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Reading vs. Millwall Match Preview

November 1, 2019

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This weekend see's Gary Rowett's Millwall make the short trip to Berkshire where the Lions face Mark Bowen's Reading at the Madejski Stadium.

 

Rowett managed to live up to the media circus that surrounded him at the time of his arrival at The Den and recorded a home 2-0 home win against former club, Stoke City in his first game in charge.  Since the appointment, there has been an air of optimism around The Den and Millwall go into this game confident of getting a result.  Reading have had a slow start to the season and their recent run of only one win in their last five sees them just outside the relegation zone on goal difference.

 

The league head-to-head's between the two slightly edge in the Biscuitmen's favour, with their 39 wins just bettering the Lions' 36.  There are 21 draws between the two over the years also, but as there has only been two draws in their last ten meetings, this one could go either way.

 

 

 

Haven't we met before?...

 

Reading 0-2 Millwall, Saturday 3rd February 2018 – Just like buses, you seemingly wait an eternity for one and then two pop up at the same time.  The 2-0 away win was the Lions' second consecutive away victory of the 2018/19 campaign and a Lee Gregory strike in the 73rd minute followed a Leandro Bacuna own goal only three minutes before.  The win put Neil Harris' men up to 14th place and proved to be the catalyst in a famous push for promotion and unbeaten streak.

 

 

 

TEAM NEWS

 

Both Lucas Joao and Lucas Boye are doubts for the visit of Millwall in this weekend's fixture, but aside from that, the Royal's have a strong squad to call upon.

 

Goalkeeper Frank Fielding continues to be out for the Lions, as does Ryan Leonard who is also still recovering after coming off with an injury before the international break.

 

 

 

THE ONE TO WATCH -

MAHLON ROMEO

 

There have been plenty of eyes on the full-back in recent weeks, as there have been a number of question marks as to whether the young full-back should be pushed further up the field in a more attacking role.  Dangerous when bombing down the flanks when in possession, Romeo adds an extra dynamic that catches the opposition off-guard, but he has been prone to defensive errors which has shown his man inside and put the Lions under unnecessary pressure.  The former Gillingham man has a huge future in the game and is living up to the potential that Neil Harris saw in him when others didn't, and at his best he will cause nothing but problems to an already frail Reading back-line.

 

 

 



PREDICTION: READING 0-1 MILLWALL

 

The feel around The Den at the moment is one of promise and with a proven manager who has grabbed the bull by the horns, the Lions are a different beast to that from a few weeks back.  With a sold out away end behind them and a Reading side who are struggling for any kind of form and consistency, I can see the three points making their way back to Bermondsey.

 

Come on you Lions.

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