Millwall is in a really good form at the moment, coming from fourth consecutive game without defeat and a victory away from home against Reading with a 2:0 result last Saturday afternoon.
They weren’t set as favorites away to Reading, however the side proved to be simply way more concrete with the ball to their feet, against the home team that had more of the ball possession but looked quite clueless with it.
Guests were the ones who looked better and more concrete, probably deserving to take the lead already in the first halftime, but the goals came in second halftime within three minutes, in 70th via an own goal and a goal from Gregory three minutes later. Overall, Reading played bit better in second, once again having much more of the ball possession but without being decently threatening overall.
Millwall now stands at fourteenth position probably with their doubts about relegation troubles being removed since they have twelve points more than relegating placed Hull, however far below the play-off zone as well, having thirteen points less than sixth placed Bristol City heading towards rest of the season in a bit more relaxed way.
Forward Tim Cahill is not fit yet in order to play and should be involved in U23 matches in next couple of weeks before playing for the first team. Injured and sidelined should be central defender Byron Webster (10/0), left midfielder Shane Ferguson (22/0) and offensive Aiden O’Brien (26/4).
Cardiff, on the other side, comes from an impressive performance away to Leeds last Saturday afternoon as the side took convincing 1:4 three pointer showing their class and experience in the process.
They had a great start into the match, taking the lead already in ninth minute with a goal from Paterson, while the hosts tried to respond and had good chances too, more of the ball possession as well, however visitors were deadly serious with counters as the time progressed.
Hoilett doubled up the lead in 41st minute , while the hosts stood playing with a man less during the additional time in first halftime with guests increasing to 3:0 via Morrison in fifth minute of added time. It was all over for Leeds in that moment, but they continued fighting and reduced the deficit via an own goal in 54th, with guests sealing the final result in 88th with a goal from Pilkington.
The side is now currently sitting at fourth position with just three points less than second placed Derby and a game less played, meaning that they could level up and get back very actively in a fight for the direct promotion in case of a victory here.
Guests continue to miss injured four: central back Matthew Connolly (1/0), right back Lee Peltier (21/0), defensive midfielder Craig Bryson (13/1) and midfielder Aron Gunnarsson (12/0).
~ Cardiff have kept a clean sheet in 6 of their last 7 matches against Millwall.
~ Cardiff are undefeated in 10 of their last 11 matches against Millwall.
Hosts are surely in a good form, however their victories didn’t came against in-form and top class teams as their opponents are looking like these days. Draw can’t be excluded here and is definitely on the cards, but I can’t accept that the visitors are set as slight underdogs. Their defensive lineup is rock solid all season long and I definitely see them being closer to obtain all three points.