Millwall kicks off this weekend’s footballing action as they welcome Fulham to The Den for a major Sky Bet Championship showdown in a London derby like no other.
Both teams need victory here in their respective battles and this result will have a physiological role in Saturday’s games.
A win will take Millwall fifth and four points clear of seventh placed Derby, who meet fellow play off rivals, Middlesbrough this weekend.
Fulham meanwhile know that three points here will send them second and into last automatic promotion spot, piling the pressure onto Cardiff City and Aston Villa in the race for second.
Millwall could be without midfielder, Ben Thompson who has suffered an ankle injury.
Defender, Byron Webster is ruled out with a knee injury.
Fulham are missing two strikers, Floyd Ayite (hamstring) and Sheyi Ojo for this clash.
Since a 2-1 defeat on New Year Day at Norwich City, Millwall are unbeaten in last 17 after winning 11 and drawing six.
At The Den, Millwall have taken 14 points out of a possible 24 from eight home matches during this run.
Since returning from international break, no player has scored in two consecutive games, but the team has 26 goals from 11 different goal scorers since mid January.
Lee Gregory is Millwall’s top scorer with six goals during this unbeaten run.
Fulham are on a even better run of 21 games unbeaten, winning 16 and drawing five.
Since returning from the international break, Fulham have had four different scorers in Aleksandar Mitrovic (3), Stefan Johansen (2), Kevin McDonald and Tom Cairney (1).
The Cottagers haven’t seen any cards in either of last two games for them nor opposition that they have faced.
Where can game be won or lost?
|Per Game Average||Millwall (home)||Fulham (away)|
|Shots on Target||4.9||4.19|
|Goals per First Half %||50||40|
|Goals per Second Half %||50||60|
This could very well come down to clinical finishing so expect a competitive game here.
Millwall definitely will dominate attack but they just lack that clinical touch compared to Fulham, when comes to goals.
Everywhere else, they are pretty evenly matched but Fulham tend to crack the whip after half time and go for it.
Millwall however are very consistent in their goal per half average so will give the Cottagers a tough challenge here.
I can see both teams going for it here given what’s at stake for both clubs and there’s the London derby factor too to throw into mix.
This is a tough match to call but I think the fans will be key here as the 12th man.
With this being The Den, I am going for a home win with the crowd just getting them over the line.
Prediction: Millwall 2-1 Fulham
Result: Millwall 0-3 Fulham