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MATCH PREVIEW: Millwall vs. Sheffield Wednesday

February 19, 2018

Written by:

19:45, Tuesday 20th February, The Den


The team who were created as an offshoot of the famous Wednesday Cricket Club travel down to South Bermondsey for the midweek fixture against the team who originated from J.T. Morton's canning and preserve factory.


Both teams sit in and around the mid to lower table places in the Championship, and are in no real danger of relegation, but don't think this is a game that both will take lightly.  Wednesday are in reasonable form, with only one defeat for the Owls in the last five Championship fixtures, whilst Millwall are enjoying a run of three wins and two draws in their last five league games.


This game should have goals, as both Wednesday and Millwall have found the net in each of their last seven league meetings.  The head-to-head does go in the Owl's favour, as Millwall have not beaten Wednesday since September 2005.







Birmingham City 0-1 MILLWALL: Although the Lions would've preferred a home FA Cup tie against Tottenham Hotspur last weekend, an away win at St. Andrews and a first league double over Birmingham since the stone-age was a welcome consolation prize.  Millwall were well organised, and although the Blues had more possession and shots at goal, their only shot on target wasn't until second half stoppage time.



SHEFF. WEDS 0-0 Swansea City: The Owls welcomed back former boss Carlos Carvalhal for the FA Cup game at Hillsborough.  Neither team prioritised the game, as both sides would rather secure their respective league statuses, but Wednesday's Cameron Dawson was the busier of the two goalkeepers.






Millwall (4-4-2):

Although Fred came on and changed the game for Millwall, I can still see Neil Harris starting with the same line-up that beat Birmingham City.  Cahill seems to be getting more minutes as the weeks go on, but he still will not start for the Lions.



Sheffield Wednesday (3-5-2):


There will be changes from the side that drew with Swansea, and Sheffield Wednesday will return to the strongest side available.  Jordan Rhodes will miss the game with illness, which could pave the way for Nuhiu to shine.  Nuhiu has featured mainly as a sub so far this season, and will relish the chance to show what he can do if he's given the start.








Although George Boyd has played the majority of his career in an attacking role, the system that Wednesday play with wing-backs means that Boyd will be required to defend as well as bombing forward.  Jed Wallace is Millwall's danger man, so if he is kept quiet then that's half the job done, but when Jed is on form he is impossible to play against.








At a cross-Rhodes?


Gary Hooper is out of sight in the goal scoring charts for Sheffield Wednesday with eleven goals, but in his absence the Owls do not seem to have much of a goal threat.  Jordan Rhodes is second with goals scored, but he is five behind Hooper and is also missing from the South Yorkshire side.  With their combined seventeen strikes making up half of their team's goals, will this be a consecutive game where Wednesday fail to find the back of the net?



Lions looking up?


Although in a positional sense Millwall are still a way off the play-off places, a decent run could see Neil Harris' side leapfrog a number of teams and go for a late surge.  The Lions have shown that they are more than capable of rubbing shoulders with the best teams in the division, but will Neil Harris dare to dream of a loftier league position?








The Den has become a fortress and Millwall are oozing confidence at the moment.  The one stumbling block or potential banana skin is that Millwall normally step up to the teams higher up the table, but the Lions will be too strong for the Owls.  There will be goals, but I can see Neil Harris' side just edging it.   Come on you Lions.

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