Millwall travel to Stoke City in the Championship this afternoon, as Gary Rowett prepares to face his former club.

Millwall v Stoke City is one of a number of ‘Gary Rowett derbies’ in the Championship. Only a place separates the two sides who are both tied on 55 points for the season, with 10th-place Millwall edging it on goal difference,

A win for either side could lift them as high as 8th going into the final run in of the campaign, and so a win could give either side hopes of a late top-six surge.

Rowett takes his side to Stoke on the back of back-to-back wins in the Championship against Middlesbrough and Rotherham United last time out.

Both games finished 1-0 to the Lions and expect a similar scoreline at the bet365 Stadium today, with both Millwall and Stoke having proved goal-shy at times this season.

One man who could prove the difference today though is Millwall’s Dan McNamara – the 22-year-old has started the last two outings and on the right-hand side, he’s proved a hugely positive outlet for Millwall.

The Irishman has had to be patient to get his chance in the first-team but now having started the last two, he’s taken his appearances tally up to nine in the Championship for this season, and fans are quickly warming to him.

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After the 1-0 win over Middlesbrough, Millwall fans were quick to head to Twitter and share their praise for McNamara and Rowett needs to include him again today.

His pace and forward-thinking could give Millwall the edge in what’s bound to be a cagey match between two cagey sides – but that instantaneous burst of pace could catch Stoke City out.

A win today would be a huge result for Millwall, and it’d give them a slight sniff of the play-offs after a steady second half of the season so far.