It’s a return to midweek action under the floodlights when Queens Park Rangers make the short trip across the capital to face Neil Harris’ Millwall in this London Derby.
This may not be a match that will have all eyes on it, but to the fans of both sides it is more important than the promotion battle at the top of the Championship. Although Millwall were victorious against West Brom at the weekend and were worthy winners, the Lions still find themselves just outside the relegation zone by only one point. QPR may be five clear of the drop with only six left to play, but their recent form has been poor and their humbling defeat against Norwich City last Saturday has them looking over their shoulders.
The head-to-head between the two has Millwall noticeably ahead of the R’s in the league with 29 wins compared with only 17 for QPR and 21 draws. The West London side will be looking to ensure that they stop their recent rut, or they could find themselves dragged into this dogfight before the season is concluded...
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Millwall 1-0 QPR, Friday 29th December 2017 - Well which other game would it be? The return of former Millwall manager, Ian Holloway and his tomfoolery before the game took the headlines prior to this Championship fixture, but Neil Harris kept his head and showed the class that evidently his counterpart did not possess and sent his team out with one intention - to win the game. Steve Morison’s second half header ensured the win for Millwall in a match that was dominated by a lively home side against their clueless opponents.
Shane Ferguson continues his three-match ban after his red card in the clash with Brighton and Murray Wallace and Tom Bradshaw will miss this game with injury. Shaun Hutchinson will likely miss the game due to illness also.
QPR midfielder Massimo Luongo will be looking to feature after missing the defeat at Norwich on Saturday through illness. Toni Leistner, Josh Scowen and Bright Osayi-Samuel are also available for selection for the away team, and there could be changes to a side that are desperate for a result to get them away from the bottom three.
THE ONE TO WATCH -
What can we say that hasn’t been said about Ben Thompson after his return from his loan spell at Portsmouth? His four goals so far since being under the tutelage of Kenny Jackett, as well as his Man of the Match performances for Millwall in such a short spell, just shows his importance to his parent side. Now being able to boss and dictate the midfield, if Thompson is on his game there will only be one winner in this fixture.
PREDICTION: MILLWALL 1-0 QPR
Millwall’s win against the Baggies goes to show just what the Lions can do when Neil Harris gets the team playing to their strengths and with QPR in an awful run of form which has recently seen Steve McClaren sacked, I think that the South London side will be too strong for their opponents and will get the vital three points.
Come on you Lions.