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Barnsley vs. Millwall Match Preview

March 16, 2018

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13:00, Oakwell, Saturday 17th March


Millwall have to leave South Bermondsey a little earlier than originally planned this weekend, as they make their way to Yorkshire to face Barnsley.


As we know, the Lions' form has been amazing, with only Fulham's fifteen game unbeaten run bettering that of Millwall's eleven, so Neil Harris' side will be favourites going into this one.


Barnsley are worryingly close to the Championship bottom three, with only three points and a superior goal difference keeping them outside of the drop zone.  History is in the Tykes' favour, as Millwall have not won at Oakwell since 2012, but confidence will be low as they have won only one game in their last five.







BARNSLEY 1-1 Norwich:  Barnsley took the lead in this home clash with a Oli McBurnie's strike in the 45th minute, but a 71st minute strike from the Canaries' Josh Murphy ensured the Tykes' winless run at home continued.  Norwich started the game slow, but a better second half performance from the Norfolk side kept Barnsley looking nervously over their shoulder.


MILLWALL 1-0 Brentford:  An inspired Millwall defensive display managed to keep the big bad wolf of West London at bay, and our brick house stayed standing after lots of huffing and puffing.  George Saville's goal in the first minute of the game was enough for Millwall to get the three points and move to within six points of the play-offs.







Barnsley (4-4-3):


On-loan striker McBurnie is the danger man for Barnsley, as the Swansea striker has six goals in his last eight games.  Joe Williams is back in contention for the Tykes, who will be hoping for a repeat result of the earlier league fixture at The Den.



Millwall (4-4-2):


If it's not broken, don't fix it!  Millwall's unbeaten run and fantastic performance against Brentford will mean that Neil Harris will stick with his strongest eleven for this away trip.  Tim Cahill will be looking not to get booked in the first 0.00002 seconds if he comes on from the bench again.








On-loan strikers are sometimes hardest to mark against, and Hutchinson will have his hands full with Oli McBurnie.  Considering where Barnsley are in the league, it is a testament to how dangerous the young striker is if he is able to get 0.75 goals a game.  It will be a tough game for the Millwall centre-half, but Hutchinson's form has made him arguably the Lions' player of the season so far so this one will be an interesting one!







Bogey side Barnsley


Millwall fans always groan when they see Barnsley on the fixture list, and during the 1-3 home defeat in September, the Tykes fans reminded The Den faithful of a previous fixture at Wembley in 2016 when they were successful over us.  Millwall sometimes struggle to break curses on us from other teams, but we did it away against Hull City, so could we do it again?...


Millwall's midfield mystery


The Brentford game had many fans, (including me) preaching about how well the Millwall back-line performed.  However, a lot of fans questioned the efficiency of our midfield which was uncharacteristically bypassed and not really in the game.  Shaun Williams and George Saville are arguably one of the best midfield partnerships in the league, but with Ryan Tunnicliffe, Tim Cahill and Ben Thompson chomping at the bit to get on the field and start, Saville and Williams need to get back to their best.








Neil Harris' side are oozing confidence and after saying that the Lions are not getting the recognition they deserve, he will be determined to go to Barnsley and get the three points.  The togetherness of this side and the fantastic away support will see the Lions victorious, but I do not see many goals.





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