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.
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