Match Preview: Millwall

It’s an early kick-off at the Walkers this weekend for the visit of Millwall. Leicester’s stay at the top of the table may not have lasted due to international call-ups but the Foxes have the chance to briefly reclaim first place in League One thanks to the 13:00 start.

Previous Meetings
Matches against the Lions have proven profitable in recent years. The last encounter in 2005 may have ended in a 1-1 draw but prior to that the Foxes had won five in a row at home to Millwall. City put at least three goals past a succession of despairing Milwall keepers (Kasey Keller among them) on all but one of those occasions.

In all competitions Leicester have 14 wins, the Lions 10, and there have been a further 8 draws.

Reasons To Be Confident
Leicester City haven’t lost at home to Millwall since 1991. Millwall have failed to win at either Filbert Street or the Walkers Stadium in their last seven attempts, scoring just five and conceding 18.

Despite sitting in a respectable 7th place, Millwall have yet to record an away victory this season. The Lions managed five away victories in 2007/08, the 17th best (or 8th worst, depending how you look at it) away record in League One.

Andy King and Nicky Adams played the full 90 minutes in Wales U21’s 3-0 win in Romania, no doubt building confidence. With Aleksander Tunchev coming through International duty unscathed too, City have no additional injury worries.

Reasons To Be Worried
Leicester City are not early risers. They have performed poorly in early kick-offs for a number of years. In the last six seasons City have played 17 competitive fixtures before 15:00, wining only one. The Foxes have lost a staggering 12 of these matches, scoring nine and conceding a whopping 28.

Millwall arrive at the Walkers in good form. Following their opening day reverse they are undefeated in four, winning their last two. But for a late collapse against Oldham on the opening day when they turned a 73rd minute 3-1 advantage into a 4-3 defeat, this match might have been a battle for top spot.

Like Leicester, Millwall start matches strongly. If matches ended at half-time, Millwall would have exactly the same number of points as they have in reality – eight.

On This Day
Leicester hosted Tottenham Hotspur at Filbert Street in front of the Match Of The Day cameras and duly thumped their opponents 3-0. Steve Walsh, Emile Heskey and a thunderbolt from Steve Guppy gave City all three points. The result lifted City to 5th in the early 1997/98 Premiership table.

Selected Odds
Leicester – 8/13 (Bet365)
Draw – 11/4 (Sky Bet)
Millwall – 5/1 (Bet365)

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