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Championship | Gameweek 35
Mar 2, 2024 at 3pm UK
The Den
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1 - 0

Flemming (3')
McNamara (45'), Leonard (75'), Flemming (90+1')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Kayembe (1')

Preview: Millwall vs. Watford - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Saturday's Championship clash between Millwall and Watford, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Looking to fight their way out of trouble at the foot of the Championship standings, Millwall will welcome mid-table dwellers Watford to The Den on Saturday afternoon.

The Lions produced a standout performance and result at the home of Southampton last time out, while the Hornets were bested by Huddersfield Town at Vicarage Road.

Match preview

Gillingham manager Neil Harris before the match on April 18, 2023© Reuters

After just a two-month stint at League One outfit Cambridge United, Neil Harris packed his things at the Cledara Abbey Stadium and moved to his beloved Millwall to replace the departed Joe Edwards last week, and the 46-year-old enjoyed an ideal start to his latest managerial spell at The Den.

Opposing styles clashed on the South Coast last weekend as the Lions travelled to face Premier League-chasing Southampton at St Mary's, with goals from Japhet Tanganga and Zian Flemming - either side of a Che Adams's strike - enough to seal a much-needed three points for the visitors.

That shock victory over Russell Martin's Saints was Millwall's first maximum in the Championship since the 1-0 success at The Den versus David Wagner's Norwich City on December 29, with Saturday's hosts winning just four games in all competitions since the dismissal of Gary Rowett earlier in the campaign.

Despite six of the bottom eight in the second tier managing to collect three points last weekend, the Lions remain out of the drop zone in the league standings, currently sitting in 20th place, a single point above a 22nd-placed Stoke City side who are in crisis under the stewardship of Steven Schumacher.

Millwall strengthened at both ends of the pitch during the January transfer window in an attempt to ensure that their seven-year spell in the Championship does not come to an end in May, with centre-back Tanganga joining from Tottenham Hotspur, while Michael Obafemi and Adam Mayor were recruited from Burnley and Morecambe respectively.

Watford manager Valerien Ismael before the match on January 14, 2024© Reuters

The voice of Watford in the top-six conversation is close to being muted following the 2-1 loss at Vicarage Road to managerless Huddersfield last weekend, when a late Danny Ward brace was enough to cancel out Emmanuel Dennis's opener and secure all the points for the Terriers.

With only a one-goal success over League One-bound Rotherham United to the Hornets' name during their last seven Championship fixtures, head coach Valerien Ismael is receiving increasing levels of scrutiny from a fanbase who are accustomed to enjoying their side competing at the top of the division.

After collecting just three points from the last five second-tier fixtures, Watford have slumped down to 11th in the league standings, 11 points behind Liam Rosenior's sixth-placed Hull City, who have been massively boosted by the arrivals of Fabio Carvalho and Anass Zaroury during the January window.

Speaking of transfer activity, the Hornets' lack of business during the winter trading point has spoken volumes of where the club is positioned in the increasingly-competitive promotion race, with Hertfordshire outfit now closer to the bottom three than the playoff spots.

Despite not possessing the flair of Watford players of the past such as Ismailia Sarr and Joao Pedro, Danish target man Mileta Rajovic is having a commendable maiden campaign in England following his summer switch from Kalmar, with the 24-year-old bagging nine Championship goals in 31 appearances.

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Team News

Watford's Tom Dele Bashiru celebrates scoring their second goal on January 6, 2024© Reuters

Millwall remain without the services of their second-highest goalscorer as the season heads into March, with Kevin Nisbet still recovering from a hamstring injury.

The Lions are also missing centre-back Shaun Hutchinson, who suffered a calf strain in early February and has failed to feature since in the Championship.

Burnley loanee Obafemi was replaced during the half-time break at St Mary's last time out, meaning Tom Bradshaw could partner Dutchman Flemming up front at The Den.

Watford striker Vakoun Issouf Bayo remains on the sidelines due to a hamstring issue, so Rajovic and Dennis will continue to shoulder the goalscoring burden this weekend.

Edo Kayembe was forced off after just 27 minutes against Huddersfield, with Giorgi Chakvetadze likely to take his spot in the engine room on Saturday afternoon.

Ismael Kone was also substituted prior to the half-hour mark versus the Terriers, and the Canada international is not expected to start in the capital.

Millwall possible starting lineup:
Sarkic; Leonard, Tanganga, Cooper, McNamara; Honeyman, Mitchell, Saville, Longman; Bradshaw, Flemming

Watford possible starting lineup:
Hamer; Dele-Bashiru, Pollock, Hoedt, Lewis; Livermore, Asprilla, Chakvetadze, Ince, Sema; Dennis

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We say: Millwall 1-0 Watford

A sold-out Den will give returning coach Harris a resounding reception on Saturday afternoon, and we feel that a hostile home crowd could push Millwall towards victory.

Watford's season has stalled in recent weeks, and we are expecting another tough Championship contest for the Hornets this weekend in the capital.

For data analysis of the most likely results, scorelines and more for this match please click here.

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