Our prediction for this Championship match:
Preston and Millwall go head to head at Deepdale in what is expected to be a close encounter. The Lilywhites quickly bounced back from a 1-0 loss to Cardiff City, with the team recording back-to-back wins over QPR and Huddersfield in the previous two league fixtures. Preston regained a much-needed confidence, but the midweek game against Milwall will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts.
Ireland international Alan Browne scored a brace in the victory over Huddersfield Town, meaning that the opposition defenders should have him at bay. The Lions, on the other hand, are undefeated in the previous three league fixtures. The capital club failed to turn their dominance into victory in a 1-1 draw with Barnsley, but given their current form, we predict that the visitors are going to grab something from the Deepdale showdown.
Highlighted Player (Alan Browne):
Alan Browne is a Republic of Ireland international who plays for Preston North End as a central midfielder. Born in Cork on April 15, 1999, Browne began his youth career at Ringmahon Rangers, but he soon moved to his hometown club Cork City.
Despite being part of the Cork City senior team, he did not enjoy first-team football with the Rebel Army. On January 1, 2014 Alan Browne signed a deal with Preston North End in the League One and one year later he helped the Lilywhites beat Preston in the play-off final and secure promotion to the Championship.
The 179-cm-tall midfielder has established himself as a first-team regular at Preston and it has to be noted that he played for the Ireland national team in the past as well. Alan Browne made his Republic of Ireland debut on February 6, 2017 in a friendly game against Mexico.
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).