Return of the Matt: Millwall Preview

Written by Josh Donaghy

Last Time Out Rangers travelled to Bedfordshire to take on Luton Town at Kenilworth Road in what was a much-improved performance against the hatters who are fighting for their championship status in the relegation battle. Rangers fell behind on 20 minutes, after Ryan Manning committed a foul on James Bree and James Collins subsequently sent Joe Lumley the wrong way and converted from the spot. Into the second half and Rangers Responded, Great work by Eze to Feed Bright Osayi Samuel down the left and for him to pull it back for Dom Ball to slot in his first goal in a Rangers Shirt a beautifully crafted move from the R’s in the end Rangers and Luton had to settle for a point each but a much improved second half performance from the R’s encourages me to believe we can build on that in the latter stages of our season. The hoops welcome Millwall to The Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium on Saturday and the Lions will be looking to keep the pressure on Cardiff who sit in 6th, the final play-off spot, with a win on Saturday. Millwall have been revitalised ever since Gary Rowett took over and from what was going to be a long hard season for Millwall has suddenly turned into possibly a dream end to the season for them. One thing is for certain Millwall are not pushovers and will fight with every bit of energy they have in the tank which may lead to a difficult afternoon for QPR.

QPR as we know drew last time out against Luton Town, and will be looking to double over Millwall after the last time we met we were victorious courtesy of Two Nahki Wells goals at the den to secure a 2-1 win over the Lions. Rangers will unfortunately be without Angel Rangel who suffered a torn Achilles in the draw with Luton, which will require surgery. Lee Wallace returned from injury as a unused substitute but the main talking will be if Jordan Hugill will be fit in time for the game against Millwall after missing Sheffield Wednesday and Luton, Mark Warburton has said he has returned to training and could be available which will give a much-needed boost in our striking department.

Millwall defeated fellow play off chasers Blackburn Rovers by a goal to nil courtesy of a Mason Bennett goal after 20 minutes Played. Millwall have won 3 of their past 5 games and also accumulated 10 points from 15 demonstrating they mean business in the play-off race. Millwall will be without the inform Aiden O’Brien due to Injury but still have a dangerous playmaker in Jed Wallace in their ranks who has had an outstanding campaign this term. Jon Dadi Bodvarsson could make a return after recovering from a knee injury while we could come up against a former Rangers striker In Matt Smith, other than that Millwall have a fully fit squad at their disposal for the trip to west London.
It’s been a difficult restart for QPR and an end of season which could have been so much more but we have to accept it won’t be and gear up for what could be a long hard season next year, the rest of this season should be playing for pride and the badge on the shirt and looking already to what could be a dismantled squad come the start of the next season. Millwall have started playing more attractive football under Rowett and a side to be reckoned with, and of course have something to play for if they weren’t already up for this game enough, Rangers will be looking to halt that progress and with it being a London Derby we have bragging rights to play for. It’ll be a gruelling, fierce and battling game to the which I am looking forward to though I can’t call a winner in this one.

My Prediction; QPR 1-1 Millwall

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