There is no love lost between Millwall and West Ham, with a heavy police presence at The Den on Saturday lunchtime to ensure that the match passes off without any trouble.
The teams met in the Carling Cup two seasons ago when the Lions came close to an upset at Upton Park before the Hammers ran out 3-1 winners in extra time.
West Ham make the short journey to south London feeling confident after winning all three of their away matches this season, narrowly beating Doncaster before emphatic victories against Watford and Nottingham Forest.
Sam Allardyce’s team are the 11/8 (bet365 – £200 free bets) favourites to continue their 100% record on the road, with the Hammers showing little ill effects from the sale of Scott Parker to Tottenham.
That is hardly a surprise when you consider that the manager has built an entirely different squad and Carlton Cole was once again on the scoresheet during the team’s 4-3 win over Portsmouth last weekend The former Chelsea forward has now scored in his last four matches and can be backed at 11/2 (Sky Bet – £35 free betting) to break the deadlock.
Millwall will be highly motivated for this contest and Kenny Jackett’s team enjoyed a bright start to their campaign, although the Lions are without a win in their last four Championship matches and the 3-0 defeat at Birmingham last Sunday will have hurt badly.
With a full house, perhaps the home side will produce a special performance and there are certainly worse 2/1 shots this weekend, with the West Ham defence not as watertight as Allardyce would have liked so far. Seven goals have been conceded in six games.
However, they are also full of goals on the road and there are odds of 66/1 with bet365 that the visitors win by a 4-0 scoreline.