Having won promotion via the League One play-offs last term, many expected Millwall’s goal this season to simply be Championship survival.
But with 12 games remaining, the Lions have an outside shot at securing another play-off berth.
Form and fixtures
They’re joint-top of the form table alongside Cardiff City, in the last five games. The Bermondsey outfit have taken 13 points in the period, pulling off a 1-0 win at Burton Albion last time out.
As it stands, they’re seven points off the play-off spots. But Neil Harris’ men do have the benefit of a rather kind run-in. None of their next six games are against sides in the top half, and they face four of the bottom six before the middle of April.
Striking stars and team spirit
That means Lee Gregory is likely to continue his impressive form. The former Halifax Town striker has scored in four of his last seven league outings.
But this isn’t a team of stars. It’s been a case of everyone chipping in. Thirteen different players have found the net in the Championship this term – including four in the last three games.
At the other end, they’ve got one of the league’s most fearsome centre-back pairings. The towering Shaun Hutchinson and Jake Cooper have built a superb understanding. And it’s paying dividends, with five clean sheets in the last six games.
They’re the backbone of a 4-4-2 system the Lions have played all season. And after a patchy start to the campaign, it’s all clicked together since New Year.
Especially so out wide, with the likes of Aiden O’Brien, Fred Onyedinma and Jed Wallace all creating plenty of chances.
They’ve done it before…
If they’re in the mix come the end of the season, Lions fans can also take heart from the fact this squad is packed with promotion-winning pedigree.
Many of last season’s side are still at The Den. And the likes of Gregory, Tom Elliott and Steve Morison also have previous experience of winning promotion.
As it stands, there’s a sizeable 80/1 on offer for Millwall to win Promotion.
This weekend sees the Lions take on bottom club Sunderland at the Den. A Millwall victory at 8/13 could see those odds shorten, especially if sides above them continue to drop points.
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