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Leeds United vs Millwall Match Preview

January 19, 2018

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15:00, Saturday 20th January, Elland Road

 

Let's not beat about the bush, if Leeds home and away weren't the first two games that Millwall fans were looking at when the Championship fixtures came out, they certainly were in the top three.

 

There may be 206 miles between the two clubs, but this game has big bragging rights attached to it, more so than against other teams that both would consider rivals.  Some say that Millwall and Leeds United are two of only a select few working class football clubs left, and although there is a gulf in size and history between the two, both sets of fans see this a huge game.

 

Leeds currently sit outside the play-offs on goal difference, in mediocre form of two wins, two defeats and one draw in their last five league games.  The Lions are sat just below mid table in 16th place, with one win, two draws and two defeats in their last five Championship fixtures. These stats suggest that Leeds may be favourites, considering that Millwall have also not won away this year, but don't let form fool you when these two play each other.  After all, it was Millwall who stopped Leeds unbeaten start to the season back in September.

 

 

LAST TIME OUT

 


MILLWALL 1-1 Preston North End - A lacklustre game with few chances saw Millwall take the lead from a sweeping finish from Aiden O'Brien, before some late pressure saw Callum Robinson equalise in the 80th minute.  A draw was probably the fairest result in a game that saw both sides cancel each other out, and Neil Harris will demand a bigger performance from his team.

 

Ipswich Town 1-0 LEEDS UNITED - Either a draw or win would have seen Leeds go back into the play-offs, but alas, Bersant Celina's long-range goal condemned United to defeat.  Leeds were reduced to ten men when Eunan O'Kane was given a straight red, so a home win for the Whites against the Lions will be much needed to put them back on track.

 

 

 

LINE-UP

 

 

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

 

Although an inconsistent performance last time out, Neil Harris should stick with the same line-up that drew with Preston.  The back four picks itself, as they have played well together all season, and if there is a change it could be Shaun Williams for Ryan Tunnicliffe.  Shane Ferguson is back, as is Tom Elliott, but neither will feature from the start.

 

Leeds (4-2-3-1): Wiedwald; Berardi, Cooper, Jansson, De Bock; Klich, Phillips; Cibicki, Hernandez, Alioksi; Lasogga;

 

Leeds have recently added Adam Forshaw to their ranks from Middlesbrough, but he will have to sit this game out due to injury.  Samuel Saiz continues to serve a ban after spitting at a player in the FA Cup game against Newport County.

 

 

 

KEY BATTLE: PABLO HERNANDEZ (LEEDS UNITED) VS. RYAN TUNICLIFFE (MILLWALL)

 

 

Pablo Hernandez is a quality attacking midfielder, and Ryan Tunicliffe will have his hands full if he starts.  A respectable return of six goals in twenty-seven games this season shows that Hernandez knows where the back of the net is, so Tunnicliffe will need to do the dirty work and ensure the Spaniard doesn't successfully link up with the forward line.

 

 

 

TALKING POINTS

 

 

Throw the form book out the window

 

The thought of going to Elland Road against Leeds can be an intimidating prospect, but not to this Millwall side.  Neil Harris has been victorious in Yorkshire as a player, so knows how to get under the oppositions skin.  There are some teams that when they go head-to-head that you cannot call it, and Millwall v Leeds United is one of them.

 

 

Leeds in a rut?

 

Although there is no question Leeds are one of the biggest teams in the country, their recent run of results does not have them as all conquering as their fans believe they are.  Along with these poor results, they have only scored once in the last four fixtures, and that was in the FA Cup defeat to League Two Newport.

 

 

 

PREDICTION:  LEEDS UNITED 1-3 MILLWALL

 

 

Leeds are in horrendous form and Millwall are confident going into this game.  If there is ever going to be a team to end the horrific away run, it has to be at Elland Road.  Let's hope the Damned United will be marching on together to the exits when we smash in our third.

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