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MATCH PREVIEW: Burton Albion vs. Millwall

February 24, 2018

Written by:

15:00, Saturday 24th February, Pirelli Stadium

 

Neil Harris' Millwall travel to the home of third from bottom Burton Albion looking for their fourth away win this season.  The Brewers are in the Championship relegation zone, but being only one point and one place from safety, they will be looking to do a league double over the Lions.

 

Millwall are in great form, and will be looking for a third consecutive victory at the Pirelli stadium.  Nigel Clough knows the fight his team have in front of him, openly praising Neil Harris and his side and stating that Burton Albion "nicked the points" when his side visited The Den.

 

Although Burton have won fewer home points than any other Championship side this season, the last time Millwall visited the Brewers they were on the wrong end of a 2-1 result in December 2015.  Will Neil Harris' side do the unthinkable and actually beat a side they are favourites to beat?

 

 

 

LAST TIME OUT

 

 

 

Barnsley 1-2 BURTON ALBION: Jamie Allen's first goal for Burton was the catalyst they needed to get three points and spark new hope in their quest for survival.  A great free-kick from Jacob Davenport made it 2-0 for the Brewers, and although Kieffer Moore got a goal back, Nigel Clough's team ultimately were successful and got the three points.

 

 

MILLWALL 2-1 Sheffield Wednesday: A wonderful display of team effort and a never-say-die mentality was too much for the Owls as Millwall were 2-1 victors over Sheffield Wednesday.  Although conceding a wonderful effort that would deflate most teams, Millwall dug deep and showed how far they have come as a team and are now virtually safe from any relegation worries.

 

 

 

LINE-UP


Burton Albion (4-4-2):

 

Although he is yet to score for Burton since joining on loan from Derby, Darren Bent will surely feature, as his experience at Premier League and Championship level is invaluable.  John Brayford, Ben Turner and Tom Flanagan won't feature, but Millwall favourite Marvin Sordell will be given a late fitness test.

 

 

 

Millwall (4-4-2):

 

Millwall will remain unchanged from the side that beat Sheffield Wednesday.  Aiden O'Bien and Byron Webster remain on the side lines, and as Tim Cahill did not feature in midweek, he will get some game time this week.

 

 

 

KEY BATTLE: DARREN BENT (BURTON ALBION) VS. JAKE COOPER (MILLWALL)

 

Darren Bent's signing at Burton Albion was a great bit of business for Nigel Clough, and the Brewers' fans wouldn't have dreamed of signing a player of Bent's calibre a few years ago when they were in League Two.  Although he has had a solid season, Cooper is the more inexperienced out of the two central defenders, and Darren Bent will target this.  This could be a busy afternoon for the young defender!

 

 

 

TALKING POINTS

 

 

Have the Brewers turned a corner?

 

After seemingly doomed a few games back, the recent victory over Barnsley and the wretched form of those around them may spark a new confidence in Burton.  Knowing they have already taken three points from the South London side suggests they are more than capable of beating the Lions, and could this be the win that gets them out of the drop zone?

 

Just how good is this Millwall side?

 

Neil Harris said after the victory over Sheffield Wednesday that Millwall were above big teams in this league, but he wants more. Just what that means, only Neil Harris really knows, as the target of Championship survival is all but guaranteed with thirteen games to go.  Do Millwall go for a late push towards the play-offs, or do we consolidate our position and look to next season?

 

 

 

PREDICTION: BURTON ALBION 1-1 MILLWALL

 

 

 

Although going into the game as favourites and expecting to get the three points, I can see this being a slight banana skin for the Lions.  I cannot see Millwall losing this game, and there will be goals, but a score draw is my guess.

 

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