The Championship swings back into action on Saturday lunchtime as Preston North End host Millwall in the early kick-off at 12:30. Below I take a look at the fixture and deliver two betting picks for this hotly-anticipated match.
Ryan Ledson and Alan Browne are both at risk of suspension having picked four yellow cards apiece already this season, but should feature here. Meanwhile Milutin Osmajić and Liam Millar went away with their countries over the international break but should return fully fit to partake in this one.
For Millwall, young star Romain Esse played for England’s U17s this week but should also return for his club, where he has featured prominently this campaign.
Preston North End are 13/10 to win this match, with a draw priced at 2/1. Millwall, the visitors, are the underdogs, at 2/1 to take all three points.
Preston North End to win @ 13/10
Preston started the season in electrifying fashion, but fell off the wagon before the international break. They were beaten by West Bromwich Albion 4-0, before losing to both Leicester City and Ipswich Town. But that run of three fixtures is about as tough as it gets in the Championship, and clearly the break came at the right time for Ryan Lowe’s men.
Leicester and Ipswich have been the two standout sides of the division so far, and already look as though they are cantering to the Premier League. There’s certainly no shame in losing in back-to-back games against those two, and the West Brom result felt like a one off. Preston are a good side this season and have shown excellent form at home. They should feel more comfortable against an unpredictable Millwall outfit who have won two, drawn two and lost two of their last six. I’m happy to side with PNE at this price.
Mads Frøkjær-Jensen to score anytime @ 4/1
Frøkjær-Jensen was a key member of the team when Preston enjoyed that phenomenal start but the creative midfielder was dropped from Lowe’s starting XI during the winning run. Last time out against Ipswich however, he started and subsequently scored his second goal of the season in an attacking role. If he is given the chance from the start here, he should be one of the major attacking threats on the pitch. The odds of 4/1 on him to score anytime and 9/1 on him to score first feel far too generous given how talented he is in the final third. If PNE go with a 3-4-3 system, he could be given even more freedom behind the number nine. I feel this is a good choice, if he is named in the starting XI.