The games follow in rapid succession for Millwall and Burnley. On Wednesday evening, these two teams will meet each other in the sixteenth finals of the Carabao Cup. Burnley did not yet win a duel within regular playing time in the current football season and so Millwall hopes to surprise against the Premier League club.
Millwall is in the Championship after two games in the same place as where it ended last season. In the first two league games of the current season, The Lions managed to grab four points. Neil Harris’ team started the season a week and a half ago with a goalless draw against Stoke City. Last Saturday, Millwall managed to grab the first three-pointer of the season by beating Rotherham United 0-1. The game had few highlights and Jed Wallace’s goal also came with the necessary luck.
For Millwall, the game at Roterham United was already the fourth official game of the season. In addition to two league matches, Harris’s men have already completed two Carabao Cup matches. In the cup tournament, Crawley Town was beaten 1-3 earlier this month and with the same numbers Millwall won against Cheltenham Town at home last week. The busy schedule in the first weeks of the season was no reason for Harris to completely turn his team upside down during the cup games of the past period. He probably won’t do that against Burnley, despite Millwall playing a tough league game against Brentford at The Den on Saturday afternoon.
At Burnley they have only had two official games. The Clarets started the new season last week with a cup match against Sheffield United. That game ended in a 1-1 draw within regular time, after which Burnley was more efficient from eleven meters. On Sunday evening the new Premier League season started for Burnley with an away game at Leicester City. No fewer than six goals were scored in the King Power Stadium, but unfortunately for Burnley, four of those six hits fell on the wrong side: 4-2 defeat.
The duel between Leicester and Burnley was the duel of the strange goals. Especially at Burnley they were quite defensive and that was clearly visible in Erik Pieters’ own goal. It is also completely des Burnley to take four hits against, let alone this way. Burnley manager Sean Dyche has indicated many times after the corona break that his selection is too narrow to perform optimally in every game and he seems to be right early in the season. Five Burnley players are currently suffering from injuries and the flush will be very thin for The Clarets. It is not inconceivable that Dyche against Millwall should also give some players the chance that he normally would not give a chance so quickly. A good example of this is Kevin Long, who was mainly a bench seat last season and can now suddenly count on a basic place due to all the injuries.