Date: August 9, 2014
Venue: The Den, London, England
Time: 15:00 BST
Millwall welcomes Leeds in the second game of the English League Championship tomorrow. Leeds finished midtable last season, while Millwall only finished four points off of relegation.
But it is Leeds who are going into this season with a lot of trouble – in April, new controversial owner Massimo Cellino took over, and he himself admits that Leeds is a “big mess”.
Cellino says Leeds can go back into the Premier League within two seasons, but he is coming under a lot of scrutiny for hiring unknown coach Dave Hockaday from a semi-pro team in England, and for signing 5 unknown players from Serie A.
Millwall, coached by the always entertaining Ian Holloway, will be fancying their chances to get off to a flying start against a club in trouble.
Leeds have played a variety of lower league teams in England during preseason. Their only major test came against Scottish side Dundee United, a game they won 2-0.
They have played all lower division sides during preseason – 2 from England and 1 from Spain. Their most impressive result came in that game against Spanish opposition, as they beat Mallorca 1-0.
Leeds United: Souleymane Doukara
Having controversially sold leading goalscorer Ross McCormack to Fulham for 11 million Euros, and subsequently strongly defending that decision, it will be help to owner Massimo Celino’s new signings to prove him right. One signing is Souleymane Doukara, a powerful striker on loan from Catania.
Millwall: David Forde
Millwall goalkeeper David Forde could be key to stopping the likes of Doukara and co. As with all potential relegation candidates, it is likely his team will come under a lot of pressure, and a good goalie can make the difference between a win and a loss.
Despite Leeds having more quality and being favorites going into this game, I think the controversy surrounding their team will harm them, and I don’t think the new players from Italy have had enough time to gel yet. Looking at Milwall to clinch this one, and you should look to get a Millwall win at 2.38 with bet365, the best odds that are on offer currently.