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Millwall vs Fulham: Cottagers can tame limited Lions

Kick-off: 1945, 12/02/2020

Stadium: The Den

TV: Sky Sports

Fulham have boosted their hopes of securing automatic promotion with a fine run of results and look worth following when visiting Millwall.

The Lions have recently lost to the top two in the table and may again just have their limitations exposed by the third-placed Cottagers at The Den.

Punters can get 29/20 for an away win and that is good enough to be our initial Millwall vs Fulham prediction.

It is also worth noting that four of the visitors’ last five victories have been to nil, so 14/5 for another clean-sheet triumph here takes the eye.

A Look At Millwall’s Betting Odds

Millwall did well to climb up into the top half of the table during a run of eight wins in 15 games, but go into this fixture having picked up just one point from three matches.

Following a loss at Leeds and a goalless draw at Sheffield Wednesday, the Lions went down 2-0 to West Brom at this venue on Sunday.

Gary Rowett admitted they were outclassed by a superior side during that latest setback.

“A little bit of quality told,” said the manager. “When you play against sides like West Brom and Leeds, you find that their extra bit of zip and composure makes it difficult for you.

“I expected us to be more defensively resilient. I can live with us not creating chances if we’re solid at the back; we didn’t do either, while West Brom delivered a very good performance.

“Their mentality in the conditions was fabulous. Given some of their play, they could have been three or four up at half-time.

“There was a big gulf on the pitch and a lot of it was down to our level of performance.”

The Lions haven’t won a second half in nine encounters with the top six, being outscored after the interval in two thirds of those matches.

Looking at the Millwall vs Fulham odds, we like 9/5 for the Cottagers to score most goals in the second period.

A Look At Fulham’s Betting Odds

Fulham have recovered well from a blip in early December, winning six of their last nine Championship games and suffering only one league defeat in that time.

Saturday’s triumph at Blackburn was a fourth 1-0 success during the current hot streak and they have yet to concede on the road in this competition in 2020.

At Ewood Park, Alexander Mitrovic became the first player this season to score 20 league goals, via a smart turn and finish in the 65th minute.

Manager Scott Parker said of the striker: “I think he epitomised everything that needed to be done, which is roll your sleeves up, win a battle and put in the hard work.

“He did that and he deserved his goal. It was always going to be a game of limited opportunities, but when an opportunity came, we needed to take it – and it fell to Mitrovic, who put it in the net.

“We knew the challenge that was coming before kick-off and we stood up to that.”

The Cottagers were expected to be one of the best footballing teams in this division, but have also shown they can grind out victories in tight tussles.

Let’s go with 18/5 for an away win and under 2.5 goals in the game to complete our Millwall vs Fulham betting tips.

Additional stats

Last result:

MILLWALL 0-2 West Brom

Blackburn 0-1 FULHAM – Aleksandar Mitrovic

Head-to-head: Fulham 4-0 Millwall, Millwall 1-3 Fulham, Millwall 0-3 Fulham, Fulham 1-0 Millwall

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