The Football Association and Sky Sports have conspired to take Championship aficionados on a televised tour from the slough of despond to the crest of a wave this weekend.
Woefully out-of-sorts Brighton host Millwall on Friday night in the accursed portion of the double-header, their ineptitude all the more stark for being scheduled less than 20 hours before effervescent title chasers Middlesbrough and Derby face off.
The Seagulls have mustered a single win in their 16 league games since downing Bolton on home turf amid the last rays of August sunshine.
Meanwhile their London visitors have an embarrassingly partial claim to superiority, having triumphed not once, but twice during the same timeframe.
However, despite Millwall being in marginally better nick it would be wise to side with the 23/10 draw due to this fixture being played out under the Amex Stadium spotlights.
The Lions are 3/1 dogs for this downwardly-mobile duel, with their hosts available for investment at 9/10.
Somehow, despite a litany of terrible results, Sami Hyypia’s troops have only been bested three times on home turf all season, avoiding defeat in eight of those 11 outings.
However, just three of that octet saw them claim the spoils and with Millwall drawing four of their last five on what looks set to be an increasingly long and winding road for Ian Holloway’s side it seems that his Friday night showdown is set to end in stalemate.
Our lowly adversaries are no strangers to goals in certain situations and if this match were to be played in south east London, instead of on the south coast, a goal-fest would have been in offing.
However, Brighton have scored once or less in each of their last seven home games, with five of those fixtures rewarding under 2.5-goals backers.
Millwall meanwhile have been involved in three 0-0 draws inside their last five away games.
That this tussle follows suit is an endearing 3/4 wager, while backing the double bagel on the nose is rewarded at odds of 7/1.