Sky Sports EFL expert David Prutton has issued his prediction on Millwall’s trip to Pride Park to face Derby County on Saturday, forecasting the game to finish as a 1-1 draw.
Former Rams boss Gary Rowett has only been back to Pride Park with his new club Millwall once, a 1-0 win in December 2019, but arrives this weekend looking to bounce back from a disappointing defeat to Blackburn Rovers last weekend.
The Lions produced a dismal display and were comprehensively beaten by Blackburn, a result that leaves a fairly unassailable 12-point gap between them and the top six.
Derby are battling at the other end of the table but produced a spirited performance to end Barnsley’s seven-game winning run in midweek in a goalless draw.
On the Sky Sports website, Prutton has predicted that the Rams will share the points again tomorrow and forecasted a 1-1 draw between the two sides.
That result could see Millwall drop 14 points back from the top six, surely halting their play-off hopes for good this season, while Derby’s cushion over the relegation zone could be closed to just five points.
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Given the recent form of both sides, Prutton’s prediction makes a lot of sense.
Both sides have lacked fluency in front of goal this term, which suggests it is likely to be a low scoring affair, while Millwall have proven draw specialists with 16 already in the Championship.
Rowett returning to Pride Park could make this a more interesting affair, though you feel he’ll be keen to avoid defeat to his former side, which could make the game ever cagier.