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Millwall vs. Brentford Match Preview

March 10, 2018

Written by:

15:00, Saturday 10th March, The Den

 

One place and one point separate 10th place Brentford and 11th place Millwall who meet in South Bermondsey, and on paper this promises to be a high action affair.

 

Millwall, as anyone living under a rock doesn't know, are on a fantastic unbeaten run and haven't been beaten in the last ten league games.  Brentford will also come into this game feeling confident, as the Bees have lost just one of their last eight London derbies in the league.

 

Another reason why Brentford will feel confident is due to the fact Millwall have not beaten the West London side at home for seventeen years.  Tim Cahill scored on that day in 2001, maybe history could repeat itself...

 

 

 

LAST TIME OUT

 

 


Hull City 1-2 MILLWALL:  A ridiculously early goal from George Saville was followed by a Jake Cooper finish in the first half to guarantee Millwall the victory at the KCOM Stadium.  The Tigers worried the Lions when Hernandez scored in the 79th minute, but Neil Harris' side hung on for a fifth consecutive away victory.

 

Burton Albion 0-2 BRENTFORD: Like the Lions, Brentford scored two goals away from home which secured the Bees the three points.  Both of Brentford's goals came in the second half, and condemned Burton to a thirteenth home defeat this season.

 

 

 

LINE-UP

 

 

Millwall (4-4-2):

 

Although Millwall went up to Yorkshire and got the three points, I can see Morison coming back in for Tom Elliott.  Aiden O'Brien is getting closer to first team action, but even if he was fully fit he would still be behind Marshall who continues to impress.

 

 

Brentford (4-5-1):

 

Attacker Jozefzoon required stitches in his foot, but he should be fit and starting on the wing.  Alan Judge and Lewis Macleod came on as substitutes in the week, so will be looking at making the starting eleven.

 

 

 

KEY BATTLE:  SHAUN HUTCHINSON (MILLWALL) VS NEAL MAUPAY (BRENTFORD)

 

 

Neal Maupay may only have nine goals in all competitions, but he is part of a side that has had over 600 shots this season.  This is an amazing stat, and is the highest across the four top divisions of English football, so the Millwall back line will have their hands full.  As the more experienced out of the two, Hutchinson will be tasked with keeping Maupay quiet, but this will be a busy afternoon for the Millwall defender.

 

 

 

TALKING POINTS

 

 

 

Poor Tom Elliott?

 

To say that Tom Elliott has had an inconsistent start to his Millwall career would be a huge understatement.  When he does enough from the bench to warrant a start, his form seems to dip.  Saying that, Elliott had a good game against Hull, but when you play the same role as the club captain who is in phenomenal form, you will find yourself more than likely sat with the substitutes rather than starting.

 

 

Can either of these sides actually do it?

 

Brentford are a game in hand on some of those around them, and a positive result against the Lions could see them be just two points outside the play-offs with nine games left.  Even though Millwall are on a great run, and Neil Harris has been nominated for manager of the month, we have continued to slip under the radar and pick up points without drawing attention to ourselves.  Can either side do it and sneak in the play-offs?

 

 

 

PREDICTION: MILLWALL 1-0 BRENTFORD

 

 

 

Although Millwall aren't runaway favourites for the game, the Lions aren't expected to play against Brentford and just turn them over and this will work in Neil Harris' sides favour.  This will be an incredibly close game and I think there will only be one goal in it, and the South London side are the ones I think will score.  Although we have conceded two goals in two games, the Hutchinson/Cooper pairing will be too strong and won't be broken down in this game. 

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