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Millwall vs. West Bromwich Albion Match Preview

February 8, 2020

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With the majority of the EFL playing on the Saturday afternoon, it's a Sunday lunch time fixture for Gary Rowett's Millwall as the South London side welcome top of the league, West Bromwich Albion to The Den.

 

Although top of the Championship table, The Baggies are precariously looking over their shoulder, as the lead they had built over the season over the rest of the pack has now been reduced to only one point.  With third placed Fulham breathing down the necks of those in the automatic promotion places, Slaven Bilic will be hoping to improve his side's recent mediocre form of only one win in their last five league games.  As much as West Brom are desperate for the win, Millwall need the three points just as much, as a defeat will see the side from SE16 start to drift away from the play-off places.

 

The league head-to-heads between the two see Millwall slightly edge it, with 14 wins to West Brom's 11 and the points shared on 10 occasions.  With it all to play for, this has the potential to be a high action affair.

 

 

 

Haven't we met before?...

 

Millwall 2-0 West Bromwich Albion, Saturday 6th April 2019 – Neil Harris' side were near the bottom of the table against high flying West Bromwich Albion, but you wouldn't have thought it going into this one!  Millwall were on fantastic form in this game and really took the game to their Midlands' opponents, and a goal from Ryan Tunnicliffe on the half hour mark put The Lions 1-0 up at half time.  An own goal from Ahmed Hegazi just after the hour doubled the lead for Millwall and this win saw Harris' side climb to 20th place.

 

 

TEAM NEWS

 

Millwall's could welcome back Ryan Leonard and also recent loan signing, Mason Bennett.  The Lions will be without goalkeeper Frank Fielding who is currently resided in the treatment room, so Luke Steele will retain his place in the squad as Bartosz Bialkowski's cover.

 

Slaven Bilic has a strong side to choose from, with Matheus Pereira returning to the side from his recent three match ban.

 

 

 

THE ONE TO WATCH -

MASON BENNETT

 

Mason Bennett's signing from Derby County raised some eyebrows and there have been a few who have questioned whether he has got the drive to help Millwall's push to promotion, but the young loanee will be keen to kick start his stuttering career with a move to SE16 until the end of the season under Gary Rowett.  The forward may not have many goals to his name so far, but Rowett is a big fan of his potential, so if he does get some game time, he will be keen to put in a strong performance.

 

 



PREDICTION: MILLWALL 1-1 WEST BROMWICH ALBION

 

West Brom are eager to secure the three points after Nottingham Forest defeated second place Leeds United, but I think that the home side will put up a good challenge to match the threat they face.  A score draw is my prediction here.

 

Come on you Lions.

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