Millwall hosts Preston North End in round 23 of the English Championship. The match will be played on Tuesday, February 1st at The Den (London)
Millwall is a fairly well-known club. But it is mostly due to the fans, and not high results on the pitch. The Lions were even relegated to League 1 but still managed to return to the Championship and restore their status as average performers in this division. In the previous season, Millwall took 11th place. Now the men of Gary Rowett are at about the same level. They have no real chance to compete for a place in the top six (the gap is almost ten points), not to mention the potential leadership. On the other hand, they are quite far from the relegation zone. Derby and Barnsley, which suffered from sanctions, will probably leave the Championship, and there are enough “applicants” for the 3rd loser. In general, Millwall does not have any special tournament motivation. Still, three consecutive defeats in the Championship and relegation from the cup could not be liked by anyone. But in the last match of January, the Lions beat West Bromwich. Afobe, who was once considered a great talent, became the hero of that game: Benik assisted the club’s top scorer, Bradshaw, and scored himself.
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Preston managed to gain two champion’s titles in 1889 and 1890. Beyond that, the team won the FA Cup. Who could have imagined that it will win only one trophy over the next almost a century and a half? And the Lilywhites have not played in the elite division for a long time. They managed to make it to the playoff several times, but it all ended in failure. Moreover, there was even relegation to League 1, but Preston managed not to get stuck there. Now this club is the same middle peasant as Millwall. In the last draw, the Lilywhites managed to finish in 13th place. And now they are at about the same level. The club’s statistics are quite equal: nine wins, nine losses, and ten draws with a goal difference of 33-35. Emil Riis is the best player of Preston so far. The 23-year-old forward has already scored 12 goals (and only 1 from the penalty spot) and made three assists. In the last draw, the player had only 2+1 in 38 games in the Championship. However, his efforts are still not enough: after the New Year, Preston was eliminated from the cup and won only once in the last five rounds.
Both clubs cannot boast of good form now. And they de facto have no special tournament tasks. We recommend betting on the fact that their head-to-head match won’t please the fans with a large number of goals scored.