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Sheffield Wednesday vs. Millwall Match Preview

January 31, 2020

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For the third consecutive game in all competitions, it's another Yorkshire side that are next for Gary Rowett's Millwall, as the team make the trip back up north to face Garry Monk's Sheffield Wednesday.

 

Coming off the back of two defeats against Sheffield United and Leeds United in the FA Cup and EFL Championship respectively, a trip to Hillsborough to face the mid-table Owls could be the perfect remedy for Rowett to get The Lions roaring again and back in play-off contention.  Although currently in 11th place and with four defeats in their last five league games, a win could put Wednesday right back in the mix and challenging for a top six place themselves.

 

The historic head-to-heads in the league between the two are very close, with Wednesday just edging the victory column with 16 to Millwall's 15 and 12 draws shared.  With both teams desperate for the points to make up for lost ground, this one really could go either way.

 

 

 

Haven't we met before?...

 

Sheffield Wednesday 2-2 Millwall, Saturday 24th August 2013 – Due to a mix-up with their away colours, Millwall were donning the old Sheffield Wednesday away kit for this league encounter, and it was the away team who took an early lead after an own goal from Wednesday's Kamil Zayatte.  Reda Johnson spared the blushes for The Owls only a couple of minutes later and Jeremy Helan's long range effort put Wednesday 2-1 up at half-time.  It looked to be defeat for Steve Lomas' men, but a late penalty from Andy Keogh in the 87th minute secured a point for The Lions.

 

 

TEAM NEWS

 

There will be changes to the Wednesday line-up after a defeat against Wigan which Garry Monk called 'an embarrassment'.  New loan signing from Parma, Alessio Da Cruz, will be looking to start in this league clash since joining in the January window.

 

Millwall's midfield is currently very threadbare, with Ben Thompson and Ryan Leonard both out with injury, although Shaun Williams is back in contention after finishing his recent ban.  The Lions will also be without goalkeeper Frank Fielding who is currently resided in the treatment room, but Luke Steele has re-joined The Lions on loan for the remainder of the season.

 

 

THE ONE TO WATCH -

BARTOSZ Bialkowski

 

Bart has been a fan's favourite pretty much from day one and there was jubilation when the goalkeeper signed on a permanent deal after a successful loan spell.  A player of undoubted confidence and quality, Bialkowski has saved Millwall on a number of occassions and has also kept defeats at a respectable score line, so if the former Polish international is on his game, it will more than likely only be a positive result for Millwall.

 



PREDICTION: SHEFF WEDS. 1-1 MILLWALL

 

Hillsborough is a tough place to go and in recent times, Millwall have always struggled there.  Even though I cannot see The Lions being defeat at Sheffield Wednesday, I think a score draw is a result that Rowett will be happy with.

 

Come on you Lions.

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