Millwall’s players will be hoping to showcase the work they have done on the training field with their new manager Gary Rowett as they look to take the bragging rights in Saturday’s south London derby.
Currently 17th in the Championship standings, a win for the Lions could move them up one place in the table ahead of Blackburn Rovers, slightly easing their relegation fears.
There will be an added incentive for the squad following last week’s disappointing 2-1 defeat to Reading at the Madejski Stadium, as the players will want to set the record straight.
Having an excellent record against Charlton over the past twenty-three years which has not seen them lose a game to their rivals from SE7. Millwall have a sizeable psychological advantage going into the derby.
The Addicks on the other hand are on a slump of their own in the Championship, having not won any of their previous three in the league, most recently suffering a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Preston at The Valley last Sunday.
Not having Lyle Taylor back fit from a knee injury is also a blow going into the clash in SE16 for Charlton, as the 29-year-old was expected to return to the match-day squad, but has since suffered another setback in his recovery.
In his Sky Sports prediction, EFL pundit David Prutton has predicted that Millwall will add yet more misery for Charlton in this fixture, going for the home side to win by one goal to nil.
The history of this fixture will have a bearing on the game, as it hands added pressure on Charlton to end their dismal run against their rivals.
It seems right that Prutton would opt for Millwall, as the home side boast an impressive home record at The Den, only losing one of their seven home games in the Championship.