The Baggies host Millwall this weekend, with the hosts classed as favourites for the tie, despite being below the visitors in the league table. Millwall were unbeaten against West Brom last season, winning 2-1 at home and drawing this exact fixture 0-0.
Almost every game that the Baggies have played in this season has guaranteed entertainment and plenty of goals at both ends of the field. The best way to describe Carlos Corberan’s West Brom, is to compare their approach to a tennis match, with back and forth transitions galore. They are currently in 15th place after seven games and we have witnessed 23 goals go in over those fixtures. The Baggies cannot seem to control a game, which really hinders their chance of dominance in any tie. That said, their only two victories have come at home which gives them an advantage on Saturday.
Last time out, they visited Watford and manged to claim a point, as they drew the game 2-2. West Brom conceded just three minutes after the first whistle but they were able to equalise around ten minutes later thanks to John Swift, who continued his fine form in front of goal. Just two minutes later, the Baggies took the lead via Jed Wallace, however the hosts made it 2-2 in the 23rd minute. The first half perfectly summed up West Brom’s season.
The Lions sit in 11th place in the Championship table after picking up ten points from their opening seven games. On the road, Millwall have struggled for consistency, yet their most recent away game saw them frustrate a very good Brimingham side to a 1-1 draw, even though they were dominated. This fighting spirit and determination will be vital for the Lions this season and especially this weekend.
At the start of the season, we typically saw Millwall games end up low scoring, with three 1-0’s occurring in the opening four games, but in the last week, they have featured in a 3-0 win and a 3-0 loss. After suffering a 3-0 defeat to Leeds last weekend, Gary Rowett’s side bounced back in the midweek fixture against struggling Rotherham. They dominated the tie with every attacking statistic going in their favour and they even looked to have fixed their slight goalscoring problem. Zian Flemming scored and he will be a handful this weekend also.
In theory, this game should see goals and I expect both teams to get on the scoresheet. With both sides being inconsistent, it is difficult to predict what version of each team we will witness, but I believe that the visitors may just steal it.
The final prediction is West Brom 1-2 Millwall.