Our prediction for this Championship match:
Vicarage Road will host a Boxing Day clash between Watford and Millwall, the two promotion-chasing teams. Watford are eyeing a top-two finish, while Millwall’s main goal is to make it to the playoffs. The Hornets did well to beat Huddersfield on the road on Matchday 23, with Joao Pedro scoring a brace, and, no doubt, the Brazil forward will make life difficult for the Lions defenders as well.
All Hamza Choudhury, Kortney Hause, Daniel Gosling, Imran Louza, and Tom Cleverley should miss out with injuries for the home team. The capital club, on the other hand, are two points behind the playoffs berth, but given their poor away record in the 2022/2023 season (2-3-6), we do not believe that they are going to grab something from the Boxing Day showdown. All Callum Styles, Benik Afobe, and Ryan Leonard are sidelined through injuries for the away team.
Highlighted Player (Joao Pedro):
Joao Pedro played for Atletico Mineiro during his youth career and he made no less than 11 appearances for the club at senior level. The Brazilian footballer, who was born on 9 March, 1992 in Ipatinga, signed a deal with Palermo on 30 August, 2010 and he made his debut for the Sicilian outfit in the Serie A on 17 January, 2011.
He came as a substitute to replace Josip Ilicic in a 3-1 defeat to Cagliari. On 29 January, 2011 he joined Vitoria Guimaraes on loan and on 19 August he was loaned to Penarol of Uruguay. After ending his loan spell with the Uruguayan team, the Brazilian midfielder joined Santos and he played 10 games for the Brazilian team.
On 1 July he signed a contract with Estoril and he moved to Cagliari at the end of the season. Joao Pedro has 11 caps for Brazil U17 and he scored one goal for the national team.
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).