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Championship betting team guide: Millwall

by Sean Goff | August 10, 2012
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NO ONE LIKES US: Millwall will be all out to defy their 50/1 Championship odds

Millwall

Manager: Kenny Jackett

Ins: Scott Malone (undisclosed amount), Karleigh Osborne (free transfer), Maik Taylor (free transfer), Chris Taylor (free transfer)

Outs: Tony Craig (undisclosed amount), Josh McQuoid (undisclosed amount), Ryan Allsop (free transfer), Chris Hackett (free transfer), Hameur Bouazza (free transfer), Jake Gallagher (released), Jordan Stewart (released), Connor McLaren (released)

Strengths: London 2012. No, Millwall are not competing in any events at the biggest sporting extravaganza on earth. Instead, Millwall gaffer Kenny Jackett believes that the success of Team GB at the Games can inspire his own stars to emulate their athletic heroes. Jackett beamed:

We’ll see if it inspires our players. It’s been a topic of conversation recently. It’s been inspiring and if it inspires our players over the next few weeks that’ll be fantastic.” Keep an eye out to see whether the legacy of London 2012 lives through Millwall then.

Weaknesses: The attack-minded approach. You know the old saying, the one that goes along the lines of “you’ll never win a football match without scoring goals”. Well, you’re also likely to struggle if you have a defence full of holes. By the end of last season, the Lions had scored 55 goals but had conceded 57.

Plug the gaps at the back, while continuing to dominate up front, and Millwall could find themselves climbing up the Championship in no time.

Last season’s performance: It was a case of second-season syndrome for Millwall in the Championship last term, when they went from fighting for the play-offs in 2010/11 to barely breaking free from a gruelling relegation scrap 12 months later. What does the third season in the second tier hold for the Lions?

If they were a celebrity: Charlie Sheen. One word can describe both of them to a tee in recent times – unpredictable. Plus they both have ugly sides when they get angry.

You might not have known: Ever wondered why Millwall have blue tones in their home kits? No, it’s not just a love of the colour. It is in honour of the club’s founders, who were all dock workers from the chilly coasts of Scotland.

Championship title odds: 50/1

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