Millwall welcome Sunderland to the Den this weekend, where they will look to turn around their poor form. The Black Cats picked up four points versus the Lions last season, with this exact fixture ending 1-1.
Bar a 4-0 win away to Sheffield Wednesday two match days ago, Joe Edwards has failed to inspire his side and the reoccurring issues are yet to be addressed. Unfortunately for the Millwall faithful, the poor performances put their side in 19th on 20 points. The Lions actually boast a respectable defensive record, conceding just 25 goals in 18 matches, but they’ve also only scored 20, with attacking being their biggest downfall.
This was evident in the 3-1 defeat to Ipswich this week. Millwall were two goals down within 12 minutes and the score was 3-0 by half-time. Despite being three goals behind, they didn’t show much intent, registering two shots in the entire second half.
Tony Mowbray’s side have struggled for consistency so far this season, winning eight, drawing two, and losing eight. This is most likely due to the lack of experienced in the squad, with Sunderland fielding an average age of 22.6 last time out. The youthful side are not short on confidence, and they score 1.56 goals per game on average. Impressively, the Black Cats also concede only 1.17 on average per ninety minutes.
Last time out, Sunderland suffered a 2-1 defeat at home to Huddersfield. The hosts completely dominated the visitors, but they were undone on the break, with poor finishing ultimately deciding the tie.
The game being at the Den should be an advantage for the home team, but they actually have the third worst home record in the league. Sunderland will view this as a game to return to winning ways and they may just steal all three points.
The final prediction is Millwall 0-2 Sunderland.