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Millwall FC v Reading FC: Match Preview

After a morale boosting win in the fourth round of the FA Cup against Cardiff on Saturday attention now turns to Millwall and Reading's match at The Den on Tuesday evening; Phil Owtram previews the action.

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Millwall FC v Reading FC
League Championship
Tuesday 27th January, KO 7:45PM
The Den
Referee: Andrew Madley

Reading (18th)

Form (all comps): WLDWW
Cardiff v Reading (FA Cup): 1-2
Fulham v Reading: 2-1
Reading v Middlesbrough: 0-0
Huddersfield v Reading (FA Cup): 0-1
Reading v Norwich: 2-1
Brighton v Reading: 2-2

Manager: Steve Clarke

Reading followed up a disappointing defeat to Fulham a week ago on Saturday with a battling win at Cardiff City in the fourth round of the FA Cup at the weekend. The Royals came from 1-0 down to win in the Welsh Capital for just the third time in ten attempts. Kenwyne Jones opened the scoring for the hosts rising highest to head Cardiff in front in the 25th minute before Reading took control of the game in the second half. The result was turned on its’ head thanks to a well taken free-kick from Oliver Norwood and a delightful flick from Welshman Hal Robson-Kanu two minutes from time. The result means Reading are in the hat for the fifth round for the second time in five seasons.
Attention now quickly turns to an away game against Millwall on Tuesday evening. With the team on a high from Saturday’s result and with Millwall struggling at the bottom of the table this fixture presents a good opportunity to climb above Charlton in 17th with a win.

Millwall (22nd)

Form (all comps): LLLDL
Millwall v Ipswich: 1-3
Bradford v Millwall (FA Cup): 4-0
Blackpool v Millwall: 1-0
Millwall v Bradford (FA Cup): 3-3
Millwall v Bournemouth: 0-2

Manager: Ian Holloway

Millwall have been on a dismal run of form and have not won in 7 matches, since 12th December when they won 1-0 at then struggling Brighton. In fact that was their only win in 14 matches and 1 of only 5 in the league all season. This run means Ian Holloway’s side sit in 22nd position and the relegation zone going into this one, 3 points adrift of Rotherham in 21st. Reading will still have to be weary entering The Lions den, a wounded animal is often a dangerous one…plus they have insider information courtesy of former Royal Shaun Cummings who could make a quick first appearance against his former club after his transfer earlier this month, ending a 5 and-a-half year stay at Madejski Stadium.

Last five meetings

16 Sep 2014 Reading v Millwall W 3-2 League Championship
01 Feb 2014 Millwall v Reading W 0-3 League Championship
26 Oct 2013 Reading v Millwall D 1-1 League Championship
03 Mar 2012 Millwall v Reading W 1-2 League Championship
06 Aug 2011 Reading v Millwall D 2-2 League Championship

Head to Head

These teams have met 87 times before in all competitions, the first of which was on 31st October 1925 in the old Division Three (South) when Reading won 2-0 at Elm Park. The most recent meeting was at Madejski Stadium in September when the Royals came out 3-2 winners thanks to a double from Simon Cox and a Nick Blackman penalty. Last season’s game at the Madjeski ended in a 1-1 draw after Sean Morrison’s goal was cancelled out by a 90th minute Liam Trotter penalty. Reading have a good recent record against Millwall winning seven of the last ten meetings. You have to go back to August 2004 for the last time Millwall beat Reading, 1-0 at The Den.

Team News

Reading: Chris Gunter may miss out after being substituted in the FA Cup game against Cardiff with an ankle problem. Danny Guthrie and Jamie Mackie missed Saturday’s game with groin injuries and this one may come too soon for them. Anton Ferdinand and Hope Akpan continue to recover from calf and shoulder injuries respectively.

Millwall: Millwall will welcome back Mark Beevers and Shaun Williams for the visit of Reading after both were suspended for their last match, a 3-1 defeat to Ipswich. Williams was serving his last of a four match ban. Paris Cowan-Hall recently transferred from Wycombe but a calf-injury may again delay his debut after he also missed the Ipswich game. Right-back Carlos Edwards (cruciate) is a long-term absentee and will not feature.

Prediction: Millwall 0-2 Reading