Millwall's final game before the international break sees a return back home to South Bermondsey for the visit of Grant McCann's Hull City.
Although the Lions have been on a respectable run since the opening day of the 2019/20 season, the break comes at the right time and gives Neil Harris' side the chance to take a breather and recharge their batteries after a busy August. Hull will also be welcoming the time off to allow them to regroup and lick their wounds after a disappointing start which sees them currently in 20th place with only the one league win so far.
The head-to-heads between the two is very close, with the Yorkshire side just edging their Championship rivals with 23 league wins to Millwall's 21. The last time that City were victorious at The Den was back in 2013 and the home fans will be hoping that this is a run that continues this weekend.
Haven't we met before?...
Millwall 4-0 Hull City, Saturday 14th August 2010 - The Lions had a tough task going into their second Championship game after spending a few years in League One, but the arrival of recently relegated Hull City did not seem to phase Kenny Jackett's men and it was Millwall who ended the game convincing winners. Two goals from Steve Morison, plus a goal each from Kevin Lisbie and Liam Trotter had the home fans cheering with delight as Millwall Football Club finished the weekend top of the table.
Jed Wallace's ban following his straight red card he received against Sheffield Wednesday is now over and the wide man will come straight back into the side on the right hand side. Frank Fielding and Jiri Skalak remain out with injury and there will also be changes as Neil Harris reverts back to his strongest side for this league game after the League Cup defeat to Oxford United.
Dan Baty misses this clash for the visitors, but Eric Lichaj is back in the squad after recovering from a recent hamstring injury.
THE ONE TO WATCH -
Although only 22 years of age, the young forward already has a large number of games under his belt and has already been on the score sheet so far against the likes of Reading, Brentford, Bristol City and Preston North End. The striker has rightly been gaining plaudits over the previous seasons and has already caught the eye of a number of Premier League clubs, so with the right service and if he has his striking boots on, it'll be a tough ask for the Millwall back line and goalkeeper to keep him out.
WHO ARE YA?
For this weeks 'Who are ya?' we sit down with Richard Gardham of the Hull City Southern Supporters. This week we Richard how he thinks the Tigers will get on in South London, who exactly are the Southern Supporters, who Millwall need to look out for and what he thinks the score will be.
1. It’s been a slow start for the Tigers and you currently find yourselves in 20th place. It may be only early in the campaign, but how do you think the season is going?
When we came home from our last ever match at Griffin Park a fortnight ago, having secured a 1-1 draw that could easily have been a win, everything seemed rosy. Back-to-back defeats at home have since shattered that. Grant McCann is finding his feet, however, and is hopefully still in the process of fine-tuning his side. That should include devising a system that provides better cover for our full-backs.
2. The last few seasons haven’t been the best off the pitch for Hull City and this as times seems to have reflected on the pitch slightly. What are your hopes for this year?
We have spent the last few seasons with a mindset more focused on avoiding relegation than thinking about promotion, and that remains. Keeping Bowen and Grosicki was a massive boost for us, and that should see us keep hold of the mid-table status we’ve largely spent the past 18 months occupying.
3. Tell us more about your supporters’ club, just how many Hull fans do you have in the south?
Hull City Southern Supporters are an independent fans group that has been going since 1983. London-based, we typically have between 250 and 400 members. Off-field issues over the last seven or eight years have curtailed the enthusiasm of many supporters but our numbers are holding up pretty well.
4. Jarrod Bowen is your top goal scorer so far with four goals in all competitions. Can you see Bowen keeping this up for the duration of the season?
Yes. He’s a special talent and I can’t believe he’s not playing in the Premier League right now. If – based purely on their performances over the course of their time at Hull City – you asked me who the best was between Harry Maguire, Andy Robertson and Jarrod Bowen, I’d just about go for Bowen (though obviously Maguire and Robertson are better players right now!).
5. Millwall vs Hull has always seen goals over the years, how can you see this one going?
If we have Eric Lichaj back and fit, that will strengthen our defence immeasurably. I’d back us then to hold the MIllwall attack to something acceptable. If he’s not fit, our full-backs are an area Neil Harris will know Millwall can expose. That said, if Bowen and Grosicki are on their game, we can pose problems for anyone. New signing Tom Eaves could really do with a goal. He’s looking a bit short of confidence right now.
6. Who do Millwall need to look out for?
Bowen is the obvious answer, but in Kevin Stewart and George Honeyman we have a central midfield combination that looks promising. While neither will necessarily stand out to opposition fans, they are already looking to be very well-organised players who can win midfield battles without flying into tackles or spraying 50-yard Hollywood balls about. How they fare against Millwall’s midfielders could well be crucial.
7. What do you think the score will be?
If we have Lichaj back, I’ll got for 1-1. If we don’t… do I have to answer that?
PREDICTION: MILLWALL 2-0 Hull City
Hull are desperate for a win and although they have scored a good amount of goals so far this season, when the crowd are behind Millwall there is usually only the one winner. With the Lions' centre forwards in a good run of form and the players from the bench such as Bodvarsson also finding the back of the net, I think Millwall will just have too much and will run out comfortable winners.
Come on you Lions.