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Millwall vs Wolverhampton Wanderers Preview

December 24, 2017

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13:00, Tuesday 26th December, The Den

 

'Tis the season to be jolly, and table-topping Wolves travel down to The Den for this Boxing Day fixture in South London.  As with this time of year, it is better to give than receive, and The Lions will be hoping that the team from the West Midlands will gift Millwall a valuable three points.

 

Wolves have spent vast amounts of money this season, but have been rewarded with a seven point cushion at the top of the Championship with a +26 goal difference.  Their recent form has been near perfect, taking 13 points from a possible 15 in their last five games, and will be expected to leave The Den with a win.

 

Millwall will be looking to put the recent 3-0 defeat to Derby - more specifically a chaotic five minutes - behind them and do better against the bigger sides at home.  Will The Lions learn from Christmas Past and sneak a win?  Or will the Scrooges from the Midlands be screaming Humbug at the final whistle?

 

 

 

LAST TIME OUT

 

 

Derby County 3-0 MILLWALL - Three goals in a mad five minutes condemned Millwall to an away defeat and The Lions are still to record a victory on the road this season.  Millwall did have some good chances, with former England international Scott Carson keeping out Lee Gregory, but once again Millwall's attacks produced no goals.

 

 

WOLVES 1-0 Ipswich - A first half goal from Ivan Cavaleiro gave Wolves their first win over Ipswich since August 2006.  The win took Wanderers to an impressive 54 points at the half way mark, and showed their class by grinding out 3 points in a tough game.

 

 

LINE-UP

 

 

MILLWALL (4-4-2): Archer;  McLaughlin, Hutchinson, Cooper, Meredith; Wallace, Tunnicliffe, Saville, O'Brien; Gregory, Morison

 

A little shake up may be needed at the back, with McLaughlin coming back in for Mahlon Romeo.  Although there is still a lack of goals, I still believe Morison will be favoured over Elliott.  Also, there is a chance Harris may start Williams instead of Tunnicliffe.

 

 

WOLVES (3-4-3): Ruddy; Bennett, Coady, Boly; Doherty, Saiss, Neves, Douglas; Cavaleiro, Leo Bonatini, Jota

 

Nuno Espirito Santo will look at keeping the same line-up that was victorious over Ipswich, although the fixture build up will mean there could be some squad rotation.  Costa, N'Diaye and Enobakhare my be recalled to the starting eleven.

 

 

KEY BATTLE:  LEE GREGORY (MILLWALL) VS CONOR COADY (WOLVES)

 

 

Gregory will be hoping to give the Millwall fans something to cheer about, and would hope to replicate his superb performance he had against Sheffield United.  Gregory sits on the shoulder of the last man superbly, but Wolves have only conceded 17 goals in the league all season.  This will be a tough festive walnut to crack, does Lee Gregory have the nutcracker on his foot?

 

TALKING POINTS

 

 

 

What does Elliott need to do to start?

 

Tom Elliott must be wondering what does he need to do to get a start.  His arrival in the summer was met with excitement and anticipation, but Elliott seems to have disappeared into the background.  This is through no fault of his own, as he does not seem to have been given the chance to shine.  Although spending the majority of the season on the bench, his goal return is respectable from there, but Elliott must be getting frustrated with his lack of minutes.

 

 

King Archer?  Or King for Archer?

 

Jordan Archer has come under heavy scrutiny this season, with some fans calling for either David Martin or Tom King.  Archer has made some howlers this season, but he has also been News at Den's player of the month for September and October, a poll voted for by Millwall fans.  Archer is by far Millwall's best goalkeeper, but needs to start showing the form that got him his international call up.

 

 

 

PREDICTION: MILLWALL 0-0 WOLVES

 

 

 

Millwall always perform against the big sides, especially at home, and none come bigger so far than the run away league leaders.  I believe we will step up to the occasion, but a no score draw is what my money would be on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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