Millwall have had a similar start to the season to us on paper, having lost their first game by a goal before beating League 2 opposition in the EFL Cup during the week. They lost by a goal away at Mark Warburton’s Nottingham Forest before beating Stevenage 2-0.
I know many people are tipping us to go straight back down, but Millwall are among my favourites to go down. Looking at their side, it looks like the weakest Millwall side to grace the Championship in recent years. They have a few good young players, and Fred Onyedinma would certainly strike me as their biggest threat, but I think they’ll struggle this year.
Lee Gregory scored 15 goals in League 1 last year, and has a season of Championship football under his belt from a few years ago, so he would appear to be their biggest goal threat.
That being said, there are many things we claim to know about our team that others don’t – for example, people looking at us will think, ‘Oh, they’re starting with Gary Madine up front. This’ll be easy.’ Little do they know Gary Madine is probably the best striker in England right now. Maybe Millwall have their own team of ‘Gary Madine’s’. We’ll have to see.
However, if we are to stay up – which I believe we will – we have to beat teams like Millwall, and I’m cautiously optimistic here.
I think our defence is starting to gel – Reece Burke looks like a superb signing. Start him alongside Mark Beevers who knows Millwall inside out, and we’re rock solid at the back. That is, of course, provided that we play people in position (that means not playing Stephen Darby at wing back, or centre back). If we can manage that, I’m going for a 2-1 Bolton win. Mark Beevers and Gary Madine to score.
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