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Apr 21, 2021 at 6pm UK
MillwallMillwall
1-4
BournemouthBournemouth
Wallace (49')
Malone (46'), Cooper (65'), McNamara (80')
FT(HT: 0-3)
Billing (16'), Danjuma (27'), Brooks (44'), Solanke (67')
Billing (80')

Preview: Millwall vs. Bournemouth - prediction, team news, lineups

:Headline: Preview: Millwall vs. Bournemouth - prediction, team news, lineups:
Sports Mole previews Wednesday's Championship clash between Millwall and Bournemouth, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
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Bournemouth will be looking to maintain their superb run of form in their pursuit of a playoff place when they travel to Millwall on Wednesday evening.

The Cherries have won six Championship games in a row to move into fifth, while Millwall's top-six hopes are effectively over after two games without a win.


Match preview

Jonathan Woodgate's side are by far and away the most in-form side in the second tier, having taken 18 points from the last 18 on offer over the past month.

For comparison, Birmingham City and Watford are next on that list with 13 points from their last six matches.

Not since April 2013 when in League One have Bournemouth enjoyed a better run of form, which Woodgate will be hoping to prolong heading into the playoffs.

Bournemouth are still not quite guaranteed a place in the top six, but their 3-1 win at promoted Norwich City on Saturday leaves them seven points clear of Reading in seventh.

The Cherries have fourth-placed Brentford to face later in the week, so a couple of defeats in the coming days may just set up a nervy finale to the campaign.

Millwall are themselves not officially out of the promotion picture just yet, but they need to win each of their remaining four games and hope the sides above them lose all theirs.

That is all but impossible, but Gary Rowett will be pleased with his side's campaign on the whole, even if they head into this game on the back of two games without a win.

The Lions went down 3-0 to Swansea City last time out on home soil and followed that up with a 0-0 draw at Brentford last time out.

That was a credible point at the Brentford Community Stadium, with Marcus Forss missing the best of the hosts' chances as they slipped up in the race for automatic promotion.

On the back of the loss to Swansea, Millwall are now looking to avoid suffering back-to-back home league losses for the first time since March 2019.

Millwall Championship form:
  • L
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • L
  • D

Bournemouth Championship form:
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W

Bournemouth form (all competitions):
  • L
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W


Team News

Shaun Hutchinson and Ryan Leonard have both been ruled out for the home side, who may be tempted to tweak things slightly with little left to play for.

Young midfielder Billy Mitchell dropped out of the side against Brentford but may return here, while Jon Dadi Bodvarsson is another pushing for inclusion.

Striker Matt Smith has been directly involved in four goals in his last four league games against Bournemouth - three goals and one assist - but he will not start this game.

As for Bournemouth, Shane Long will not play again in the regular season because of an ankle injury, while Lewis Cook is another confirmed absentee for this trip to the capital.

Woodgate will be tempted to go with the same lineup that saw off Norwich last time out, but Sam Surridge may come into his thoughts after replacing Jefferson Lerma at half time.

Arnaut Danjuma scored a superb strike at Carrow Road to make it 14 league goals for the campaign, and he will more than likely get the nod out on the left again here.

Millwall possible starting lineup:
Bialkowski; M. Wallace, Pearce, Cooper; McNamara, Mitchell, Woods, Evans, Malone; J. Wallace, Bennett

Bournemouth possible starting lineup:
Begovic; Smith, Cook, Carter-Vickers, Kelly; Lerma, Billing, Pearson; Stanislas, Solanke, Danjuma


We say: Millwall 0-1 Bournemouth

It has been more than two years since Millwall lost back-to-back home matches, but we can see that being the case on Wednesday evening.

Bournemouth have been in fantastic form and have the quality to maintain that run into the playoffs, with another win here all but confirming a top-six spot.



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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
CNorwich CityNorwich45299773343996
3Brentford452315776413584
4Swansea CitySwansea4523111156371980
5Bournemouth4522111273442977
6Barnsley45238145648877
7Reading451912146052869
8Cardiff CityCardiff4518131465481767
9Queens Park RangersQPR451811165454065
10Middlesbrough451810175550564
11Millwall451517134646062
12Luton TownLuton451711174049-962
13Preston North EndPreston45177214755-858
14Stoke CityStoke451415164852-457
15Blackburn RoversBlackburn451412196052854
16Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest451216173643-752
17Coventry CityCoventry451313194360-1752
18Birmingham CityBirmingham451313193556-2152
19Bristol City45156244565-2051
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield451212214869-2148
21Derby CountyDerby451110243355-2243
22Rotherham UnitedRotherham45118264359-1641
23Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds451210233758-2140
24Wycombe WanderersWycombe451010253669-3340
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Championship Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
CNorwich CityNorwich45299773343996
3Brentford452315776413584
4Swansea CitySwansea4523111156371980
5Bournemouth4522111273442977
6Barnsley45238145648877
7Reading451912146052869
8Cardiff CityCardiff4518131465481767
9Queens Park RangersQPR451811165454065
10Middlesbrough451810175550564
11Millwall451517134646062
12Luton TownLuton451711174049-962
13Preston North EndPreston45177214755-858
14Stoke CityStoke451415164852-457
15Blackburn RoversBlackburn451412196052854
16Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest451216173643-752
17Coventry CityCoventry451313194360-1752
18Birmingham CityBirmingham451313193556-2152
19Bristol City45156244565-2051
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield451212214869-2148
21Derby CountyDerby451110243355-2243
22Rotherham UnitedRotherham45118264359-1641
23Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds451210233758-2140
24Wycombe WanderersWycombe451010253669-3340
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