Preston North End vs MillwallEngland Championship, KO: 12:30 Oct 21, 2023, Deepdale
Preston North End will be looking to snap a poor run of results as they welcome Millwall to Deepdale for a Championship fixture on Saturday. Both teams have struggled defensively lately and should produce goals in this one.
The international break could not have come at a better time for Preston North End as their campaign appears to be spiralling out of control. They are currently winless in four matches, losing the last three in that run.
The nature of the results will also be troubling to manager Ryan Lowe as Preston North End have conceded at least three goals in each of their defeats, including 4-2 by Ipswich Town last time out. However, It is a testament to their solid overall start to the season that they are still third on the standings.
Having been on the road in their last two matches, Preston North End will be looking to use the home crowd as a spark on Saturday. They have won four of their last five Championship matches at Deepdale but were beaten 4-0 by West Brom in their previous home fixture.
Millwall went into the international break off the back of a 2-2 draw with Hull City in their previous Championship fixture. An early effort from Duncan Watmore was cancelled out by a quick-fire double from the visitors before Joe Bryan struck the equaliser after the restart.
While things are not exactly spiralling like with Preston North End, it has mostly been an erratic campaign for Millwall so far. Gary Rowett’s men have won just two of their last seven matches and are currently in the bottom half of the table.
The problem for Millwall is that they have been plagued by draws this season having been held in two of their last three away matches. However, they did claim a 2-0 victory at Plymouth Argyle in their previous Championship fixture on the road.
How the bookies view it
Preston North End have the upper hand among the bookies and are priced 11/8 by William Hill to claim the win. A victory for Millwall is valued at 11/5 by Coral while Unibet is also offering odds of 11/5 for a draw.
Head to head
Millwall have a 14-12 advantage with seven draws from 33 previous matches against Preston North End. The Lions also did the double last season, winning 4-2 at Deepdale before picking up a 2-0 victory in the reverse fixture back in April.
Players to watch
Preston North End’s struggles have coincided with a goal drought from Will Keane, who has failed to find the net in the last three matches. The forward is still the top scorer for the hosts with four goals and is priced at 12/5 by bet365 to spark a resurgence on Saturday.
While Millwall have spread their goals across the team this season, Zian Flemming could be worth keeping an eye on having scored two goals so far. The attacker found the net four times across two meetings with Preston North End last season, including a hat-trick at Deepdale and is priced at 11/4 by bet365 to maintain his scoring run.
Anything else catch the eye?
Preston North End and Millwall have shown little defensive solidity this season and having produced over 3.5 at Deepdale last season, a repeat could be on the cards at 7/2 with Unibet. Over 2.5 goals could also be considered at 13/10 by Unibet while William Hill is offering odds of 10/11 on both teams to score.
Both teams have had some late showings in recent weeks, so the second half could be tipped to produce the most goals at 6/5 with Paddy Power.
This England Championship match between Preston North End and Millwall will be played on Oct 21, 2023 and kick off at 12:30. Check below for our tipsters best Preston North End vs Millwall prediction. You may also visit our dedicated betting previews section for the most up to date previews.