Millwall – Fulham SOCCER PICKS
The Carabao Cup gives us a London derby in round three that we would not have seen this year. Fulham travels to Greater London to get a spot in the next round. Last year both teams met each other in the Championship. Fulham was twice (simply) too strong for Millwall (0-3, 1-0).
Last season, Millwall surprised by ending in the left-hand row after 46 games in the Championship. For the time being, the current season is a lot less smooth than the previous one. After nine games, The Lions are on the twenty-second position and only has Ipswich Town and Preston North End under them. The biggest problem of the Neil Harris team appears to be scoring goals. In those nine games played, Millwall only scored seven times. Only Ipswich Town and Rotherham United managed to let the net bulge even less often.
Millwall only won one of her last six games in all competitions. This was the first game of The Lions in the Carabao Cup. At home on The Den there was only narrowly won from Plymouth Argyle, coming in the League One. In that game, Millwall even trailed 1-2 with 80 minutes. Despite the fact that there was played with a bred B-team, Millwall should have simply won from The Pilgrims with ease. Experienced Aiden O’Brien and Lee Gregory were brought in late in the second half and were able to avoid losing Millwall’s face loss by scoring and pulling the score to 3-2.
In contrast to Millwall, Fulham can be found in an ok form. Since August 18, only Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur have been lost. In between, Burnley and Exeter City (Carabao Cup) were put on the knee and the matches between surprise Watford and Brighton & Hove Albion ended in draws. After an uncomfortable start to the season, Fulham has collected five points and is in fifteenth place in the Premier League.
The many purchases from The Cottagers now seem to have actually played in the team. André Schürrle, Michaël Seri and Luciano Vietto are weekly base customers and form a great combination with last year’s strong holders (Ryan Sessegnon, Alfie Mawson, etc.). The expectation is that Fulham will not take full power on The Den. The focus is on the Premier League and so we can expect Slaviša Jokanović to give some strong holders including Aleksandar Mitrović rest in the London derby.