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Preview: Millwall vs. Brentford - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Saturday's Championship game between Millwall and Brentford, including team news and predicted lineups.

Millwall and Brentford contest their London derby on Saturday afternoon having both gotten off to a solid start in the Championship.

While the home side have recorded four points from their opening two fixtures, last season's playoff runners-up have posted one win and one defeat.


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Brentford manager Thomas Frank pictured on September 16, 2020© Reuters

With Ollie Watkins having departed Brentford for Aston Villa and Said Benrahma's future still up in the air, many would have felt that the Bees would struggle to replicate their form of last season.

However, progressing past Southampton and West Bromwich Albion in the EFL Cup, both when fielding weakened teams away from home, suggests that Thomas Frank is continuing to develop this promising group of players.

Their opening-day setback at Birmingham City has now been forgotten and expectation levels will only continue to rise with the shrewd addition of Saman Ghoddos, a player who should be an ideal fit for Brentford's style of play.

Frank will no doubt want to keep everyone's feet on the ground at this stage of the season when the added pressure only hindered their progress back in July.

That said, all eyes are on their evolution as they adopt a unique transfer policy, one which shows no signs of failing any time soon.

Like the visitors, Millwall performed above expectations during the last campaign, only missing out on a place in the playoffs by two points.

Rather than fill his squad with fresh faces, Rowett has gone for a similar look to last season, moving to retain the services of Ryan Woods and Mason Bennett.

Although Rowett was disappointed to see his side's unbeaten start to the season come to an end against Burnley in the EFL Cup, the Lions boss will be happy to focus his attention on league matters.

Improving in the final third will be at the top of his agenda having witnessed his team score just once in games against Stoke City, Rotherham United and the Clarets.

Millwall Championship form: DW
Millwall form (all competitions): WDWWL

Brentford Championship form: LW
Brentford form (all competitions): DLWWW


Team News

Troy Parrott in action for Republic of Ireland on November 14, 2019© Reuters

Tottenham Hotspur loanee Troy Parrott is expected to miss out for Millwall due to an ankle injury.

Having made changes for their EFL Cup tie, Rowett could revert back to the team which began the victory over Rotherham.

Brentford boss Frank will also recall the players who were rested for the midweek clash with West Brom.

However, Ivan Toney faces a fight to retain his spot in the team after the recent performances of Marcus Forss.

Frank must decide whether to continue with Luke Daniels between the sticks or hand a return to last season's first choice David Raya.

Millwall possible starting lineup:
Bialkowski; Hutchinson, Pearce, Cooper; Romeo, Leonard, Woods, Malone; Wallace, Bradshaw, Bennett

Brentford possible starting lineup:
Daniels; Dalsgaard, Jansson, Pinnock, Henry; Dasilva, Norgaard, Marcondes; Mbuemo, Toney, Canos


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We say: Millwall 1-2 Brentford

While Millwall have looked strong at the back in their opening two matches, we cannot ignore that Brentford are beginning to click into gear in the final third. Although little may separate the teams come the final whistle, the Bees could prevail by the odd goal in three.


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