Two top half Championship teams will clash at The Den tomorrow as Millwall take on Middlesbrough.
The hosts are currently sitting in 10th position and are the ‘best of the rest’ so to speak, leading a cluster of teams on a similar amount of points to them whilst being six points behind ninth-placed Cardiff City.
And just above the Bluebirds you’ll find Middlesbrough, who are on 56 points and just five points off the play-off places.
Two straight convincing wins over Stoke City and Preston North End have pushed Neil Warnock’s outfit back closer to the top six, and with Reading slipping up against Birmingham it has brought the Teessiders back into the mix.
Going away from home tomorrow won’t bother them either, as they’ve picked up some good wins against the likes of Coventry and Reading recently so confidence will be very high.
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Millwall meanwhile succumbed to a QPR fightback in midweek – they were 2-0 up at half time but Mark Warburton’s men ended up 3-2 winners thanks to a late Jordy de Wijs goal.
There’s probably little chance of the Lions making the play-offs now, but Gary Rowett will be setting his team up for victory – Sky Sports’ EFL presenter David Prutton doesn’t think that will be the outcome though.
On the latest episode of Prutton’s Predictions, the former Leeds midfielder has tipped the match in Bermondsey to finish all square with a 1-1 scoreline, which would be a real dent to Boro’s slim top six hopes.
A draw isn’t helpful to either side’s slim play-off chances really, and it would almost certainly knock Millwall out of that race for good.
Boro have more of a realistic shout – it doesn’t take much for teams to lose a few on the spin and that’s exactly what could happen to Reading in sixth spot.
With players like Ashley Fletcher and Marcus Tavernier edging back to fitness, Middlesbrough have a strong hand to play and if you want a manager in this kind of situation in the Championship it’s definitely Neil Warnock, who won’t be happy with anything other than a win tomorrow.