Preview: Watford vs Millwall – Prediction, Team News, Lineups

Sports Mole reviews Monday’s match between Watford and Millwall, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Two promotion hopefuls meet in Vicarage Road on Boxing Day in a tournament when Millwall Take a short trip to Watford.

It will be Millwall’s first game in over two weeks after the fixture at Luton Town was called off last weekend.


Match preview

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Despite being off the pace of runaway leaders Norwich City and Sheffield United, Watford are well positioned for the play-off play-offs.

Slaven BilicThe national team sit comfortably in fourth place after picking up 17 points from a possible 24 on both sides in the short break for the FIFA World Cup.

His home form has been strong in recent weeks, especially in defence, conceding only once in his last four matches.

The Hornets are undefeated at Vicarage Road against their next opponents in their last six head-to-head meetings (five wins), and have kept four clean sheets.

However, Bilic lost 3-0 to Dean in the reverse fixture during his first few weeks in October, so he and his squad will be looking to rectify that.

a Tom Bradshaw A treble that day saw them push for success, but Millwall could find it a bit more difficult here.

Millwall's Jake Cooper on August 2, 2022© Reuters

Although they are just two points away from the play-off places with a game in hand, only Huddersfield Town have had fewer points on the road in the Championship this season.

Any continuation of the form that has seen them pick up just two wins from 11 away games could be what spoils their dream of promotion to the Premier League, especially given their home form alone would see them competing near automatic spots.

Gary RowettHis side have drawn three of their last four away matches, while keeping just one clean sheet from their previous 16 matches on their travels.

And the postponement of their game at Luton last week meant they lost a bit of ground in a very close battle for the play-offs.

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Team news

Hamza Chowdhury in action against Watford in August 2022.© Reuters

Hamza Chowdhury He will be out for at least another month after leaving Watford early against Hull City two weeks ago.

Keenan DavisAnd the Matthew Pollock And the James Morris They have all caught a virus and missed a few days of training this week, but Bilic expects to have roughly the same squad he had on hand against Huddersfield last week.

Tom CleverlyAnd the Imran Louza And the Courtney’s house Everyone is still out at Watford.

Millwall boss Rowett may be able to call services Ryan Leonard And the Benik Afobe Again after the duo missed the last few months due to injury.

However, the fitness Callum Styles The Hungarian international will be assessed as having missed his last match against Wigan Athletic.

Potential starting lineup for Watford:
pacman. Ngakia, Kabasele, Cathcart, Kamara; Sima, Bakuna, Dele Pachero, Joao Pedro, Sarr; Davis

Millwall possible starting lineup:
long; McNamara, Hutchinson, Cooper, Wallace; Mitchell, Saville, Fleming, Vogelsammer, Styles; Bradshaw


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We say: Watford 2-0 Millwall

The recent form and history between the two sides suggests that Watford should enjoy a relatively trouble-free victory.

However, Millwall have plenty to play for with play-off places within their reach, so despite some awful away form, expect a potential prospect.

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