Written by billythekid
After the disappointing 3-2 away defeat against Derby County on Sunday, the Cherries need to come back and show the same reaction they showed against Swansea City after the previous home defeat against Preston in their next away game. That game is a visit to the Den, the home of the ‘Lions’, Millwall on Wednesday at 7.45 pm, the game is being shown on the Sky red button.
Gary Rowett is in his third season at Millwall as their manager and he has added to his squad this season with the permanent signing of a former player of ours defender Scott Malone from Derby County, goalkeeper George Long from Hull City and midfielder George Saville from Middlesbrough. On loan are three players, Dan Ballard from Arsenal, striker and another former AFCB player Benik Afobe from Stoke city and midfielder Sheyi Ojo from Liverpool.
Rowett’s side had an indifferent start to the season in their first nine games, winning one, drawing six and losing two. In their last nine games their form has picked up and they have won five, drawn two and lost two, in their last away game at Middlesbrough they drew 1-1.
In their home games, they have beaten Blackpool 2-1, Bristol City 1-0, Stoke City 2-1 and Reading 1-0. They have drawn 1-1 with Blackburn Rovers, Coventry City and Derby County. Lost 1-2 against Fulham and 0-1 to Luton Town. Away they have won 2, drawn 5 and lost 2.
AFCB’s last visit to the Den will be remembered as it was the 7th win in the unbeaten run which came to an end in our next home game against Brentford. The Cherries won 1-4 with our goals coming from Billing, Danjuma and Brooks in the first half and in the second half J Wallace made it 1-3 before Solanke added goal number 4 for AFCB.
In AFCB’s visit to Millwall, AFCB have W 11, D, 2, L 23.
In all competitions, AFCB have W 28, D 13, L 38.
Millwall v AFCB
Millwall Team News
No new injury news from the Den, so they should have a strong squad to pick from.
Millwall Player To Watch
Jed Wallace, leading scorer/assists, with 5 on both counts. Been an important player for the Lions this season.
AFCB Team News
Lloyd Kelly missed the game at Derby through injury and looks likely to miss the Millwall game. Ben Pearson wasn’t in the squad again at Derby, along with Robbie Brady, it seems both had minor knocks and could be available for Wednesday. Zeno Ibsen-Rossi is also injured. Others missing we know about. We will be without the services of Philip Billing, who picked up his fifth yellow card at Derby and is suspended.
AFCB Player To Watch
This will be another hard game, Millwall haven’t conceded more than two goals in a home game and the only team to do this were Fulham. Again we need Dominic Solanke and Jaidon Anthony to take their chances as they did at Derby. Also, Ryan Christie in midfield will be important.
The referee is Dean Whitestone.
He has been in charge of two of our previous games this season, home against West Brom and away at Stoke City.
Billing suspended. What would you do? The options far as I can see:
Keeping everything else as is, replace Billing with Marcondes like for like.
Move Christie inside and have Lowe on the right. Or there’s Marcondes, Rogers or others for the right.
Keep Christie right, have Lowe through the middle with Dom in a more classic 4-4-2.
Millwall away isn’t the ideal place I’d have in mind to go and experiment too much. I guess Lowe on the right worked well against Bristol City (though Millwall are a better side). – Join the conversation, click here.