Relegation-threatened Millwall travel to Barnsley on Saturday hoping to end a run of three straight Championship defeats which culminated in a 6-0 hammering by Birmingham City last weekend.
The Lions’ 5-0 thumping of Dagenham and Redbridge in their FA Cup third-round replay in midweek would have provided a welcome distraction from their league form, which has left them just two points and one place above the relegation zone.
Only 22nd-placed Nottingham Forest have scored fewer goals in the last eight league games and with the Reds travelling to Millwall’s fiercest of rivals, promotion-chasing West Ham United, the visitors will see this game as a good oppurtunity to edge away from the bottom three.
Barnsley’s current form certainly gives them a chance – albeit a slim one – of being in the play-off shake-up come May. They have won four and lost four of their last eight, impressively beating big-spending Leicester City last time out.
There have been 33 goals in the last eight games involving the home side, with no team scoring or conceding more. The joint second leakiest defence in that period belongs to Millwall, so a glut of goals looks likely.
The two sides cancelled each other out at The Den back in August in a game that began a run of five straight draws for Barnsley and you can get odds of 11/5 for the teams to finish all square again.
Millwall are the same price to get the victory, while Barnsley look good at 6/5.
However, there have been 33 goals in the last eight games involving the home side, with no team scoring or conceding more. The joint second leakiest defence in that period belongs to Millwall, so a glut of goals looks likely.
Punters who use their free £25 would see a return of £162.50 if they correctly predict there to be at least five goals in the game at 11/2.
Alternatively, with Barnsley seemingly having the edge, the offer of 25/4 for them to win with four or more combine goals in the game looks the best option of all.
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