Millwall vs Middlesbrough preview: How to watch, kick-off time, team news, predicted lineups and ones to watch
BLACKBURN, ENGLAND - MARCH 08: Scott Malone of Millwall takes a corner kick during the Sky Bet Championship match between Blackburn Rovers and Millwall at Ewood Park on March 08, 2022 in Blackburn, England. (Photo by Lewis Storey/Getty Images)

Two teams in the ever-stretching battle for a play-off spot are set to clash at The Den on Saturday afternoon, as table-neighbours Middlesbrough, sitting in eighth position, travel to ninth placed Millwall.

For the hosts, the opportunity to leapfrog their visitors awaits, with just two points separating the teams ahead of kick-off, and with five wins in six games to boast over their visitors.

For Boro, the chance to clean up their patchy recent form awaits, as Chris Wilder's side boast victories over Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur and fellow playoff-chasers Luton Town, but also disappointing defeats to Barnsley and Sheffield United in their last four games.

Team news

Millwall boss Gary Rowett has a number of players unavailable, with Sheyi Ojo, Shaun Hutchinson, Maikel Kieftenbeld, Tom Bradshaw and Ryan Leonard all out injured. Given their recent form, however, it is unlikely that the missing players will cause too big of a headache.

For Middlesbrough, Anfernee Dijksteel may be the only selection doubt after missing the game against Sheffield United through illness.

Predicted lineups

Millwall: Bialkowski, Ballard, Cooper, Wallace, Malone, Saville, Mitchell, McNamara, Wallace, Afobe, Burey

Middlesbrough: Lumley, Dijksteel, Fry, McNair, Jones, Crooks, Howson, Tavernier, Taylor, Balogun, Connolly

Ones to watch

Jake Cooper

The towering centre-back scored the winner in Millwall's last two victories, and has been a rock at the back as The Lions rack up the results. All signs may fully well point towards another top showing from Jake Cooper.

Folarin Balogun

Despite the heavy scoreline against Sheffield United, on-loan Arsenal striker Folarin Balogun was on hand to add a consolation with his first goal for the club. With his first finish in the bag, the young prodigy will be hungry to go again.

Previous meetings

The last time these two sides faced was in a 1-1 draw at The Riverside, where a Sol Bamba own-goal cancelled out Matt Crooks' early opener as the teams settled for a point.

How to watch

The game will kick off at 15:00 GMT on Saturday March 12 at The Den in Bermondsey, London. The game will not be broadcast on television, although supporters outside of the UK and Ireland can purchase a match pass to watch a live stream of the game on either club website.

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