Match Preview: Millwall

THE DEN | 12TH FEBRUARY 2020 | 19:45

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Our Focus turns to Wednesday nights London derby as Fulham enter The Den hoping to continue the form that has seen us move to within touching distance of the top two.

Millwall are a different animal to the one we mullered at the Cottage in October. Club legend Neil Harris has been replaced in the dugout by Gary Rowett whose appointment gave them an initial managerial boost resulting in an outside chance of the playoffs. At present, their football pitch (judging from the WBA game last Sunday) is so cut up and in poor condition, that ironically, it wouldn’t compliment a Sunday League fixture!

They will do everything and anything possible to make this an uncomfortable visit to SE16, we know that and I’m sure Scott does too. Can the lads tame them just like Slav’s side did in the promotion chase of 2017/18?

It’s time to stop worrying about everyone else and focus on what we are going to do. If we win every game, we win the league. Right behind ya lads…


Head To Head

  • Fulham Wins 20 | Draws 12 | Millwall Wins 14.
  • We are unbeaten in our last 5 against the Lions. Winning the last 4 in a row.
  • The last time Millwall scored twice in a match against Fulham was in March 1998, 8 games have been played since then.
  • Fulham have never lost at The New Den, Millwall’s home since 1993.
  • Our last defeat away to the South East Londoners was in April 1982 when we lost 4-3.
  • Fulham’s record at The New Den reads Won 3 | Drawn 2 | Scored 8 | Conceded 2.
  • Our current 4 game winning streak in this fixture is the joint best over the 46 encounters. A win on Wednesday would mean this is the most dominant period between the two clubs.
  • 33 of the 41 League games between the sides have come in the second tier.

Millwall in 2019/20

  • League Position: 10th
  • League Form: LDLWD
  • Goals: 38
  • Conceded: 37
  • Average Possession: 43.8%
  • Top Scorers: Tom Bradshaw (10), Jed Wallace (10), Matt Smith (8).
  • Form Table (Last 6 Matches): 13th (8pts).
  • Discipline: 49 Yellows | 3 Reds.
  • Clean sheets: 9
  • Both teams have scored in 19 of their 31 league games.

Players in Common

Barry Hayles

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Fulham: 214 apps, 57 goals (1998-2004).

Millwall: 60 apps, 17 goals (2004-2006).

Jordan Archer, Les Barrett, Hameur Bouazza, Matthew Briggs, Mark Crossley, Jimmy Dunne, Roy Dwight, Ray Evans, Ryan Fredericks, Chris Guthrie, Barry Hayles, Terry Hurlock, Shaun Hutchinson, Kasey Keller, Matthew Lawrence, Scott Malone, Paul Moody, Maik Taylor, Ryan Tunnicliffe, Tony Warner & Robert Wilson.

Tom’s View – ‪@tstewartsports ‬

One point behind Leeds for automatic promotion thanks to their draw at Griffin Park last night, unbeaten in our last five championship games, and playing a mid-week London derby against a team we’ve outscored 11-1 in our last 4 head-to-head, an absolutely brilliant spot to find ourselves in with 15 left to play.

The boys should be buzzing heading into Wednesday’s match against Millwall, considering the 4-0 stomping we served them back in August, which remains our most dominant performance of the season so far and the way every result seemed to go our way yesterday. The Whites made it look too easy in our previous contest against the Lions, controlling 84% of possession and out passing them a staggering 935-to-115.

As if the total lack of attack Millwall has presented in our previous meetings was bad enough, The Lions will now have to face an inspired backline that has found its form since the golden transfer of Michael Hector, who continues to impress more and more with each match.

I see this upcoming 90 minutes going almost identical to the last. As I mentioned above, we have found our form defensively, Mitro continues to dominate in the final third and we are getting solid outings from Marek in goal. The Den is and always will be a difficult place to get results, but by all accounts, this is very much ours to lose.

Five points separate us from 7th and so I expect to see a motivated Fulham side from Parker that should be looking to settle this match quickly, collect our three and prepare for a vengeful meeting on the weekend. The Den is only an intimidating place to go if you let them intimidate you. Kill the game early and the atmosphere will go  quiet very quickly.

I am predicting a 3-0 Fulham win, all three coming in the first 45. COYW.