Charlton Athletic vs Millwall preview: Addicks look to boost survival hopes in South London derby
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After earning six points out of a possible nine since the restart, Charlton Athletic will hope to further boost their chances of survival at home to local rivals Millwall.

Since the restart, the Addicks have not yet lost a game and they have failed to even concede a goal, after earning 1-0 victories away to Hull City and at home to Queen Park Rangers.

Then last time out, they were involved in a goalless draw at Cardiff City leaving them in 18th place, four points above the drop zone.

Although, the news that Wigan Athletic have gone into administration, consequently resulting in a 12 point deduction that could be activated this season, has helped to increase Lee Bowyer's side's chances of staying in the Championship for another season.

In comparison, Millwall have not hit as good form since the restart, they have not managed to pick up three points as of yet, and with them playing an opponent that they are ten point better off than, they must be seen as favourites.

Despite not winning since the restart, the Lions have only suffered one defeat which came by the hands of Derby County in the first game back since March.

In the two games following that, Gary Rowett's team have drew 0-0 away to relegation threatened Barnsley, and last time out, a strike from Derby loan striker Mason Bennett helped Millwall to a 1-1 draw against Swansea City at The Den.

Consequently, these disappointing two points out of a possible nine mean that Millwall sit in 11th place, five points adrift of the play- off spots, and with only six games remaining until the end of the season, their chances of a play-off finish seem to be slowly slipping away from them. 

Team news

Ahead of Friday's encounter, on loan West Bromich Albion midfielder Sam Field seems doubtful for the hosts after he picked up a head injury in the 35th minute against Cardiff.

Furthermore, right back Adam Matthews and striker Tomer Hemed did not play against Cardiff and it is uncertain whether they will be involved in the fixture against Millwall.

In addition, defender Adedeji Oshilaja is in line to return to Charlton's starting 11 as he had to settle for a spot on the bench on Tuesday night due to him not being 100% match fit.

Bowyer opted to go for a 3-5-2 system against the Bluebirds due to their limited options at right back, but if Matthews and Oshilaja are pronounced fit, it is likely that Charlton will revert back to their familiar formation of 4-4-2.

On the other hand, Bennett, who netted for the first time in a Millwall shirt on Tuesday, may not feature at all at The Valley, due to him having a back problem that meant he had to be substituted at half time in that game.

It has also been confirmed that forward Jon Dadi Bodvarsson will be unavailable for the encounter, meaning that the visitors attacking options will be limited.

Reverse fixture

The last time the two teams met was on the 9th November, when a header by striker Matt Smith in second half injury time sealed a dramatic 2-1 derby day victory for Millwall.

Centre back Shaun Hutchinson handed the hosts a sixth minute lead when he headed home from a Shaun Williams free kick from the right hand side.

Although, six minutes after the restart West Brom loanee at the time Jonathon Leko equalled up the scores, when his volley inside the area took a deflection on it’s way up to the top right hand corner.

However, when the Addicks though they were returning to The Valley with a point, a Smith header at the back post ensured that all three points were in fact going to the Lions.

Milwall's good record against Charlton

Even though Millwall do not come into this game in the best form, the fact that their opponents have not beat them since 1996 will give them confidence that they can maintain that impressive run.

In that time, both sides have faced each other 11 times both in the Championship and League On,e with the Lions winning on six occasions and drawing five.

Their most emphatic win in this incredible run no doubt came back in March 2010, when a brace by Steve Morison, a Darren Ward header and an own goal by Christian Dailly sealed a 4-0 home victory for Millwall in League One.

Although, the most entertaining game in this time period came earlier on in that season in December 2009 when both sides were involved in a thrilling 4-4 draw at The Valley

Morison scored another brace to give the Lions a two-goal advantage but two converted penalties by David Burton brought the scores level.

Nicky Bailey handed Charlton the lead for the first time in the match when he volleyed home just after the restart and the scores were equal again when Dave Martin converted from close range.

Charlton thought they surely had run away with all three points and completed the comeback when Morison headed the ball this time into his own goal, but in stoppage time a Danny Schofield strike salvaged a point for Millwall.

Predicted lineups

Charlton: Phillips; Lockyer, Pearce, Sarr; Lapslie, Cullen, Field, Forster-Caskey, Doughty; Green, Aneke.

Milwall: Bialkowski; Hutchinson, Cooper, Wallace; Romeo, Woods, Williams, Ferguson; Wallace, Bradshaw, Mahoney.

This South London Derby, taking place at The Valley, kicks off at 8:15PM on Friday and is being shown live on Sky Sports.

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