Bristol City take on Millwall in the English Championship on Saturday afternoon with the home team looking to get back to winning ways and Millwall looking to win their first game of the season. After an impressive opening day victory over Barnsley, Bristol City have struggled to keep going, while Millwall haven’t really got going yet.
English Championship – Saturday 19th August / 15:00
Best Odd of: 19/20 at Ladbrokes
Best Odd of: 11/4 at Coral
Best Odd of: 3 at Betfred
With Millwall expected to struggle, they could really do with a victory to kick start their season but things aren’t going to be easy on the road away at Bristol. That may be tough for them, but they have to do something and do it quickly if they are to show us that they can survive in this league. It could be another long, tough afternoon for Millwall this weekend.
Bristol City Form
On the opening day, Bristol City were very good, beating Barnsley 3-1 in a game they controlled throughout. Since then they have drawn one and lost one, ands would love to get back to winning ways in this game. Four points from three games is good, but a win here will put them on seven points and they will be thrilled with their start.
Bristol City have spent a bit of money this summer and they broke their transfer record when they signed striker Famara Diedhiou for over £5 million. He has impressed so far this season and given Bristol a player they can work their play around. With him in the team they are sure to score goals and with six goals from their first three league games, as well as five goals in the League Cup, they are certainly doing something right so far.
Millwall have struggled so far this season and will be desperate to win their first game to install some confidence in the team. They have lost two and drawn one so far, so they do have one point but that isn’t enough to keep them out of the relegation zone.
One area Millwall need to improve is their defensive play, they have conceded six goals in their opening three games. Some teams may be able to cope with that, but with Millwall not scoring too many goals themselves, this isn’t acceptable and they need to improve on it.
Millwall were promoted from League One last season thanks to an effective style of play that revolved around Steve Morrison, their big striker. With many players capable of putting in a good cross, corner or free kick, they relied on Morrision’s height to get them goals. That won’t work in the Championship every single game and they really need to find a plan B is they are to survive in the league.
As I have already mentioned, Famara Diedhiou is vitally important for Bristol City and along with Bobby Reid they have provided a lot of attacking flair this season. Those two are going to remain key for City, as is their goal scoring which they need to keep up.
Millwall really need to find a plan B to their play if they are going to have any success this season. The direct play that got them promoted from League One will not always work in the Championship and they need to do more if they want to survive. Steve Morrison will continue to be key, but they need to find another way of scoring, starting as soon as possible.
Top Betting Tips
Bristol City have shown us that they have the ability to win games in this league, something that Millwall are yet to show. While I don’t think Bristol City are one of the top teams, they are good enough to win their fair share of games and I am going to back them to win this one.
Bristol City are available at evens to win the game with Coral and Stan James, a good price against a team who are yet to win and cam seemingly only play in one style. I think Bristol City will be able to defend against that style, and more importantly, find a way to score against the Millwall defence.
We are only three games into the season but Millwall already look like they are struggling to keep up with the other teams in the Championship. That is going to make this season a very long one for them and with another tough game against Bristol City coming up, they look likely to move to four games without a win.