiepermann, Hernandez; Pukki
• REFEREE – DAVID WEBB (LANCASHIRE)
Shown 71 yellow and two red cards in 26 appointments this season.
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