Friday, January 28, 2011


Millwall - Barnsley

You all know that I am quite keen on this Millwall side and I feel they will get stronger in the next few weeks, providing there are no major moves out of the New Den and by that I mainly mean Steve Morison. Kenny Jackett continues to upgrade his squad and the addition of Arsenal youngster Craig Eastmond for the rest of the season looks good business, he is a former young Lion, so knows the set up and area well. I do not think he will take too long to settle in and I expect him to help shore up what looked a leaky defence at Leicester last weekend, in the midfield holding role. I am not too concerned about that performance to be honest, they lost 4-2 to a rapidly improving Foxes team, but they put two new defenders in the team, ended the match with ten men and missed a penalty with the scores tied. They were previously unbeaten in nine starts and with a free week under their belts they will not only strip fitter, but will also know each other a little better, a win tonight will take them right onto the playoff fringe and with a trip to highflying Norwich City next midweek, they will see three points here as vital if they are going to push for a post season spot.

Barnsley must surely come here a little jaded, they had to play a road Yorkshire derby game on Tuesday night and now have to travel down to the capital to play on Friday, their 9th start since Boxing Day, whilst the Lions have had a third consecutive free midweek and should be raring to get back on track. The Tykes did win that match earlier in the week, 2-0 at Doncaster, but that was a rare road win for them, ( seven away defeats already) and Rovers have lost their way, conceding 15 in five starts, so I would not read too much into that.

Millwall came on strong at this time of year last season, entering December in 10th place and ending in third, followed by a playoff win at Wembley. They will be planning a similar push, but need the three points tonight.

Millwall -0.75 2.08 +

Good Luck.

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