Millwall will be looking to achieve their second league win under new manager Gary Rowett this Saturday in the South London derby against Charlton at The Den.
It will be the 75th meeting between the two sides from the south-east of the capital, with Millwall leading the head to head, with 35 wins compared to Charlton’s 12.
A win for Millwall could move them up a place in the table to 16th, and ensure the bragging rights in South London are secured for the time being.
We look at two ways which The Lions can hurt Charlton this Saturday in the derby as they look to extend their unbeaten run against the Addicks…
Getting Jed Wallace on the ball in the opposition half
The 25-year-old right midfielder has been outstanding for his club this season, notching up six goals for the Lions.
He will be key asset to the Millwall side this Saturday, as Rowett will want to get his star man on the ball as often as he can, as Wallace’s ability to beat a man on the run is excellent.
If Ben Purrington starts at left-back as expected for Charlton, he may have his work cut out to keep the winger at bay.
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Utilising set pieces
With their direct style of play, Millwall’s strengths lie in aerial duals and set pieces, and The Lions will be hoping to use that to their advantage tomorrow.
Although they have scored just five goals from set pieces this season – a figure which is lower than normal for Millwall – they are ranked 21st in the league for goals scored from open play. This means that we can expect to Rowett’s side to attack from corners and indirect free-kicks.
This may mean 6’6′ striker Matt Smith may have to return to the side to provide some added presence in the air, which would mean Rowett could switch the formation to a 4-4-2 to accommodate him alongside star man Tom Bradshaw upfront.