The penultimate home game of the season sees the arrival of Nathan Jones’ Stoke City as the Potters make their way to The Den to face Millwall.
Stoke were one of the early favourites to be promoted from the Championship and bounce back after relegation from the Premier League last season, but a poor start to the campaign and an inconsistent run of form has seen the Staffordshire side’s hopes disappear and they find themselves in 16th place. Millwall fans will be happy when this season is over after a disappointing 2018-19 year and still need to get more points on the board to be certain of second tier football in 2019-20.
Stoke dominate the league head-to-heads between the two with eighteen wins to Millwall’s fourteen and nine draws shared. The Potters have a very experienced side and on paper should comfortably dominate this game, but with the Lions fighting for their lives in the last weekend fixture at The Den this season, anything is possible...
Haven't we met before?...
Millwall 0-1 Stoke City, Saturday 13th August 2005 - A single goal from John Halls in the first half was enough for the away side to secure the three points in South Bermondsey and condemn Colin Lee’s side to defeat. Although early in the Championship season, the defeat foreshadowed a tough campaign for the Lions who would go on to be relegated to League One after a number of key players had left the side.
Millwall will be without Ben Thompson as he recovers from a hamstring injury and Tom Bradshaw also misses the game as Millwall’s other long-term absentee. Shaun Hutchinson will look to return after recovering for a recent bout of illness.
Tom Edwards is the only real doubt for the Potters who will be looking to welcome back Tom Ince who has returned to the squad after a hamstring injury.
THE ONE TO WATCH -
Even though he is a player who has struggled for form this season, Afobe is still a top class forward and is currently Stoke’s top goal scorer with nine goals in all competitions. Recent seasons for Wolverhampton Wanderers and AFC Bournemouth have shown just how good the striker can be and all he needs is half a chance to find the back of the net.
PREDICTION: MILLWALL 1-0 STOKE CITY
Neither side have played great football this season and this won’t be one for the purists, but with more at stake for the Lions against a side who are winless in their last four, I can just see Millwall nicking this and all but guaranteeing safety.
Come on you Lions.