Millwall has faced difficulties this season, losing most of their league matches at home. Southampton, on the other hand, has shown strong first-half performances in their recent league games.
After a shaky start in the Championship, Millwall’s manager Gary Rowett was let go, and they now face a challenging home match against an in-form Southampton team. Despite finishing at the bottom of the Premier League last season, Southampton, under Russell Martin, has found their form and moved into the top six.
This presents a tough challenge for Millwall, who have struggled at home, losing four fixtures this season. Additionally, they are yet to appoint a permanent replacement for Rowett.
Millwall is currently searching for a new manager. Unfortunately, they have some players out with injuries, including Shaun Hutchinson, Matija Sarkic, Joe Bryan, Duncan Watmore, and Ryan Leonard.
Kevin Nisbet made a comeback in the recent draw against Watford. On the other hand, Southampton is missing Jack Stephens, Ross Stewart, and Juan Larios due to injuries. Ryan Manning, who was suspended, returned to play in the weekend’s victory over Birmingham.
Round 15, 04 November 2023
Millwall recently tied four out of their last seven league games. In the first half of their last four Championship matches, both teams managed to score. Out of Millwall’s five league losses this season, four of them occurred on their home turf. In six of Southampton’s seven league victories this season, both teams scored. Southampton has gained 14 points from the last 18 available in the Championship. Additionally, Southampton has been leading at half-time in five of their last six league matches.
In the early weeks of Russell Martin’s tenure, Southampton had difficulty balancing attack and defense, resulting in a 4-4 draw against Norwich, a 5-0 loss to Sunderland, and a 4-1 defeat to league leaders Leicester at St Mary’s.
However, their recent performances have been more solid, and they are likely to continue their seven-match unbeaten streak with a win against Millwall at The Den. Southampton has consistently started matches strongly, leading at halftime in five of their last six league games, winning four of them. The only exception was a 2-1 victory over Hull, where they scored the opening goal in the 20th minute.
Millwall’s recent defensive struggles, with at least two goals conceded in four of their last six league matches, could make it tough for them to hold off Southampton’s strong attacking team. Betting on Southampton to be in the lead at both half-time and full-time seems like an appealing choice.