MILLWALL will be looking to keep up their impressive away form as they take the short trip to Watford tomorrow.
Things continue to be difficult at The Den as Tuesday night’s 2-1 loss to Blackburn Rovers proved but away from home, the Lions are looking competitive.
It’s two wins, three draws and a single defeat – only Leicester City and Ipswich Town have fewer – on the road so far this season.
Millwall take on a Watford side whose recent recovery in form means the pair now share a near identical record in the Championship.
The Hornets are 15th in the table, one place above their opponents on Saturday, and both teams have four wins, four draws, five defeats and have conceded 16 goals from their 13 games.
Their close records on the pitch this season contrasts sharply with events in the boardroom where Millwall and Watford have switched faces in recent weeks.
The Lions, for so long an example of stability and consistency, are without a manager while Watford, who have chopped and changed head coach so frequently over the last decade, gave Valerien Ismael a new contract earlier this month.
This is despite an underwhelming start to the season for the Hertfordshire-based club.
Apart from a 4-0 win on the opening day against Queens Park Rangers, Watford have seemingly been stumbling through their games with a talented squad yet to really show the best of themselves.
But, unluckily for Millwall, Ismael’s side look to be gradually clicking with back-to-back 1-0 wins over Sheffield Wednesday and Swansea City following a credible away draw at Cardiff City.
The Hornets have a number of exciting players with potential but they seem to struggle to make their talents click on a consistent basis.
Striker Vakoun Bayo currently leads the scoring charts with three goals in the league and one in the Carabao Cup.
Attacker Matheus Martins, on loan from Udinese, and midfielder Imran Louza are both capable of causing problems on their day while more familiar names like Jake Livermore and Tom Ince also populate this capable Watford team.
Millwall will be eyeing the game as a chance to get their third win on the road this season following triumphs over Middlesbrough and Plymouth Argyle.
As the recent game at Preston North End demonstrated, the Lions are tending to find more space away from home. They also have less pressure on them to take the game to the opponent, which appears to suit the team’s strengths.
It is set to be Adam Barrett’s third match in charge in his second caretaker stint and he will be keen to get a win under his belt.
Over both of his spells in charge, he has now won one, drawn two and lost two.
Millwall comfortably beat Watford in both matches last season with Tom Bradshaw hitting a hat-trick in a 3-0 win at The Den before Andreas Voglsammer and Zian Flemming struck in a 2-0 Boxing Day triumph at Vicarage Road.
That was Millwall’s first win at Watford’s ground since 2006, ending a run of six games there without victory.
Club captain Shaun Hutchinson and Kevin Nisbet could be back fit for this game while Joe Bryan is having a scan after limping out of Tuesday’s loss to Blackburn.
Matija Sarkic – quad muscles – last match: vs Birmingham City 2nd September
Shaun Hutchinson – calf – last match: vs Birmingham City 2nd September – could return
Duncan Watmore – hamstring – last match: vs Hull City 7th October
Kevin Nisbet – hamstring – last match: vs Hull City 7th October – could return
Ryan Leonard – knee – last match: vs Hull City 7th October
Joe Bryan – groin – last match vs Blackburn Rovers 24th October – having scan
Suspension Watch – players with two or more yellows so far (five yellow cards accumulated in the first 19 games result in a one game suspension)
Jake Cooper – 3 (booked against Middlesbrough, Swansea City and Plymouth Argyle)
Danny McNamara – 3 (booked against West Bromwich Albion, Plymouth Argyle and Hull City)
Ryan Longman – 2 (booked against Rotherham United and Swansea)
Wes Harding – 2 (booked against Birmingham City and Hull)
Shaun Hutchinson – 2 (booked against Middlesbrough and Bristol City)