David Prutton has predicted Millwall’s miserable home run to continue when Watford visit The Den on Tuesday night.
Gary Rowett’s men have won just two of their 14 matches in SE16 this term – with one of those coming against League Two Cheltenham in the early rounds of the Carabao Cup.
On Saturday, the Lions crashed out of the FA Cup after they were comfortably beaten by Bristol City at The Den, and desperately need three points later this evening to ease any relegation fears.
Millwall head into the clash with the Hornets nine points above the danger-zone, but Rowett’s team have managed just six Championship victories all season.
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Meanwhile, Watford are going great guns under the guidance of Xisco and following four victories from his five Championship matches, have moved back into automatic promotion contention.
And with second-placed Swansea City not in action until Wednesday, simply avoiding defeat at The Den would be enough to send the Hornets into the top-two for the first time all season, but Xisco’s team will no doubt be targeting maximum points in South London.
However, despite Watford generally struggling on the road for the majority of this season, Prutton expects the Vicarage Road outfit to leave the capital with three points here.
He told Sky Sports:
“The Den is usually such an intimidating place for teams to visit, yet without fans Millwall have found it difficult to kill off games this season. Their last home win came all the way back in October, which is something of a worry.
“What may stand them in good stead on Tuesday is Watford’s struggles on the road; they had won just two of their 11 league games away from Vicarage Road before last week’s win at Stoke. They do, however, appear to have settled well under Xisco Munoz, so I’m backing the visitors to edge it.”
Millwall have been traditionally strong at home in recent seasons, so it’s unfamiliar territory for the Lions to be struggling at The Den.
But after some of their wretched recent home performances, I expect a response here, and believe Rowett’s side will avoid defeat here – which would represent a good nights work.