Liverpool to finish the job in style

Liverpool take a 5 v 2 lead into 2nd leg of the Champions League semi-finals and strong favourites to qualify for the Final. If you fancy Liverpool to complete the job in style then £20 on a win for the Reds and both teams to score returns £72.

In the other semi-final Real Madrid host Bayern Munich and with plenty of goals in the last round a £20 stake on Real Madrid to win and over 3.5 goals will net you  £73.

In Europa League Arsenal, face an uphill task to qualify having not taken advantage of the extra man in the first leg. If you believe the Gunners can still reach the Final then £20 stake will get you back £64.

Good luck with your bets!

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Orient and Gateshead Playing For Pride

Leyton Orient will take on Gateshead in a long journey up to the North East on Saturday aware that whoever wins the game will finish above the other in the National League this season.

The kick off time for the last game for every team in the league will be the incredibly early hour of 12.30pm UK time (1.30pm CET and Malta time) with the outlook looking cloudy if a little chilly on the weather front and early doors on the pub front.

Both teams are mid table and can neither get into the top half of the table now so the O’s and Gateshead will be battling it out for pride more than anything else in the swansong game of the season.

The O’s are currently sitting in 13th place with Gateshead behind them in 14th place albeit with a 6 goal superior goal difference. However as Gateshead are 3 points behind a win for the northern team will leapfrog them to 13th for the final day of the season.

Leyton Orient come off the back of a 1-0 defeat at home to Maidenhead United on Tuesday night as things went upward for the visitors. That’s Maidenhead player Ryan Upward whose early goal ensured Maidenhead will finish in the top half of the National League table ahead of Leyton Orient. The O’s cannot leapfrog the Magpies having been beaten thanks to a winner from Upward, who was then sent off late on.

Upward was quickest to react from a corner to put the visitors ahead in only the fifth minute as he stabbed the ball home from close range. However he was then upwardly mobile as he was dismissed in second half stoppage time after reacting furiously to a free kick decision.

The O’s were a bit lame and a bit tame after an arduous season of slogging it out to remain in the league so the end of the season can’t come soon enough for the O’s so manager Justin Edinburgh can kickstart hopefully a summer transition for better things next campaign.

Having put Macclesfield’s National League Champions party on ice a couple of weeks ago and then slaughtered Wrexham’s chances of making the play offs a week ago the exuberance in the O’s fight flagged significantly in a match with little to play for as Maidenhead also with nothing to play for showed more aggression and flair over 90 minutes. Wrexham are all but mathematically out of the play offs although a 14-0 win over Fylde in their last game gives them a chance …… and oh look there goes a flying pig. Macclesfield despite having their noses put out of joint by the O’s will enjoy Football League Division Two next season as champions of the National League.

This will be the 4th time Gateshead and Leyton Orient will have met this term which is a spiky little fact considering they had never met before this season. Having got used to playing each other the two teams appear to enjoy giving us goal feasts too. The corresponding National League fixture at Brisbane Road in October saw Gateshead come away with a 2-0 win. On February 24th we were entertained to a storming match and a brilliant comeback by Gateshead in London as they rescued a 3-3 draw in the FA Trophy quarter final. The replay was almost as good with Gateshead seeing out that one 3-2. So another goal feast might not be out of the question on Saturday particularly if with nothing to lose we might see a couple of youngsters and a debut or two on the pitch.

Both teams have conceded 55 goals in this campaign and are evenly matched although Gateshead should start favourites on home soil.

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An Orient win is priced at 2.75 therefore a bet of £15 could see you win back a possible £41.25.

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Millwall Travel to North East in Must Win Game

Millwall will travel up to the North East on Saturday as they take on Middlesbrough in another huge weekend game in the Championship. With both teams looking for a play off spot they both know this is a must win game for Millwall to keep the south Londoners in with any chance of making the play off semi finals.

Kick off is another strange time as the Lions find themselves in a late Saturday match on TV from 17.30pm UK time (18.30pm CET and Malta time).

Millwall came a cropper at the last weekend when playing on the Friday night match again for TV. They were stuffed with aplomb by a raging Fulham outfit in pristine form in 3rd place looking for one of the two automatic promotion positions. Lions were undone 3-0 by their London neighbours in a derby game that showed just why Fulham are doing so well as of late.

A cynically clinical Fulham ended Millwall’s 17 game unbeaten Championship league run to dent the Lions’ Championship play-off bid. Millwall were the better of the two teams in the first half but couldn’t score that crucial first goal to settle the tense atmosphere of the home fans at the New Den in front a tremendous 17,614 attendance. Jake Cooper’s header was touched on to the bar and George Saville’s effort was disallowed because of an earlier foul.

The second half belonged to Fulham from the off as the Millwall defence fell asleep to allow 17 year old rising star Ryan Sessegnon to notch just after the restart. Trust me this guy is going to be a huge star. A Kevin McDonald’s screamer made it 2-0 ten minutes later and the crowd were visibly shaken as Fulham dominated and it was no surprise when Aleksandar Mitrovic found the top corner late on to bring a dose of reality back to the Lions.

Victory extended the Cottagers’ own unbeaten streak to 22 games, stretching back to 16 December, but this felt like one of their most impressive and important before Fulham’s next game, against relegated Sunderland on Friday, 27 April.

Following Fulham, Saturday’s opponents don’t come any harder for Millwall either as Middlesbrough are sitting in 5th and Millwall who dropped a place over the weekend and dropped out of the play off positions are in 7th. After this game there is only one final game for both teams so each could scupper the others play off hopes with victory in the evening kick off as the table looks like this with just this weekends games and the final matches for all teams next weekend.

5th Middlesbrough       72 pts

6th Derby                     71 pts

7th Millwall                 69 pts

8th Brentford               68 pts

The problem for Millwall is they have a far inferior goal difference to both Middlesbrough and Derby so a win is the only target Millwall can focus on.

Middlesbrough did the Lions a favour on Saturday with a 2-1 away win at Derby as the Rams started brightly but trailed at the break to Muhamed Besic’s strike after 20 minutes.

Britt Assombalonga slotted in a second for the north east team after good work by Adama Traore before David Nugent’s late penalty brought hope of an equaliser, but Derby could not avoid a third successive defeat. Derby overtook Millwall in the table on Tuesday though as they thumped 2nd placed Cardiff 3-1 to bring that particular run to a conclusion.

In the corresponding Millwall v Middlesbrough game at the New Den, Jed Wallace and George Saville scored first-half goals to give Millwall a 2-1 win over Middlesbrough.

Middlesbrough have only drawn 9 of their 44 games this season while Millwall have won 6 of their last 9 so it is probable there will be a positive result either way. Let’s hope Millwall can continue their outstanding 2018 away form. It will prove to be an absorbing if tense match either way.

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Up And Down Season Sees Consolidation For O’s

Leyton Orient will take on Maidenhead United at Brisbane Road safe in the knowledge that both teams from the south will be competing in the National league next season.

The kick off time at Brisbane Road will be 7.45pm UK time (8.45pm CET and Malta time) with the outlook looking fair on the weather front.

On Saturday the O’s saw off welsh side Wrexham 1-0 at Brisbane Road to ruin almost any chance Wrexham had of making the play offs.  A massive dent to Wrexham’s hopes the away side knew nothing less than a draw would keep them in contention for promotion via the play offs as they only have a single game in the National League left to play.

Leyton Orient move up to 13th with the win, whilst Wrexham drop to 10th with 69 points below Dover and Ebbsfleet in 7th and 8th respectively with 70 points and have the same points as 9th placed Bromley with 69 with a worse goal difference however Bromley and Ebbsfleet both have 2 games to play. To say Wrexham need other scores to go their way is a massive understatement and on this showing where Wrexham failed to create any clear cut chances at all against Orient they are destined to be in the National league with the O’s next season.

It could have been game set and match to the O’s in the first half as super striker Macauley Bonne’s header after half an hour gave the hosts a deserved lead, Jobi McAnuff and Josh Koroma missing earlier chances that could have demolished the away side. Orient were solid, dogged and determined and 13th place is exactly what was needed this season, a campaign of consolidation and Justin Edinburgh the O’s manager since December has bought that bite and solidity with him to the side.

Tuesday’s opponents Maidenhead Town come to Brisbane Road for this rearranged fixture following the cancellation of the game on Easter Monday in east London due to a waterlogged pitch. An early header from Macauley Bonne was enough to give Leyton Orient a 1-0 National League win at Maidenhead to end the hosts’ four-match unbeaten run on 28th August 2017 in the corresponding fixture.

Ex West Ham favourite Alan Devonshire is the man in charge for the visitors and he will be looking to buoy his team after Maidenhead’s National League clash with Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday saw them lose to a cheeky goal. A Michael Cheek goal to be exact who scored the only goal of the game.

Maidenhead are in 12th just one place and one point above the O’s with Orient having a far superior goal difference. Both teams in reality have little to play for except pride and possibly outdoing each other in the table standings so a draw could be a sufficient result for both top class managers.

At the bottom of the National League Torquay United, Chester and Guiseley have all been demoted with the last relegation place between Woking and Barrow. Macclesfield Town have been promoted to League 2 as Champions with Tranmere Rovers in the play offs.

Current Facts:

Maidenhead’s defeat on Saturday followed 3 straight victories.

Orient are currently consistently inconsistent with the last four games Win – Draw – Loss – Win

Maidenhead have conceded 10 more goals this campaign than the O’s.

The two teams have only ever played each other once, in August as the O’s ran out 1-0 victors.

Macauley Bonne is top scorer for Orient with 21 goals.

Harry Pritchard leads the way for Maidenhead with 13 goals.

Both teams are safe in mid table and will play each other twice next season.

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Wrexham Need Win For Play Off Hopes

Leyton Orient will entertain Welsh team Wrexham on Saturday afternoon at Brisbane Road knowing that Wrexham will be on the lookout for all 3 points to keep their promotion hopes alive via the play offs.

The kick off time at Brisbane Road will be 3.00pm UK time (4.00pm CET and Malta time) with the weather forecast showing a hot day in the sun for the two teams.

On Tuesday the O’s lost 1-0 draw to Hartlepool United to stay in 14th place in the National League but the victory was vital for Pools and ensured they will remain in the National League next season and play Leyton Orient at least twice in the next campaign.

Orient will feel slightly aggrieved not to have returned home from Victoria Park without at least a point as Justin Edinburgh’s team dominated large sections of the match.

Hartlepool climbed to 17th with the win, seven points clear of Woking in 21st place who have two games to play. Guiseley and Chester have now been relegated with Torquay odds on to join them. So it will be Woking or Barrow to fight it out for survival in the upcoming games.

The O’s dominated from the off forcing a number of corners, while Hartlepool’s first sight of goal was a Ryan Donaldson header that was cleared off the line in the 16th minute. In the 19th minute Orient missed a great chance to take the lead when Josh Koroma shot wide when presented with a one on one with Pools keeper Scott Loach.

Hartlepool were looking for Superman to get them out of a twist but found Louis Laing instead and he eased the tension inside Victoria Park when he gave the home side the lead in the 38th minute, finding the net with a header over stranded Orient keeper Dean Brill.

Despite a number of half chances in the second half the O’s were unable to find a leveller and although Devante Rodney was sent off for Hartlepool in injury time for two bookable offences O’s were unable to find the net, but Rodney’s side hung on to claim the three points that will keep them in the non league top tier next season.

The corresponding Orient v Wrexham game at the racecourse Ground in October saw an exciting game with a 2-2 draw between the pair.

Saturday’s opponents are a different kettle of fish. Wrexham are currently in 8th place, one place off the play off places with just two games for them to play. A defeat for the team from north Wales would most likely see their play off hopes disappear in what has been a pretty solid season for the visitors. Fylde are on 71 points in 6th, Ebbsfleet on 70 points and Wrexham on 69 points. Fylde and Wrexham only have 2 games to play while Ebbsfleet have 3 games so if Orient see off Wrexham then the game is almost up for the away team in terms of play off chances.

An unexpected 2-1 defeat at home to Dagenham and Redbridge last Saturday helped Wrexham not one iota and they will be looking to take the game to the O’s. They have too!

Having entertained a 16 match unbeaten run from 23rd December to the first week of April they have hit a bad patch just at the wrong time losing 3 of the last 4 and seem to be the current draw specialist with more drawers than an Ikea cabinet. A draw is not out of the reckoning here either.

Current Facts:

Wrexham haven’t won in 5 games with 3 defeats and 2 draws.

Wrexham have drawn a whopping 18 games out of 44.

Orient have 1 defeat in 6.

Wrexham have a paltry 49 goals from 44 games this season.

Macauley Bonne is top scorer for Orient with 20 goals.

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Anfield roar to give Liverpool lead in semi-final 1st leg

We’ve priced up many Champions League semi-final 1st leg specials including 43/20 Liverpool to win and over 3.5 goals in the match and if you think Liverpool’s name is on the trophy then its 9/4 that Liverpool win the Champions League.

In the other semi-final Ronaldo will be out to shine on the big stage yet again as Real Madrid head to Munich. A £20 stake on Real Madrid winning the first leg nets you £71.

Arsenal face Atletico Madrid and Antoine Griezmann in Europa League semi-final first leg and will need a big lead to head into 2nd leg with their shaky defence. Our specials include 4/1 Arsenal to win first leg and both teams to score.

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London Derby For In Form Teams

Millwall will slug it out at the New Den in the all London derby game as they take on Fulham on Friday night in the big weekend game of the Championship. Kick off is another strange time as the Lions find themselves in an early weekend match from 19.45pm UK time (20.45pm CET and Malta time).

Both teams are on fire at the moment with the best records of 2018 in the Championship and this match promises to be a cracker. Fulham found it hard going on Saturday as they played out a 1-1 scoreline in another London derby this time with near neighbours Brentford. The draw left them 3rd in the table in a rare slip up that has usually seen them demolish the opposition at Craven Cottage. Millwall also come off the back of a 1-1 draw away at play off chasing Sheffield United in a thrilling end to end game up in Yorkshire.

I mentioned last week that every match is just like a cup final for the south London team at the moment and the Sheffield United game was another. Mind you so is the Fulham game in a third v sixth place scenario. If I told you Millwall’s run in got any easier i’d be lying. Following 3rd placed Fulham they travel to 5th placed Middlesbrough and the last Championship game of the season sees them at home to 4th placed Aston Villa. How’s that for a tough ride home but one thing Millwall have been this season particularly from the start of the year is resilient.

Yet again in 2018, Millwall allowed the opposition the better percentage of possession, soaking up wave after wave of Sheffield United attacks and then attacked on the counter. To put it into context Millwall had only 37% of the ball but it was an end to end rip roaring draw that both managers were pleased with as it keeps United in with a chance of the play offs. Sheffield United remain in 9th place only 3 points behind the Lion’s although with a poorer goal difference.

In the corresponding Millwall v Fulham game at Craven Cottage in late November an Oliver Norwood penalty on the stroke of half time sealed a 1-0 win and 3 points for the home side. It was Northern Ireland midfielder’s fourth goal of the season and earned Slavisa Jokanovic’s side only a second victory at Craven Cottage on November 25th 2017, and a first since September. Norwood’s 45th-minute spot-kick also consigned Millwall to a sixth match without a victory,

Home turf could be so vital to the Lions this time around with Fulham having played 17 Championship games in 2018 and won 13 of them drawing the other 4 but Millwall have of course been on scintillating form themselves also unbeaten in 2018. Boy oh boy can Fulham bang ‘em in with 73 goals already from their 43 games, mind you they can be lacking a bit at the back as they have conceded 42 goals.

Fulham like to score late in their games with 38 goals arriving in the last half hour whilst Millwall are the early goal kings of the main 4 divisions. Whoever could get their noses ahead could steal the points here.

Current Facts:

  • Millwall now unbeaten in 17 games.
  • Millwall’s last 7 games have seen 5 wins and 2 draws.
  • Fulham have only scored 2 goals in their last 3 matches.
  • Ryan Sessegnon is top scorer for Fulham with 14 goals.
  • George Saville and Lee Gregory both lead the Millwall scoring charts with 10 apiece.

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Orient Can Embroil Hartlepool In Trouble With Win

Leyton Orient will travel north up to to Hartlepool United with the understanding a win for the O’s could see United slip closer to the relegation area on Tuesday night.

The kick off time at the Victoria Ground will be 19.45pm UK time (20.45pm CET and Malta time).

On Saturday the O’s ended up being party poopers as they held Champions elect Macclesfield Town to a superb 1-1 draw. As I predicted on the betting in my previous match report ‘A draw is on the cards’ so I hope a few of you took up the prediction.

On Saturday the trip to Macclesfield was always going to be difficult as the O’s knew they were in for a much harder game with the Cheshire team managed by John Askey clear at the summit 10 points. Promotion was theirs for the taking and they could have snatched promotion and the Champions title with a win.

The O’s applied themselves well in the match although Macclesfield took a deserved lead after 17 minutes through Danny Whitaker after a knock down from Nathan Blissett found Mitch Hancox, who laid off for the midfielder to slot home his 100th career goal.

Dean Brill made an amazing save from Blissett and the visitors capitalised on the missed opportunity to snatch a leveller three minutes before the break. The devastating Macauley Bonne saw a header cleared off the line for a corner and when Macclesfield failed to clear their lines from the resulting set piece, Josh Koroma was on hand to slam home the loose ball and keep the travelling O’s fans in raptures.

The second half was a little dull as both teams cancelled each other out  with Bonne and Jobi McAnuff both off-target for Orient and Whitehead firing wide from range for the hosts. However, Leyton Orient almost won it in the final minute when David Mooney rounded goalkeeper Jalal, only for a superb block on the line by David Fitzpatrick to secure a point for Macclesfield.

The corresponding Orient v Hartlepool game at Brisbane Road in September saw a Scott Wilson first half injury time winner against an Orient team at the beginning of a dismal run.

The O’s are in a good run of form at present however unbeaten in 5 games with 3 wins and two draws and both teams fortunes have changed since September with the O’s finding their feet and the Monkey Hangers falling over theirs. Despite their excellent point with the Silkmen last weekend the O’s dropped 2 places to 14th after wins for Maidenhead and Gateshead saw both teams leapfrog the east Londoners. Hartlepool who like Orient were relegated last season for the first time from the football league have found life in the National League far from easy. With only 49 points from 43 games in reality they should be safe however don’t count your chickens Pool fans as they are only 5 points ahead of 21st placed Barrow who have a game in hand. Woking on a dreadful run themselves split the two teams.

A word must go out to Solihull Moors who 6 weeks ago seemed dead and buried but an amazing run has seen them jump out of the relegation places and leap up to 17th. They slaughtered bottom club Guiseley 3-1 over the weekend to almost relegate Guiseley who can only stay up if they win by an average of 7-0 in their last 5 games so unless Guiseley can get Messi and Ronaldo on loan for the rest of the season then they are down.

With both Hartlepool and Orient failing to keep too many clean sheets of late then goals can be expected especially with Pool’s poor form and the O’s on a mini roll. Hartlepool need the points while Orient are safe. A scoring draw is a decent wager.

Current Facts:

Orient are unbeaten in 5 games.

Hartlepool are winless in the last 3 games.

Hartlepool without a clean sheet in 7.

Hartlepool have scored only 2 goals in the last 4 games.

Macauley Bonne is top scorer for Orient with 20 goals.

Michael Woods is top scorer for Hartlepool with 11.

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Leyton Orient are as long as 2.75 to win the game so a bet of €10 to win could see you win back a possible €27.50.

A draw looks like a safer proposition with a price of 3.30 so a €20 stake could see you win €66.00.

Safe O’s Can Spoil Macclesfield’s Promotion Party

Leyton Orient will travel up to top of the table Macclesfield knowing a win for the home team will give the hosts the National League title and promotion to the Football League Division 2 on Saturday.

The O’s can be party poopers live on TV as the match is being shown at the earlier kick off time of 12.30pm UK time (1.30pm CET and Malta time).

It’s not going to be a walkover though for the home side as the O’s come into the match on a run of pretty good form. On Saturday they stuffed Barrow by 4 goals to 1 to send Barrow into the relegation zone as Solihull Moors climbed out of the bottom four for the first time in eons. Solihull Moors picked up a crucial 1-0 victory over Hartlepool United to send Barrow into major trouble.

That man Macauley Bonne was on fire again as he netted twice for the Orient although he left it late to say the least notching twice in injury time. Anything that could have gone wrong went wrong for Barrow as they scored an own goal and had a man sent off in the process of their home 4-1 mauling that put them in the danger zone.

Leyton Orient took an early lead through a Luke James header as quickly as the 7th minute but the hosts Dan Jones had a miserable day and not one to put in his family scrapbook as he scored an own goal and then saw the red card either side of Josh Koroma’s strike, before Macauley Bonne netted a late brace to put the result beyond any doubt.

After Jones dismissal in the 78th minute it was all one way traffic as Orient took charge of the game in the final minutes. Koroma put them into the lead just two minutes after coming off the bench when he headed in at the back post following Sam Ling’s long throw. Both of Boone’s late late show goals came from James Brophy crosses.

For Saturday’s trip to Macclesfield the O’s know they are in for a much harder game with the Cheshire team managed by John Askey clear at the summit 10 points ahead of Sutton United. Promotion is theirs for the taking and they could do it against the O’s in which should be a well supported game with the Silkmen looking to bounce back into top flight football. If they do win they will also pick up the Champions title too. Macclesfield were members of the Football League from 1997 to 2012 in the second division although they did enjoy the 1998-99 season in Division 1.

With the O’s stuffing Barrow on Saturday the Silkmen were struggling and showing they were not invincible as they stuttered to a 2-2 away draw with Ebbsfleet United that saw them give up a 2-0 lead and to make matters worse the league leaders were reduced to 10 men on seventy three minutes as Nathan Blissett was shown a straight red card for an alleged elbow, and the hosts took advantage to equalise through Dean Rance with 12 minutes remaining.

The corresponding Orient v Macclesfield at Brisbane Road in October saw a Scott Wilson first half injury time winner against an Orient team devoid of confidence and on a dismal run. The Silkmen were firing on all cylinders on a superb run that has continued throughout the rest of the season that leaves them top of the National League tree.

Orient will have their work cut out to gain anything from this match with Macclesfield looking to achieve promotion on Saturday but the O’s are in a good patch at present unbeaten in 4 games with 3 wins on the trot. The O’s could snatch something out of the bag and spoil Macclesfield’s day in front of the TV cameras.

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Leyton Orient are as long as 4.10 to win the game so a bet of €20 to win could see you claw back €82.00.

Macclesfield Town to win the game are currently at 1.80.

A draw could be on the cards at 3.45 so a €10 stake could see you win €34.50.

Millwall Looking To Kill Off United’s Premiership Hopes

Millwall will travel to the north again on Saturday evening to play Sheffield United with the knowledge a victory could put them firmly in the play off positions and a defeat for Sheffield United could see their own dreams of Premiership football disappear before their eyes in Yorkshire. Kick off is another Saturday early shift for the Lions from 1pm UK time (2pm CET and Malta time).

Every match is just like a cup final for the south London team at the moment. On Tuesday they dipped into the play off places for the first time this season as they overwhelmed a dreary Bolton by two goals to nil.  As the express train that is Millwall roared north into Greater Manchester the Lion’s knew that a win would keep the pressure firmly on 6th placed Middlesbrough who are having an inconsistent spell at the current time.

Tom Elliott who hasn’t exactly been on goalscoring fire for the Lions chose an opportune time to score his first goal since January when opened the scoring for the visitors ten minutes before the end of the first half that had seen a cagey start at the Macron Stadium. Both both teams had too much to lose to give anything away. Elliott headed in after launching into a well directed Ben Marshall cross at the back post.

Millwall doubled their lead after Mahlon Romeo dribbled the ball from deep within his own half that saw him run 70 metres before squaring for Marshall, who smashed the ball into the roof of the net.

As per usual in 2018, Millwall allowed the opposition the better percentage of possession, soaking up wave after wave of Bolton attacks and then attacked on the counter. To be fair Bolton were lacking authority and looked toothless. The defeat leaves Bolton one point above the Championship relegation zone and a worrying few weeks ahead for the Trotter’s fans.

Millwall fans in comparison saw Neil Harris’ side climb into the top six for the first time this season, a remarkable rise for a team who were 15th when they were last beaten in December of last year. A remarkable turn around for the team who remember were only promoted last year from Division 1 from the play offs. Could it be two play off promotions on the bounce?

Saturday’s opponents are Sheffield United who are in 9th place only 3 points behind the Lion’s although with a poorer goal difference. The Yorkshire outfit still harbour thoughts of getting into the play offs themselves and did Millwall a huge favour with a 2-1 home win over play off rivals Middlesbrough on Tuesday night. A brace from Lee Evans in the first half enough to put the game beyond the north east team who had Grant Leadbitter sent off after only 25 minutes and although Daniel Ayala pulled one back it wasn’t enough and United held on. A defeat would have have seen United struggle to get anywhere near the play offs.

In the corresponding Millwall v Sheffield United game at the New Den in early December the Lion’s came out 3-1 victors with goals from Gregory, Romeo and Cooper while David Brooks notched for the visitors.

Sheffield United are on a rocky patch at the wrong time of the season with just one win in 5 while Millwall seem to have forgotten how to lose. United desperately need a win but then so do Millwall so we could be in for a treat come Saturday afternoon.

Current Facts:

  • Millwall now unbeaten in 16 games.
  • Millwall’s last 6 games have seen 5 wins and a draw.
  • United have drawn 3 of their last 5 matches.
  • United have conceded at least 1 goal in their last 4 matches.
  • Millwall have scored exactly 2 goals now in 6 of their last 7 games.

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Lions Can Propel Wanderers Into Danger Zone

Millwall will travel to Bolton Wanderers on Tuesday evening knowing a win could put them into the play off positions and a defeat for the Wanderers could see them potentially slip into the relegation spots. Kick off is 8pm UK time (9pm CET and Malta time).

It’s yet another important game for Millwall who will be hoping to still get in amongst the play off spots for the first time his season in a game against the Greater Manchester team desperately in need of points themselves as they languish in an extremely unhealthy position in the table. Currently in 21st place and just one position above the relegation spots they slipped up again against a dominant promotion chasing Derby County by 3 goals to 0 on Saturday to leave them just 2 points above Barnsley but with a dreadful goal difference.

Meanwhile the Millwall rollercoaster speeds on and there seems no let up as they beat fellow promotion chasing rivals Bristol City by two goals to nil at the New Den on Saturday to move them up to 7th ahead of City and just a single point behind 6th placed Middlesbrough. There was nothing to separate Bristol City and Millwall going into the game with both on 62 points in the league and with the same goal difference. However the 2-0 win not only helps them points wise against their West Country rivals but the goal difference could be vital come the end of the season.

The south London team are now unbeaten in 15 games and leaving their late run for a play off spot to perfection. It is still possible both teams could make the play offs however with only 5 matches of the season in the Championship left to play out. This result certainly dents Bristol City’s chances however.

Middlesbrough in 6th managed to get back to winning ways with a 2-0 home win over Nottingham Forest and the Lions are still 3 points behind Derby County in 5th place respectively. Preston North End’s chance for a play off place took a nose dive when they tasted defeat way at Reading. Brentford kept their slim hopes in tact thanks to a 1-0 win over Ipswich Town but Sheffield United were the fall guys surprisingly hammered 3-2 by lowly Barnsley.

The Lions kept their wonderful run going playing with little possession at home with just 36% of the play yet still won with relative ease as City failed to register a single shot on target. Jed Wallace cut inside from the left and bent in a fine opening goal for the hosts from a tight angle in the 11th minute and Steve Morison doubled their lead with a curling finish after a neat one-two with strike partner Lee Gregory just after half time to keep the Lion’s fans dreams of reaching the play offs a reality.

I mentioned in the Bristol City preview article that whichever team comes out of the blocks fastest could take control of the match so Bristol City would have to be wary of Millwall’s knack of scoring ridiculously early goals and Millwall did it again taking control of the game by blocking out the City attack and scoring just after the ten minute mark and after that it was fairly plain sailing for the home team.

Lowly Bolton will be looking to play Millwall in a different way at the Macron stadium and once again will need to shut up shop early against a rampant Millwall to spring a surprise.

Current Facts:

  • Millwall now unbeaten in 15 games.
  • Bolton have a -28 goal difference in the Championship.
  • Bolton have lost the last 3 on the bounce.
  • Bolton haven’t scored 2 goals in a game since December 23rd 2017 when they overcame Cardiff 2-0. That run is now 18 games long.
  • Millwall have scored exactly 2 goals in 5 of their last six games.

With the Lions in tremendous form expect them to be the firm favourites but they need to ensure nothing is taken for granted.

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