Our prediction for this Championship match:
Saturday’s football game at the Den pits together Millwall and Blackpool, the two teams who are almost level on points in the Championship standings. Millwall have yet to find their best form, and their defeat to QPR was their fourth loss in the previous five league fixtures. All Shaun Hutchinson, Ryan Leonard, and Mason Bennett remain in the recovery room, while Benik Afobe is pushing for a place in the starting XI.
The Seasiders, on the other hand, experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 3-0 loss to Rotherham United. Blackpool are eager to return to winning ways as soon as possible, and seeing that both sides will go for a victory in Saturday’s clash, we are tempted to put our money on both teams to score. The likes of Kevin Stewart, Lewis Fiorini, Keshi Anderson, and Jake Beesley are sidelined with injuries, speaking of the away side.
Highlighted Player (Benik Afobe):
Benik Afobe is a 183-cm-tall striker who plays for Bournemouth. Afobe is a product of Arsenal youth academy, but he did not make his first-team debut with the Gunners. After spending several seasons on loan at Huddersfield Town, Reading, Bolton, Millwall, Sheffield Wednesday and Milton Keynes Dons, Afobe signed a three-and-a-half-year contract with Wolverhampton on 14 January, 2015.
The pacey attacker scored 22 goals in 46 appearances for Wolves and, as a result, Bournmouth chiefs decided to sign him on 10 January, 2016. Benik scored 4 goals in 12 appearances for the Cherries in the 2015/2016 Premier League campaign and, no doubt, he helped the team secure the top flight survival.
It has to be noted that Afobe won the UEFA European Under-17 Championship with England back in 2010. The former Wolves attacker was born in Leyton, England on 12 February, 1993. Benik Afobe is capable of playing as a secondary striker as well.
Highlighted Team (Blackpool):
Blackpool FC are a professional English club based in Blackpool, Lancashire. Considering that Blackpool is a seaside town, it is no surprise they are nicknamed the Seasiders. Founded back in 1887, the club play their home matches at Bloomfield Road, which can hold up to 17,338 spectators. In the 2009/2010 season Blackpool secured promotion to the Premier League, but they were not competitive at this level, suffering relegation to the Championship the following season.
The club’s biggest success, though, came in 1953 when they defeated Bolton Wanderers 4-3 in the FA Cup final. Blackpool are well known for their orange shirts, but the dominant colour of their away kit is white. Preston are considered the club’s biggest rivals, with the two teams facing each other in the West Lancashire derby.
Charlie Adam, who played for Liverpool and has 26 caps for Scotland national team, is regarded as one of the club’s most notable players.