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West Bromwich Albion vs. Millwall Match Preview

September 22, 2018

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After a humbling 2-0 defeat away at QPR, Neil Harris takes his men to the Midlands to face off with 4th place, West Bromwich Albion.

 

The Baggies stuck with Darren Moore after their relegation from the Premier League last season and this loyalty has been repaid, with the Midlands side in the top 6 and only four points behind top spot.  West Brom have also been successful in front of goal, with 20 goals scored already in the league including a 7-1 win against QPR, a 4-2 win against Bristol City and a 4-3 away win at Norwich City.

 

Millwall in comparison have been in poor form and finding wins very hard to come by.  Currently sitting just outside the relegation zone, the South London side will be looking to stop their run of bad results after one draw and four losses in their last five games.  Neil Harris will be desperate to eradicate the memory of the midweek loss at Loftus Road and get back to the style the Lions were playing at the start of the season

 

 

 

Haven't we met before?...

 

West Bromwich Albion 2-1 Millwall, 30th September 2003 – Gary Megson's side were victorious in this midweek fixture, with goals from Jason Koumas and Scott Dobie maintaining Albion's 100% home record at the start of the season.  Stuart Nethercott's goal in the second half for the Lions ensured a nail biting end to the game, but this fast-paced and energetic affair ended in defeat for the away side.

 

 

TEAM NEWS

 

 

Shaun Hutchinson remains the only long-term absentee for this fixture for Millwall, with the defender still out with a knee injury.  Although not completing the full 90 minutes in West London, Tom Bradshaw will be hoping to retain his starting position up front and Ben Amos will remain in goal in place of Jordan Archer.

 

 

West Brom have no new injury concerns, but veteran midfielder Gareth Barry could be rested after his first league start of the season in midweek against Bristol City.  Chris Brunt or Sam Field could be the players to fill the void.

 

 

THE ONE TO WATCH -

DWIGHT GAYLE

 

 

 

Signing on loan from Newcastle United at the start of the season, Gayle has shown the class and quality that proves just how deadly he is at Championship level.  With four goals already in seven league games, Gayle displays how vital he is to the Baggies and with the Hawthorns giving off an aura of a fortress this season, the Millwall back-line will have their work cut out with the young striker.

 

 

 

 

PREDICTION: WEST BROM 1-1 MILLWALL

 

 

This is going to be a tough, tough afternoon for Millwall and many have written the Lions off already, but Neil Harris will demand nothing but commitment from his side.  West Brom will be the stronger side and their pedigree so far has shown they know how to hit the back of the net, but I can see Millwall clinging on and leaving the Midlands with a point.

 

Come on you Lions.

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