19:45, Friday 20th April, The Den
The unstoppable force meets the immovable object. The Clash of the Titans. Undefeated vs. Undefeated. Millwall vs. Fulham. No two teams in the top four divisions of English football have longer unbeaten streaks, and now we go toe-to-toe under the spotlights on a Friday evening to try and cement the play-off places we find ourselves in.
At the start of the season most Millwall fans would’ve thought this was a tricky game in an impending relegation battle, but as everyone knows this season has been amazing and Fulham could ultimately be one of the teams we play if the Lions secure a play-off place.
This is a huge game for both teams and certainly the two teams see this as must win. Fulham will be looking for the three points to increase the pressure on second placed Cardiff, whilst Millwall are only one point ahead of 7th place Derby who have a game in hand on the Lions.
Fulham were deserved 1-0 winners in the earlier league fixture at Craven Cottage and although head-to-head over the years the Cottagers have been more successful over Millwall, the meetings between the two in recent times has been very sparse. Besides, Millwall have torn up form guides in recent weeks. Haven’t we?..
LAST TIME OUT
Sheffield United 1-1 MILLWALL: An away trip to Bramall Lane would’ve daunted fans and players in the past, but not this Millwall side. The Lions were a goal down to a 74th minute Leon Clarke header, but showed huge character only minutes later from a superb Steve Morison finish. The Lions arguably could’ve had a penalty later in the game, but this draw keeps Millwall in the play-off places with only three games left to go.
FULHAM 1-1 Brentford: The West London derby ended in a score draw which resulted in Wolverhampton Wanderers being promoted to the top flight automatically. Fulham did look like they had secured the win when Mitrovic found the back of the net in the 70th minute, but Neal Maupay broke the White’s hearts with a 94th minute equaliser.
Millwall will again stick with their strongest side, especially when we need it most. Although players have come off the bench in recent games and come into the starting eleven and staked a claim, Neil Harris will stick with his most dangerous and energetic side to go for the victory against the Whites.
Another unchanged line-up here for Fulham, with a midfield packed full of talent. Sessegnon will be the man everyone watches on the left-wing, but Fredericks at right-back is another player who can be dangerous and cause the Lions problems.
KEY BATTLE: MAHLON ROMEO (MILLWALL) VS. RYAN SESSEGNON (FULHAM)
Ryan Sessegnon is flavour of the month at the moment and has been in award winning form this season for Fulham. He has huge potential and many clubs have been rumoured to come in for the young winger next season whether Fulham are promoted or not. Mahlon Romeo may be young and still in his debut season in the second tier, but Romeo has been a vital member of a Millwall team who have been a joy to watch. Sessegnon excites fans, who are mesmerised by his skill and pace, but the same can be said about the young Millwall full-back who is more than capable to keep the Fulham man quiet.
Will we cancel each other out?
As much as fans have been queuing around the block for tickets to this game, there is the possibility that both teams may cancel each other out. Millwall and Fulham both play an attacking style at a fast pace, but with so much at stake for the two teams will there be a more cautious approach to this game?
Last chance for Fulham?
Although arguably this is more important for the Lions who are trying to secure a play-off place, is this game more significant to Fulham who need to win this to keep the pressure on second place Cardiff City? As much as Fulham are questionably the best side in the Championship this season, teams would obviously rather go up via a runner-up spot than go through the turmoil of the play-offs. The Cottagers must win this game, or they will end up watching the Bluebirds soar to the Premier League in second place.
PREDICTION: MILLWALL 1-1 FULHAM
This may be the clash of two unbeaten sides and although many neutrals would like to see one of these runs ended, I can see the game ending in a score draw. The pressure will not get to neither side, as they have both proved they can grind out big results if need be, but I cannot see Millwall nor Fulham being victorious in this one. It will be a draw, but an entertaining one.
Come on you Lions.