2019-20 Sky Bet Championship: Week 31 – Sunday

Millwall welcome West Bromwich Albion to The Den in a crucial clash for the promotion hopes of both teams.

A win for Millwall will lift them back up to eighth, whilst West Brom can go four points clear of Leeds if they take victory. 

 

Team news

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Ryan Leonard is a doubt for Millwall as he continues to recover from a knee injury suffered in October, despite featuring in their FA Cup defeat to Sheffield United a fortnight ago. 

Mason Bennett however is in contention for his Lions debut after overcoming an ankle injury picked up whilst at Derby. 

Goalkeeper, Frank Fielding and midfielder, Ben Thompson are still out with respective arm and ankle injuries. 

West Brom could have Kieran Gibbs available as the full-back continues to slowly return from a hamstring injury suffered in December. 

Grady Diangana is definitely ruled out due to suffering back and hamstring injuries. 

 

Form

Millwall enter this match with one loss in their last seven league games (W3, D3, L1), but have kept just two clean sheets in their last seven home league matches. 

West Brom come to The Den on a run of one win in their last eight league outings (W1, D4, L3), whilst failing to register a clean sheet in their last five away trips. 

 

Stat Attack

  • Millwall have lost just one of their last five meetings against West Bromwich Albion in all competitions – excluding EFL Trophy (W2, D2, L1). 
  • West Brom haven’t won in any of their last eight first-team trips to Millwall (D2, L6). 
  • 19 of Millwall’s 38 league goals this season have come from set pieces. 

 

Prediction

Millwall surely have to view this as a must win because defeat would surely deal a severe blow to their automatic promotion hopes, although Play-Offs would be a great result for the Lions. 

West Brom also will view this as a six-pointer because they have slipped into a mid-season rut, which they need to escape quickly before the likes of Millwall. Brentford and Fulham are all over their rear in this promotion fight. 

I therefore am expecting to see a good scrappy game between two contrasting teams with a draw a good bet, but I am going for a shock Millwall win if they can tighten up and avoid a repeat lapse which we saw at Leeds a week and a half ago. 

Prediction: Millwall 2-1 WBA

Result: Millwall 0-2 WBA

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