There is no love lost between these sides (or their fans) but the three points will be the most important thing on Saturday in this early kick-off.
Leeds are in fifth place, nine points and 12 places ahead of the visitors. They have won three out of the last four matches but perhaps crucially all of those wins have been away from Elland Road. The Yorkshire side have the best away record in the Championship but only the 13th best record on home soil. They are best-priced at 21/20 (Victor Chandler – £75 free bets) but have not won at home for over two months.
The demanding crowd can sometimes heap pressure on Simon Grayson’s men but in the first home fixture since the tragic death of Leeds hero Gary Speed, we expect the atmosphere to spur them on. Millwall’s best hope may be to hold on for a draw (13/5 – bet365) as taking all three points looks beyond them. They are rated a 3/1 shot (Ladbrokes – £50 free betting) but we feel this is too low for a side with just one away win all season.
The Lions did beat the Whites 2-0 at Elland Road in 2010 (in League One) but overall have a poor record when travelling north. Leeds have won four of their last five league matches against Saturday’s visitors at home and this looks the most likely outcome once more.
Millwall got a great result last time out, beating Doncaster 3-2 but will struggle to contain the firepower of the West Yorkshire side. They have a decent defensive record but United have plenty of players who can score. Ross McCormack is 6/4 (Betfred) to score anytime and with 11 for the season looks a good bet. Robert Snodgrass is another in the goals recently – he has five thus far and is rated a 7/2 shot to find the target again.
The home side’s poor record in front of their fans could be the levelling factor in this one. One thing is for certain though, it will be a fiery and passionate affair. If you think the result is too close to call, how about betting on a red card to be shown?