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Norwich City vs Millwall Preview

January 1, 2018

Written by:

15:00, Monday 1st January, Carrow Road

 

Millwall's first fixture of the new calendar year is away to Norwich City.  Neil Harris will be hoping one of his New Year's Resolutions will be to be more successful on the road, and get his first away win of the season.

 

Norwich are unbeaten in their last 19 home games against The Lions, winning 12 and drawing 7, but will be wary going up against a Millwall side in good form.

 

The Canaries are without a home league clean sheet in seven matches, so normally this should suggest goals, but The Lions haven't scored a single away goal beyond the 50th minute in 2017-18.

 

 

 

LAST TIME OUT

 

 

 

MILLWALL 1-0 QPR - The game was overshadowed by the return of Ian Holloway, but Millwall rose to the occasion and produced a great home win with Steve Morison's first goal of the season.  Not a vintage performance by any means, but the three points were awarded leaving The Lions on 30 points.

 

Burton Albion 0-0 NORWICH - Norwich were expecting the win at The Brewers and many would've had this as an away victory on their 10-fold.  Burton had the better chances of the game and this result mirrored the same result in September at Carrow Road.

 

 

 

LINE-UP

 

 

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

 

Although not a great performance against QPR, Harris will be hesitant to change a winning side.  Tunnicliffe may move out to the left to accommodate Williams, if Harris feels Williams' late sub appearance did enough to warrant a start.

 

 

NORWICH (4-2-3-1): Gunn; Pinto, Klose, Hanley, Lewis; Tettey, Tryball; Pritchard, Maddison, Murphy; Oliveira

 

Pritchard will come in place of Hoolahan out wide, after coming on as a substitute late against Burton.  Oliveira will look to get on the score sheet, but will have a tough time against the impressive Jake Cooper.

 

 

 

KEY BATTLE: NELSON OLIVEIRA (NORWICH CITY) VS. JAKE COOPER (MILLWALL)

 

 

Nelson Oliveira is Norwich's main threat, has been linked with a January move to league leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers and will be a stern test for Millwall's back line.  Oliveira has seven goals this season and would expect a higher goal return for this stage, but he is in good form with two goals in his last three games.

 

 

 

TALKING POINTS

 

 

 

Millwall's away form

 

Millwall are formidable at home, with The Den being a fortress, but our away form is dreadful.  The performances have been good and warranted victories, but it's the points that really matter and there are very little of these to brag about on the road.  Will this change against an inconsistent Norwich?

 

 

The Canaries are struggling to spread their wings

 

Norwich will have hoped to have been nearer the play-offs then they currently are, and will be disappointed to be in mid table half way through the season.  The defensive frailties at the start of the season have been ironed out, but

more goals are needed if they are to push up the table.

 

 

 

 

PREDICTION: NORWICH CITY 0-0 MILLWALL

 

 

 

Although Millwall have picked up recent victories and have shown they are capable of grinding out results, Norwich will keep The Lions out.  Millwall have built from the back and have a formidable centre half partnership with Cooper and Hutchinson, which also will keep The Canaries front line quiet.  A no score draw is my prediction at Carrow Road, but I'll be happy with that.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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