Millwall have had a great start to the 2019-20 season and are currently undefeated in the three games played in all competitions, so the visit of top of the table Sheffield Wednesday is a stern test of the Lions' current unbeaten run.
An opening day victory for Millwall at The Den was followed by a league draw and cup win against West Bromwich Albion and along with the Huski Chocolate that is flowing around The Den, there is a new feeling of positivity and potential that is also flowing through the stands in South Bermondsey. Sheffield Wednesday's two victories against Reading and Barnsley have the Owls flying high in the season and they too are riding a crest of confidence. Like Neil Harris' side, they will be keen to get another three points so this one promises to be an exciting game.
The head-to-heads between the two in the past are close, with Sheffield Wednesday's 16 league wins just edging the Lions' 14. Millwall have only beaten the Yorkshire side once in their last ten meetings so will be eager for this to change on Saturday.
Haven't we met before?...
Millwall 0-1 Sheffield Wednesday, Saturday 4th February 2006 - It was the man in the middle who made himself infamous in this relegation battle between the two sides and made this fixture go down in infamy. The talking point of the game was after an in-swinging corner from Tony Craig found the back of the net and the Lions went over to celebrate. Let ‘Em Come roared and everyone in The Den thought the home side had taken the lead, only for the referee to reverse the decision and let the Owls take a free-kick for a foul on the ‘keeper. Wednesday ran to the other end of the pitch unchallenged and it was Frank Simek who coolly slotted the ball past Andy Marshall and condemned Millwall to defeat.
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 for this league fixture.
Sheffield Wednesday hope to have Barry Bannan back after missed the victory at Barnsley last weekend with a calf injury. Caretaker manager Lee Bullen has goalkeeper Keiren Westwood and Dominic Iorfa back in contention from suspension.
THE ONE TO WATCH -
The striker who spent the majority of last season out with injury had plenty of question marks over his head after not featuring very often during pre-season, but these doubts and concerns have been lifted after he has found the back of the net within the opening handful of games in this campaign. Bradshaw is a class act, knows where the back of the net is and is looking a danger up top for the Lions, so if he is given the right service in this game against Sheffield Wednesday, there will only be one winner in this one.
WHO ARE YA?
For this weeks 'Who are ya?' we sit down with the Sheffield Wednesday FC Supporters' Club, a (mostly) light hearted look at Wednesdayism. This week, we ask the SWFCSC is it too early to dream, would they have Sol Campbell in charge and who Millwall need to look out for.
1. Two games in and two wins! Too early to dream of a push to the Premier League?
Its never too early to dream of a push to the Premier league. we've been dreaming about that for 20 years now... sadly the reality has been more of a nightmare than a dream - but hey, you never know. Think this is definitely our best squad since Carlos took us to Wembley for the play-offs - the question is "Who is gonna lead it?"
2. In all seriousness, it’s important to hit the ground running and you’ve done just that. How has the start of the season been for Wednesday fans?
Well, if you ignore the fact we have had to sell our stadium to balance the FFP books, our manager walking out on us to join Newcastle, Forestieri being slapped with a ban by the FA despite the courts clearing him and being nowhere near appointing a permanent manager - its been a brilliant start :-)
3. Lee Bullen is still in caretaker charge at the moment, would you consider giving him the job permanently or would you consider Sol Campbell which some people are suggesting?
Given a straight choice between Bully and Sol Campbell - we'd go for Bully every time. Did we mention Bully was in the net for us as a stand in keeper when we played you, and your players thought you'd scored and we went down the other end and scored while your players were still celebrating? I'm sure we may have mentioned it.
4. Tell us more about your Supporters’ Club, what do you do for the Owls' fans?
The Supporters Club Twitter account is not actually affiliated to the SWFC Supporters Club. It was set up at the time the Supporters Club was due to relaunch - and a few of us kept it going when that failed to happen. So mostly we just try to keep things fairly light hearted, wind up our neighbours and keep fans informed of what other fans and the club are up to.
5. Last year’s game at The Den was a bore draw, can you see this one being similar?
Can see it being anything but a bore draw. We have a new injection of pace on the wings, with Harris and Murphy, and we try to play 4-3-3 when we have the ball. We were just getting going last season when we played you under Bruce. Besides - we enjoyed the bore draw a lot more than we did the previous season when Jos Luhukay (the worst Wednesday manager ever) played his revolutionary 5-5-0 formation.
6. Who do Millwall need to look out for?
Millwall need to look out for Sam Hutchinson, Liam Palmer, Tom Lees and Moses Odubajo. You definitely don't need to worry about Harris, Murphy, Fletcher or Bannan. Definitely not.
7. What do you think the score will be?
Think we'll win 3-0. Or maybe 4.
PREDICTION: MILLWALL 1-0 Sheffield WEDNESDAY
The Den will be rocking and Neil Harris' side will fancy their chances in this one. With a defence that seems solid, a strike force who are already off the mark and the Millwall fans behind them, I can see the Lions grabbing a goal and keeping a clean sheet.
Come on you Lions.