Norwich fans rooting for Clark's Terriers tonight

Norwich City supporters are likely to be glued to their television sets this evening to watch a game that could either set up a promotion party - or leave their side under pressure heading into the weekend.

Norwich City supporters are likely to be glued to their television sets this evening to watch a game that could either set up a promotion party - or leave their side under pressure heading into the weekend.

Third placed Millwall go into their clash at play-off chasing Huddersfield knowing a win would take them to within four points of long-time leaders City, with three games still to play. On the other side of the coin, a Lions defeat at the Galpharm Stadium would leave the Canaries in a position to all but clinch promotion with a win at Charlton tomorrow, while a draw would also play into City's hands.

So the stakes could hardly be higher in this evening's top six showdown, which is being shown live onSky Sports One from 7.30pm.

Kenny Jackett's Millwall are the division's form side and head to Yorkshire on the back of an unbeaten 11-match league run that included a 2-0 win at second-placed Leeds in their previous televised appearance.


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Millwall need just a point against Lee Clark's side to leapfrog Leeds on goal difference to claim the second automatic promotion spot ahead of this weekend's fixtures for the rest of the chasing pack.

Jackett is wary of the free-scoring Terriers who boast the best goals for record of any club in the third tier on their own patch.

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'Huddersfield are one of the few sides in the division who have spent big in terms of transfer fees, so they have high hopes and expectations,' he said. 'They've got some very talented forwards who can score goals. We will have to work hard to stop them but we will also be looking to give them problems too. It is important we try to create and make some chances for ourselves going forward.'

Former Norwich assistant manager Clark knows the hosts need maximum points to cement their spot in the final play-off place.

'Friday night is massive, because it's another game we can win,' he said. 'Millwall are up there challenging for the automatic places and we know it's not going to be easy - they have improved their squad and team in the two or three years that Kenny Jackett has been there. Gradually, they have become one of the main forces in the league - after all, they got to the play-off final last season.

'They are very well organised as a team and they are on a great run, but all good runs have to come to an end. I hope having the Sky cameras here proves to be a lucky omen for us, but in all seriousness winning the match any way we can is our priority.'

If Millwall come away with all three points tonight then City would need something from tomorrow's trip to Charlton just to keep their rivals at arms length. A defeat and it really would pile on the pressure ahead of the next home game against Gillingham.

If Millwall draw, then the Canaries would remain six points clear, with a game in hand, and under less pressure to finally end their London hoodoo at the Valley.

If Millwall lose, then the Canaries would remain seven points clear of their rivals, and in a position all but clinch promotion at Charlton.

A win against Phil Parkinson's side would then leave City out of reach as far both the Addicks and the Lions were concerned - while Swindon, with a far worse goal difference - would only have a slim mathematical chance of catching them, even if they beat Walsall at home.

Leeds - who are at Gillingham tomorrow - will remain in touch whatever happens at the weekend - but as two go up automatically that wouldn't be a problem.

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