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

Sports Mole previews Tuesday's Championship clash between Millwall and Watford, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Millwall will host Watford in the Championship on Tuesday evening hoping to bounce back from Saturday's 3-0 loss at home to Bristol City in the FA Cup.

Meanwhile, Watford have put together a good run of form and are looking to secure their fourth successive league victory.


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Millwall manager Gary Rowett pictured in December 2020© Reuters

Millwall's time in the FA Cup came to an end last weekend as they were comfortably beaten by Bristol City, exiting the competition in the fourth round.

With one eye on a busy schedule of league action, Millwall boss Gary Rowett made eight changes to his starting lineup that secured three points at Huddersfield Town in midweek, but Rowett accepted that his team selection gamble did not pay dividends and that "some players haven't taken their opportunity."

The Lions now turn their attention back to the Championship, where they find themselves in midtable, nine points clear of the relegation zone and 12 points behind the top six.

Millwall's last meeting with Watford was a 1-0 home victory in the FA Cup back in January 2017, although they failed to win any of the previous four league meetings against them.

The Lions have struggled at The Den all season, having won the fewest home matches in the division with the 2-0 victory against Luton Town in October their only league triumph so far this season.

With three of their next four league games to be played at home, claiming a victory on Tuesday could provide a massive boost for Rowett's men heading into February.

Watford's Troy Deeney in action with Stoke City's Nathan Collins in the Championship on January 22, 2021© Reuters

Watford secured their third successive league victory last Friday as they beat an out-of-form Stoke City side 2-1 away from home.

Head coach Xisco was delighted with Troy Deeney's "perfect" performance, as his goal and assist helped the Hornets climb to third in the table, level on points with Swansea City in second place.

Watford have the best home record in the division with nine wins from 12 matches played at Vicarage Road, but they head to Millwall having won only three of their 12 Championship away games.

The Hornets have a good record against the Lions, having won seven of their last 10 league meetings against them, although their last league visit was during the 2014-15 campaign.

Securing another win on the road would see them move into second place, four points behind leaders Norwich City, who would have a game in hand.

Millwall Championship form: WDLDLW
Millwall form (all competitions): LWDLWL

Watford Championship form: LWLWWW
Watford form (all competitions): WLLWWW


Team News

Watford's Troy Deeney celebrates scoring against Barnsley on January 19, 2021© Reuters

Millwall boss Rowett is likely to revert to a similar side that played against Huddersfield on Wednesday.

Strikers Matt Smith and Jon Dadi Bodvarsson are likely to start in attack, while goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski, left-back Scott Malone, midfielder Ryan Woods and winger Jed Wallace are among the players considered for a recall.

Winger Connor Mahoney is the only injury concern for the Lions, who is likely to miss out despite his return to training.

Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster is set for a spell on the sidelines due to a broken finger, which will likely see Daniel Bachmann keep his place in goal.

Danish winger Philip Zinckernagel, who came off the bench against Stoke, is pushing for his first Championship start of the season.

Midfielder Will Hughes, who has started the last two matches, could keep his place in the starting lineup alongside Nathaniel Chalobah.

Millwall possible starting lineup:
Bialkowski; Cooper, Hutchinson, Pearce; McNamara, Woods, Leonard, Malone; Wallace; Bodvarsson, Smith

Watford possible starting lineup:
Bachmann; Femenia, Troost-Ekong, Sierralta, Masina; Zinckernagel, Hughes, Chalobah, Sarr; Pedro, Deeney


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We say: Millwall 0-2 Watford

Even though Millwall are set to recall a number of first-team regulars to their side, the Hornets are in fine form at the moment and should have enough quality to claim three points on Tuesday against a team with a poor home record.


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How you voted: Millwall vs Watford

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11.2%
Draw
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Watford
75.9%
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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Norwich CityNorwich32207545252067
2Brentford32179659342560
3Watford32179643232060
4Swansea CitySwansea30178538191959
5Reading32156114437751
6Cardiff CityCardiff321471148341449
7Bournemouth321310946321449
8Barnsley31146113635148
9Middlesbrough32137123734346
10Stoke CityStoke32111293735245
11Millwall3291673128343
12Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest33119132831-342
13Bristol City32133163243-1142
14Queens Park RangersQPR301010103034-440
15Preston North EndPreston32124163442-840
16Blackburn RoversBlackburn31116144537839
17Luton TownLuton31108132435-1138
18Derby CountyDerby32107152433-937
19Huddersfield TownHuddersfield32106163847-936
20Coventry CityCoventry32810142943-1434
21Birmingham CityBirmingham32710152340-1731
22Rotherham UnitedRotherham3085173341-829
23Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds3197152135-1428
24Wycombe WanderersWycombe3158182351-2823

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