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.
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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