Our prediction for this Championship match:
Burnley play host to Millwall at their Turf Moor on day 7 of the new Championship campaign. The Clarets rolled over Wigan Athletic 5-1 in their last league match, with the team putting an end to their four-game winless run, but they need to keep on making progress if they are to return to the Premier League. Jay Rodriguez, who found the net in the crushing of the Latics, will be the man to keep an eye on in the home team, while Ian Maatsen misses out through suspension.
Both Scott Twine and Ashley Westwood are sidelined with injuries, while Kevin Long is a major doubt. The Lions, on the other hand, have recorded only one win in the process to date. The capital club failed to impress in back-to-back losses to Norwich City and Reading, and given Burnley’s display in the triumph over Wigan, we predict that the visitors are going to return to London empty-handed. Mason Bennett should miss out with injury for the visiting side.
Highlighted Player (Jay Rodríguez):
Having progressed through the youth ranks of his hometown club Burnley, Jay Rodriguez was rewarded with a professional debut against Bristol City in December 2007 as an 18-year-old boy. It wasn’t until the 2008/09 season when he began to show glimpses of proper promise for the Clarets, however.
With 15 goals and six assists in 37 Championship outings in 2011/12 campaign, Jay Rodriguez caught the eye of several Premier League clubs and it was Southampton who pounced for his signature in a £7 million deal. Six goals and eight assist in his debut Premier League season were followed by a breakthrough record of 15 goals and three assists in 33 matches of the 2013/14 campaign.
An unfortunate cruciate ligament injury sustained in April 2014 halted his progress as he sat through the entire 2014/15 season. It did not prevent West Bromwich Albion from making a move for Rodriguez in 2017, making him the first signing of the summer transfer window, worth a reported £12 million. The WBA forward features only once for England U21 in 2011 and made a single senior appearance – in a 2-0 defeat to Chile in November 2013.
Highlighted Team (Millwall):
Based in Bermonsdey, South East London, Millwall are a football club whose supporters have often been associated with hooliganism. West Ham United are considered the club’s biggest rivals and there have always been fireworks in clashes between the two teams.
The Lions share rivalry with Charlton as well and the two teams first met back in 1921. The Den is Milwall’s home ground at the capacity of the stadium, which was opened in 1993, is 20.146.
The capital club did well to make it to the 2003/2004 FA Cup final, but Premier League giants Manchester United proved to be a big catch for the Lions. The Red Devils won the game 3-0, but despite suffering the heavy loss in the title game, Milwall booked their place in the UEFA Cup. However, Ferencvaros of Hungary proved to be a big catch for the English outfit in the two-legged tie.
Australia international Tim Cahill is considered one of the most notable footballers who whore Millwall shirt (1998-2004).