West Bromwich Albion Vs. Millwall F.C. – Match Preview
We’re back again at The Hawthorns to watch Moore’s Men as they battle with Neil Harris’s Lions, with both teams looking to salvage the 3 points after a rocky start from both outfits.
Millwall had a successful campaign last season finishing 8thand only missing the play offs by a minor 4 points. Their key player last season had to be the savvy midfielder George Saville who possessed good attacking play, collecting 10 goals. He’s certainly a spark in the side and a player Albion fans should keep an eye on as he could be the component to unlock and shutdown WBA’s attacking style of play.
Stats wise Millwall look an unflattering side but their hard working, tough and resilient attitude may ensure WBA find it hard to break them down if they do take the lead first. We can draw many comparisons to Bolton who on paper don’t look great but will put up a fighting performance when the match starts.
It’ll be a tough game for us, as I and many fans still hold question marks over the head of the back 3 and the midfield 2. In the air, we have the ability to stop all incoming crosses with tall defenders. We showed that against Stoke when they put in 44 crosses towards 6’7” Crouch, yet could only score from a terrific strike. My biggest worry is the passing play from the back. There’s a lack of composure there, especially in Johnstone and Bartley who fall culprit.
We sometimes put unnecessary pressure on ourselves and sitting in the Brummie you just want them to clear it away from goal to end the nail-biting experience. Perhaps a composed head and better footballing ability of Sam Field or Tosin Adarabioyo would calm the nerves at the back.
We all pray Brunty is on form, as he hasn’t looked at it yet this season. He’s good on the ball and has a fine pass but lacks the energy he once had which is a key component in maintaining and winning possession in the middle of the park.
This testing game could be difficult if WBA fail to score first as Millwall will be happy with taking anything away from this fixture and will sit deep to do so. Fail to break them down like we did against Bolton and it’ll be a frustrating game for the Baggies. Nevertheless, keeping faith I’m going with a 2-1 WBA win.
Writer - Max Jennings, TalkWBA