Opposition Focus: Millwall


22/09/18 – West Brom 2-0 Millwall (C’ship)
19/09/18 – QPR 2-0 Millwall (C’ship)
15/09/18 – Millwall 1-1 Leeds (C’ship)
01/09/18 – Millwall 1-2 Swansea (C’ship)
29/08/18 – Millwall 3-2 Plymouth Argyle (Carabao Cup)

Last 5 Meetings

20/04/18 – Millwall 0-3 Fulham (C’ship)
25/11/17 – Fulham 1-0 Millwall (C’ship)
21/02/15 – Fulham 0-0 Millwall (C’ship)
16/08/14 – Fulham 0-1 Millwall (C’ship)
21/04/99 – Fulham 4-1 Millwall (Div 2)


Fulham wins 18
Draws 12
Millwall wins 14

Stats & Facts

  • Fulham have played Millwall 23 times away from home in all competitions winning 7, drawing 7 and losing 9.
  • Both teams have scored in 10 of those 23 meetings with Fulham keeping 8 clean sheets.
  • This will be the first time the clubs have met in the League Cup
  • 73% of games between Fulham & Millwall have been played in the second tier of English Football
  • Fulham haven’t conceded a goal in their last 3 trips to the Den, dating back to November 1997.
  • Fulham haven’t lost at the Den since 18th March 1986. Since then we’ve drawn 3 times and won twice.
  • The next goal will be the 100th scored when the two sides have met.
  • On average this fixture has provided 2.25 goals per game, that’s 99 goals in 44 matches.

Players in Common

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.

Magic Moment

Millwall 0-3 Fulham. Two incredible unbeaten league runs, ours sitting at 21, Millwall’s an equally impressive 17. When the two sides met in April last season, the stakes and mindset were very different. Sitting handsomely in third position, we were desperate to catch Cardiff and guarantee ourselves and our amazing run a happy ending (little did we know what would happen a month or so later!). So with the pressure on more than ever, live on Sky, we were thrown into the “Lions Den”. Allegedly the cauldron of intimidation, where players lose their nerve. “We fear no foe” they reckon… well you wait until you’ve met Slav?!

What was a cagey first half evolved into a second half that Fulham fans won’t forget for a long time. It was breathtaking to watch and it felt like we were the Barcelona of the Championship reaching our peak. Two incredible unbeaten runs but on that pitch, there was only one incredible team. McDonald scored a belter which could easily be the magic moment but my pick this week comes from the final whistle. Fulham fans were in no hurry to leave after the game, whilst the rest of the stadium emptied pretty quickly. Sessegnon had just finished being interviewed by Sky on the halfway line and by the time he had finished, every other player had vacated the pitch. Leaving a very loud Fulham following face to face with one of their own as we sang his name whilst he conducted the crowd. The cameras caught it and anyone there will tell you that it was a very powerful moment. They say Fulham is a family and Sessegnon made it very clear that day that he was very much part of that family.

Opposition View (@LucasTBall)

Are you happy with the start you’ve made to the season?

I don’t think any of our fans are particularly happy with the start we’ve made. If there’s one thing we won’t accept, it’s a lack of desire and there’s been a couple of games where that seems to have been the case. The dressing room seems to be getting back to the spirit of last season but we seem to be lacking that bit of quality at times.

What were the overall expectations of the fans going into this season based on your fantastic unbeaten run last time?

For me, it was again a case of getting to 50 points as soon as possible and seeing what could happen past that. Most seem to think we are established in the Championship after just one season, which is categorically not the case.

How have Millwall been setting up this season (formation, tactics, style of play etc)

The same old for us, 4-4-2 with a direct style. At home it’s about the high press, winning the ball up the pitch and getting forward quickly. It’s worked well except for the fact that we keep conceding late goals at The Den. Away from home, we seem to be playing long ball after long ball hopelessly, even if Morison and Elliott aren’t playing. That has to change.

Who’s the danger man that Fulham need to be wary of?

Jed Wallace – if he plays – is our main man and will be looking to get into some consistent form. His direct running causes defences problem and he has the freedom of the pitch when we go forward.

How do you think the match will pan out and what’s your predicted line up/score?

I think it’ll be a relatively boring game between two ‘reserve’ sides in truth, though we could do with a win to boost morale. I expect Fulham will win the game, however, and I’ll go for 2-1.

My predicted eleven is different from my preferred, so I’ll give both:

Predicted: Martin; McLaughlin, Wallace, Cooper, Meredith; O’Brien, Karacan, Williams, Ferguson; Elliott, Gregory

Preferred: Martin; McLaughlin, Wallace, Cooper, Ferguson; Skalak, Karacan, Williams, White; Elliott, O’Brien

Match Prediction

Millwall players and fans alike will be desperate to right the wrong from earlier in the year when we brought their unbeaten run and playoff hopes to a crashing halt. This time it’s a little bit different because neither team are in great form. We’ve only won 1 of our 6 Premier League outings so far whilst the Lion’s recent form fares even worse as they’ve only taken 1 point from their last 6 League games including a defeat to QPR.

We will no doubt make several changes again. Meaning there’s no clue of knowing what the line up will be. A massive contrast to our last meeting when it was very straightforward to select the team, knowing it was a settled side and that we would field our strongest eleven given the game was far more significant than Tuesday night’s affair.

I’m assuming it’s not going to be a priority for either side which is a shame from our point of view if that is the case. I did hope after spending over 100 million that our ambitions weren’t solely on survival, that we could have a squad capable of going for the cups too and realistically this is the one we are most likely to win. I want to see our strongest eleven fielded to get a win under our belts and some continuity on the pitch but it’s guessing games until Slav decides what his best team is.

You then have to factor in the idea of potential penalties if it’s a draw. My heart is saying that if Fulham score first we could run away with it but my head is a little less optimistic at the moment simply because I am having to guess the team Slav will put out. So I’ll go…

Millwall 1-1 Fulham (Fulham win on pens)

Predicted Line-Up