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Fulham vs. Millwall Match Preview

August 21, 2019

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Millwall's packed fixture list continues in this midweek game as Neil Harris takes his side to the other side of the capital to face Scott Parker's Fulham in this London derby.

 

The Lions' start to the campaign has been nearly perfect and although many would have the relegation favourites already struggling so far in the Football League Championship, the fact they have taken seven points from their opening nine just goes to show that Millwall will rip up the form book this season.  Promotion favourites Fulham have also had a good start with two league wins from their opening three games and will be looking to build on this, so the fixture at Craven Cottage promises to be a pulsating fixture.

 

It is the home side who lead the league head-to-heads between the two sides with 17 wins to Millwall's 12 and although Parker will be looking to extend this run, the result and togetherness that was shown after last weekend's win over Sheffield Wednesday means that the South London side are a tough nut to crack...

 

 

 

Haven't we met before?...

  

Fulham 1-0 Millwall, Saturday 25th November 2017 - It was a first half penalty from Oliver Norwood that secured the three point for Fulham and drop Millwall to 19th place, just five points above the relegation zone.  After rattling the woodwork twice and Steve Morison came close, the Lions were unlucky not to leave the Cottage with anything, but it was the home side who ultimately secured the win and leapt to 12th in the table.

 

 

 

TEAM NEWS

 

Scott Parker has no new injury concerns and will likely remain with the same side that were victorious in their last two games. 

 

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.  Jed Wallace starts his ban for his straight red card he received against Sheffield Wednesday and will likely be replaced by Jiri Skalak, whilst Jayson Molumby is not yet fully fit.

 

 

THE ONE TO WATCH -

JIRI SKALAK

 

 

The winger has had an impressive pre-season and has been chomping at the bit to feature for the Lions this season, but the form of his team mates and his side's unbeaten run has seen Skalak's game time be minimal.  With Jed Wallace now out for three games, this is the Czech Republic international's chance to stake a claim for the wide berth and his recent crossing ability in the League Cup game against West Bromwich Albion shows just how dangerous he can be.

 

 

 

WHO ARE YA?

 

For this weeks 'Who are ya?' we sit down with the Fulham Supporters' Trust.  This week, we ask the trust how they think the season has started, just how important is Mitrovic to their side and who Millwall will need to look out for.

 

1.  It’s been a decent start for Fulham and you have six points in the bag already?  It’s very early in the season, but how has it been for you?

 

It’s been a mixed start - although having 6 points after 3 games is promising, the performances so far have been underwhelming mostly. Although we played better in the second half v Blackburn and then at Huddersfield, there were times in both games that we looked vulnerable in defence and still disjointed up front. Work in progress.

2.  Although you slipped on the banana skin at Barnsley, you defeated dark horses Blackburn Rovers and beat promotion rivals Huddersfield, do you fancy your chances of going straight back up to the Premier League this season?

 

I know it is a cliche but it is a difficult league to get out of - lots of teams bet the house on it but only 3 go up. I think a lot depends on keeping players fit and avoiding suspensions - when we went up two seasons ago, we were inconsistent the first half of the season and then clicked at Christmas and didn’t lose until the final day. What is less remarked upon during that run is that we had very few injuries and were able to field a very settled side. If we can do that again then I think we have a good chance of finishing in the top 6.

3.  You managed to keep hold of Mitrovic after you went down, just how important is he to you?

 

It was an important signal of intent for the season ahead that he wanted to stay. Mitrovic was crucial to our promotion two seasons ago - his goals in second half of the season made the difference. We are all hoping he can do the same again, but over the full season. Without him we were light up front but with Ivan Cavalerio, Bobby Reid and Anthony Knockaert we have brought some reinforcements in - if the system gels we are potentially very good up front.

4.  The last time you played Millwall, it was a game of two halves where a strong second 45 minutes saw you run out 3-0 winners.  Do you expect similar in this game?

 

I do in the sense that I expect Millwall to come at us early on and try to unsettle the defence - the last time we played in the league our defence was supremely confident and rode the pressure and atmosphere and then turned the screw to effect in the second half. My feeling is we are a bit more fragile so far this season, so I would not be surprised to see us concede at least a goal. And in Matt Smith you have a former Fulham player who knows how to put pressure on defences.

5.  Who do Millwall need to look out for?

 

Joe Bryan is the left back with a turn of pace and cracking shot who likes to get forward and can be a handful. You’ll know all about Mitrovic but with probably Cavaleiro and Knockaert in support then our front three is on paper more potent than we were last season playing at a higher level.

6.  What do you think the score will be?

 

Although a 3-0 win could take us top of the league tonight, my gut feeling is that we’ll struggle a bit, so I’m going for a score draw. 2-2 - Matt Smith to score first.

 



PREDICTION: FULHAM 1-1 MILLWALL

 

The games are coming thick and fast and although Neil Harris will demand only 100% effort from his Millwall side, I can see both teams cancelling each other out with a score draw.  The Lions may not be victorious, but 1-1 is my prediction.

 

Come on you Lions.

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