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CHAMPIONSHIP: BOURNEMOUTH v MILLWALL PREVIEW AND PREDICTION



The Lions travel South to Bournemouth on Tuesday as we look to pick up where we left off, after a comfortable 2-0 victory at Boreham Wood in the FA Cup on Saturday.

This will be a much tougher test for Gary Rowett and the team though, we are in poor form in the league and heading to a side who will surely be competing for an automatic promotion spot come the end of the season.


It has been 5 games and 21 years since we last tasted victory away at the Cherries, I doubt there’s too many of us who are confident about ending that run this evening.


We are capable of getting something though, we have seen the boys put in many a good away performance under Rowett. Not so long ago we were the best away side in the division over a 12 month period, that has since changed however following our cluster of draws and handful of defeats suffered lately. But as I say, it’s by no means out of the question that we could nick a draw like we did at Norwich, or dare I say it, a victory like we did so comfortably at Bristol City just a few weeks ago.


There are some positives to take into the game, Danny McNamara looked excellent slotting into right wing-back on Saturday and may keep his place in the side. If he doesn’t, then at least Mahlon now has somebody breathing down his neck for his position.

Ryan Leonard and Ryan Woods looked a good pairing, hopefully Rowett keeps those two together.

Parrott and Zohore linked up well as we finally got to see the pair of them up front. Having these 2 fit and playing together really could be the key to us turning around what has been an awful run of form in recent months.

Jed Wallace should hopefully be raring to go again having had some much needed rest.


I know people are against the 5 at the back, myself included in recent weeks, but for tonight I don't think I would change much from the weekends victory. My starting formation would be 5-2-3 which also can easily be a flexible 5-3-2 given the players I would choose in my starting 11.

I wouldn't be THAT opposed to perhaps seeing a 4-3-3, but I believe we will need that extra defender given the wealth of attacking talent Bournemouth have in their side.


Here would be my preferred line up.


Our opponents Bournemouth have key players Cameron Carter-Vickers (Defender) and Jack Stacey (Winger) fit again following injuries. Centre back Carter-Vickers will be coming up against his long term team-mate Troy Parrott, both players are on loan from Tottenham Hotspur and will surely know each others games inside out, and will no doubt be keen to impress knowing that Spurs will surely be keeping a very close eye on this fixture.

Dan Gosling (Midfielder) is the only doubt for the home side and he will be having a late fitness test ahead of the game, Billy Mitchell and Connor Mahoney are still a week away from returning for Millwall.


PREDICTION:

It will be tough, but I am keeping positive in the hope our form will turn around so will go for a hard fought, backs to the wall 1-1 draw. Zohore to get the goal for The Lions.

 

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