Millwall have been on a dreadful run of form since the turn of the year and one pundit, in particular, believes Joe Edwards’ side will face further misery this weekend away at Coventry City.
The Lions picked up a 1-0 victory at Ashton Gate on New Year’s Day against Bristol City through a late Shaun Hutchinson winner two minutes into stoppage time. However, in the five games following their 2024 kick-starter, the London outfit have suffered four defeats and one draw, while being dumped out of the FA Cup by league leaders Leicester City in the process.
Edwards’ men travelled to the MKM Stadium last Saturday to take on promotion-chasers Hull City, eventually losing the bout 1-0 after a fifth-minute goal from Jaden Philogene. The more worrying aspect of the side’s performance was that Millwall recorded one shot on target during the match which came merely moments before the referee’s final whistle.
Millwall had been on an excellent run of form heading into 2024 but seem to have now taken a step backwards, sitting just five points above the relegation zone. Furthermore, only three teams have scored fewer goals than the Lions in the Championship this term.
Nevertheless, former Leeds United player David Prutton believes things will only get worse for Millwall when they visit the CBS Arena on Sunday afternoon. Writing in his weekly column for Sky Sports, the EFL expert has predicted a 2-0 win for Coventry City.
“That was a bit of a setback for Coventry last weekend. To take the lead in the second half at Norwich they probably would have been expecting to go on and win the game with the form they’re in. So to come away with nothing, have their unbeaten run end and get nudged out of the top six was a blow.
“Millwall have slipped a little of late but this is now a season of rebuilding and consolidation. They need to give Joe Edwards the time or there would have been no point in bringing him in for Gary Rowett. That being said, they don’t want to slip too much closer to the bottom three than they are now. But I think Coventry will take confidence from their FA Cup win in midweek and bounce back in the league.”
Queens Park Rangers are now unbeaten in three matches in England’s second tier and face Norwich City at Loftus Road on Saturday, with the Canaries possessing one of the worst away records in the division, meaning this could be a winnable fixture for Marti Cifuentes’ men.
Millwall needs to start getting points on the board. After an impressive run towards the end of 2023, Edwards’ side are slowly slipping back into an unwanted relegation battle and, worst-case scenario, could be only two points above the bottom three by the end of the gameweek.