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West Bromwich Albion vs. Millwall Match Preview

August 9, 2019

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It's a visit to the Midlands for Neil Harris' Millwall as the Lions make the trip to the Hawthorns to face Slaven Bilic's West Bromwich Albion.

 

Both sides go into this match after winning their opening games of the Championship season last weekend.  A strike from Jed Wallace saw the Lions defeat Preston North End 1-0 at The Den and the Baggies came from a goal behind to defeat Nottingham Forest 2-1 at the City Ground.  The two teams will be looking for the win to continue this run and keep the momentum going while the enthusiasm is still running high.

 

Millwall lead the league head-to-head's between the two with 14 wins to West Brom's 11 and nine draws in their previous league meetings.  With the two teams having busy transfer windows and the Baggies signing a proven striker on deadline day, the Lions will need to be at their best if they are to get the three points.

 

 

 

Haven't we met before?...

 

West Bromwich Albion 2-0 Millwall, Saturday 22nd September 2018 - Millwall visited the Hawthorns and were a tough nut to crack for Darren Moore's side, but ultimately it was two second half goals from Dwight Gayle and Kieran Gibbs that was enough for the home side to get the win.  It was Jed Wallace who nearly took the lead for Millwall with a long range effort, but the Lions just could not find the back of the net when they needed to and the result saw Millwall remain in the bottom three.

 

 

 

TEAM NEWS

 

New signings Charlie Austin, Grady Diangana, Chris Willock and Matheus Pereira will be looking to feature for the Baggies in this tie and Bilic has no new injury concerns for this clash.

 

Millwall's main injury concern is that of new signing Frank Fielding, who has injured his quad muscle and faces a long time out on the sidelines.  Luke Steele has been signed on loan as his replacement, but will be on the bench and behind Millwall's other loan signing Bartosz Bialkowski who will start in goal. 

 

 

THE ONE TO WATCH -

CHARLIE AUSTIN

 

 

The 'will he/won't he?' saga with Charlie Austin was finally concluded during the transfer window and West Bromwich Albion finally got their man when he put pen to paper on a two-year contract.  The former Southampton, QPR, Burnley and Swindon Town striker has a wealth of experience at both Premier League and Championship level and expect Austin to get well into double figures this season.  The forward will be eager to show why he was such a pursued man during the window and if he is on song, it'll be a tough day for the Millwall back-line.

 

 

 

WHO ARE YA?

 

For this weeks 'Who are ya?' we sit down with London Baggies, the London arm of the West Bromwich Albion supporters.  This week, we ask the guys how they think their team will fare this season, how they think Charlie Austin will perform and what they think the score will be.

 

1.  It was a relatively successful season last year for West Brom, but you just missed out in the playoffs.  How do you think last year went?

With the squad we had we should have made top two.

2.  Slaven Bilic is now in the managerial hot seat and has proven pedigree at the highest level.  Is the he the one who can take you that one step further?

Hopefully he brings the best out of the squad which definitely has the potential to make the top 2

3.  Deadline day was exciting and you’ve now added Charlie Austin to the ranks.  How do you think he will fit into the system?

We definitely needed a goal scorer and he definitely fits the mould, hopefully he stays fit because 20+ goals from him and we should be very close this season

4.  Last season saw Millwall just about stay up, yet a successful transfer window and a 1-0 win against Preston has instilled a new confidence in South London.  Can you see this being a thriller or a drab affair?

You will definitely be happy with a draw so the game will need an early goal to open it up. Be interesting to see how we will line up with all our new additions.

5.  Who do Millwall need to look out for?

Phillips is a big player for us going forward, we also have young lad who made his starting debut last week and was mom Nathan Ferguson. But hopefully the new signings can make an impression also.

6.  What do you think the score will be?

3-1.


PREDICTION: WEST BROMWICH ALBION 0-0 MILLWALL

 

There is a buzz around Millwall with their new signings, but to go to a team who finished in the play-off places last season and have strengthened since will be a tall ask for Neil Harris and his team.  I cannot see Millwall getting a win at the Hawthorns, but I can see the Lions keeping a clean sheet.

 

Come on you Lions.

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