Millwall will be hoping to keep their slim chances of a play-off spot alive when they welcome Birmingham to the Den this week.
Gary Rowett’s men currently sit 11th in the Championship but are seven points off sixth-placed Preston with 12 games remaining having shown improvements since Neil Harris’ departure.
Their opponents, and Rowett’s former side, Birmingham are four points behind them and look safe from relegation but also just outside the race for a play-off spot.
Can Birmingham end Millwall’s hopes or will the Lions keep climbing up the table? Read on for our Millwall vs Birmingham preview, predictions, team news and live stream options.
When is Millwall vs Birmingham and where can I watch live?
Venue: The Den
Date: Wednesday, 26 February 2020
Kick-off: 7:45 PM (UK time)
TV coverage (UK): Sky Sports Football, Sky Sports Main Event
Last five meetings: Millwall vs Birmingham
30 November 2019: Birmingham 1-1 Millwall (Championship)
13 March 2019: Birmingham 0-2 Millwall (Championship)
28 November 2018: Millwall 0-2 Birmingham (Championship)
17 February 2018: Birmingham 0-1 Millwall (Championship)
21 October 2017: Millwall 2-0 Birmingham (Championship)
Aggregate Score: Millwall (DWLWW) 6-3 Birmingham (DLWLL)
Ones to watch
Millwall: Jed Wallace
Since his permanent move from Wolves in 2017, Jed Wallace has become such a key player for Millwall. The 25-year-old was a star under Harris and has continued that form with Rowett at the helm, helping Millwall rise up the table.
Wallace is the only Millwall player to have hit double figures for goals, causing problems from the right side of midfield. But he has almost matched that in his creation, registering nine assists so far.
He hasn’t been involved in a goal in his past five league appearances, a run that has also seen Millwall score just three three goals and winning once – testament to his importance. But, Wallace will want to turn things around and help get Millwall back on the right track.
Key stat: Jed Wallace has been directly involved in 19 Championship goals this season, more than any other Millwall player.
Birmingham: Lukas Jutkiewicz
Lukas Jutkiewicz has tested himself in various teams around Britain with differing levels of success. But the Southampton-born striker finds himself most at home with Birmingham.
Playing 160 games for the Blues, Jutkiewicz has scored 45 goals, 13 of which have come in the Championship this season with the latest in Birmingham’s 3-3 draw with Sheffield Wednesday at the weekend.
Even on his worst days, the 30-year-old can still be a threat and Millwall’s back three will have to pay close attention to Jutkiewicz throughout.
Key stat: Lukas Jutkiewicz has scored 13 goals in the Championship this season, at least nine more than any other Birmingham player.
Millwall have no fresh injury concerns following their defeat against Wigan at the weekend, meaning Ben Thompson, Frank Fielding and Shaun Williams are the only certain absentees.
Jayson Molumby and Shaun Hutchinson both had knocks against Wigan but came through unscathed, so should be available for selection, while Mason Bennett could also feature. Ryan Leonard is a doubt.
Predicted XI: Bialkowski; Hutchinson, Cooper, Pearce; Romeo, Molumby, Woods, M Wallace; J Wallace, Bradshaw, Bodvarsson.
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Jake Clarke-Salter should be available for selection despite coming off early against Sheffield Wednesday due to a knee injury, with Pep Clotet revealing the change was merely a precaution.
However, Clotet may still opt for the more experienced Harlee Dean with Birmingham facing a tough upcoming schedule. Kerim Mrabti, Jacques Maghoma and Josh McEachran remain out.
Predicted XI: Camp; Roberts, Dean, Pedersen; Bellingham, Sunjic, Gardner, Bela; Jutkiewicz, Hogan.
There was nothing to separate these two sides when they met earlier in the season and it will be another close encounter in south London.
However, Birmingham go into the game on much better form than their hosts, unbeaten since New Year’s Day in a run that has also seen them reach the fifth round of the FA Cup.
If they can take the momentum of this run with them to face a Millwall side with just one win in six, then all signs point to a Birmingham victory.