However, we still think they will win this game in what should be a fiery match, given the historic rivalry these teams have shared. However, we also think Millwall will be up for this and they have been shown that they are stronger at home, despite that loss to Swansea. Leeds have quality all over the field and are more than able to get two goals from somewhere.
The hosts may have been surprised at Barnsley in their opener, but things have picked up for them since. Scott Parker has been given a strong side to lead back to the top flight, while he has made early strides bedding in talent to produce an impressive attacking setup. Fulham won 2-1 at Huddersfield to make it two wins from three for the recently relegated side. Ivan Cavaleiro, Anthony Knockaert and Bobby Reid are all adept at providing support for the front-man, which helps Fulham continue the attacking style which led them to promotion in 2018.
The Red Devils won the game 3-0, but despite suffering the heavy loss in the title game, Milwall booked their place in the UEFA Cup. However, Ferencvaros of Hungary proved to be a big catch for the English outfit in the two-legged tie. The capital club did well to make it to the 2003/2004 FA Cup final, but Premier League giants Manchester United proved to be a big catch for the Lions.
However, we also think Millwall will be up for this and they have been shown that they are stronger at home, despite that loss to Swansea. However, we still think they will win this game in what should be a fiery match, given the historic rivalry these teams have shared. Leeds have quality all over the field and are more than able to get two goals from somewhere.
Now with just 24 points remaining to play for, they are out of the top two, which means they need to go through the championship playoffs to gain promotion to Premier League, rather than get a path directly. Gone are the days when Leeds used to top the table. But hope remains, since the second spot in the table is just a single point above, and currently in possession of Sheffield United.
Fulham have won 14 of their last 16 home Championship games, scoring twice or more in 12 of their last 14. That has us leaning towards goals in this one, so were backing Fulham to win and over 1.5 goals in the game. Theyve recorded back to back wins to get their season up and running, scoring twice in each. They may well need to score a couple, given that Millwall have scored exactly one goal in each of their three games so far. When Fulham went up 83% of their home matches saw at least two goals, while their quality in attack should see them break through the Lions.
Those clashes may have been entertaining, but they didnt work out for the Lions. Millwall have an unbeaten start behind them, but can they stretch that into this London derby? Theyve lost three straight meetings with Fulham, as the Cottagers have come out of those clashes 7-1 up on aggregate. Last term they lost at four of the top five, conceding 11 times and scoring six times. Following 15 defeats in 23 away games last season we dont think Millwall have what it takes to turn around that poor record.
Their compact, rigid formation that focuses on pressing down oppositions does not lend itself to attacking football and they are guilty of sitting back too often on the road. It appears scoring goals away from home is the main issue for Millwall here. They have scored one goal in three games and against Blackburn, they didnt even have a shot on target.
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While they dealt a huge blow to their rivals, the Cottagers have now hit their stride in the second tier. Fulham condemned fellow relegated side Huddersfield to another defeat on Friday night. With plenty of talent in their favour, we are siding with the hosts, while Aleksandar Mitrovic could prove crucial for the third straight game. Their solid start has made them favourites for this meeting with Millwall, while we think this is the perfect chance for Scott Parkers side to prove themselves.
They then had two goalless draws in a row, against Blackburn and then Gillingham, who they beat on penalties in the Carabao Cup, before an impressive 2-1 home win against Derby. They were unbeaten in their first four matches in all competitions, drawing three games consecutively then winning against Derby in the fourth. In the first draw, they played excellently at home to Middlesbrough and were desperately unlucky to gain only a point, after the away side scored twice in the final ten minutes to finish the match at 2-2.