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Match preview | Millwall v Nottingham Forest

23 August 2016

Lions aim to maintain unbeaten home run

Millwall boss Neil Harris was delighted at the manner in which his side responded to a heavy defeat at Peterborough United with a gutsy 2-1 win at home to Sheffield United - and now he wants more of the same tonight when The Lions look to book their place in the EFL Cup Third Round with victory against Nottingham Forest at The Den (7.45pm). 

Chopper admitted that his side looked 'tentative' and 'a bit nervous' at times during the first-half of Saturday's match with United, but was impressed with the way that his players stuck to the task in hand and ground out the three points thanks to Steve Morison's late penalty.

Saturday's victory extended The Lions' impressive unbeaten run on home soil to 11 games. Scunthorpe United were the last team to leave SE16 with a win in the bag way back in February this year.

Millwall, who this year are celebrating 50 years since the record-breaking 59-game unbeaten run at home, are enjoying something of a purple patch at The Den. Although still a significant way to go before getting anywhere near the 59 game mark, the weekend win over Sheffield United was The Lions' eighth in the last nine competitive matches on home soil. The only blemish on an otherwise perfect nine out of nine was the 1-1 Play-Off Semi-Final draw with Bradford City.

By comparison, this evening's opponents Nottingham Forest have had a mixed start to the new season, but did book their place in the EFL Cup Second Round with their only win on the road to date this season, a 2-1 success at Doncaster Rovers.

Philippe Montanier's side have already shipped 13 from six games and their only two League victories have come with an identical 4-3 scoreline against Burton Albion and most recently Wigan Athletic.

Whilst great entertainment for the neutral, the regularity with which his side are letting in goals - they are yet to keep a clean sheet this season - is alarming for the manager. In fact with the exception of a 0-0 draw at Rotherham, since recording a 1-0 success at Leeds United on 6th February this year, The Reds have conceded at least one goal in each of their 21 games thereafter.

If you fancy a flutter on tonight's game The Lions are priced at 23/20 to win with Sky Bet whilst the visitors are 23/10. You can get the draw at 12/5.

Shaun Williams, who scored The Lions' opener against Sheffield United last weekend, is 16/1 as first scorer, with Steve Morison 5/1 to repeat his feat of being the last goalscorer.

Lee Gregory and Aiden O'Brien were the only two Millwall players to score hat-tricks during the 2015/16 campaign against Plymouth and Crewe respectively, so will one of them hit a treble against Forest this evening? Sky Bet are offering 40/1 and 100/1 respectively, and 50/1 for Morison to bag his first ever hat-trick in a Millwall shirt.

Forest have won two games by a 4-3 margin this season and are 150/1 to repeat that, whilst The Lions are 100/1 to edge a seven goal thriller.

All the latest prices are available at Sky Bet.

Tickets are on sale right up until kick-off at 7.45pm, but if you are unable to get to the game this weekend, don't forget that all the action will be covered with full match commentary on Lions PlayerHD from 7.40pm. Updates are also available on the club's official Twitter account @MillwallFC.
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