The View From The Opposition: Southend United

FOR the second successive Saturday, Millwall drew 1-1 at The Den last weekend, this time against Coventry City.

The relatively short trip to Southend United is next up. Chris Phillips from the Southend Echo spoke to NewsAtDen for The View From The Opposition.

Name: Chris Phillips

Twitter: @cjphillips1982

What made you become a Southend fan?: My dad!

Southend have had an indifferent start to the season and currently sit in the bottom four, despite an incredible 3-0 win at Sheffield United – how has the campaign begun?: It's been very frustrating and disappointing so far, if I'm honest. Last season ended with five successive defeats and the bad run has continued into the new campaign as well.

Things haven't been going well for Southend for quite some time now – I worked out the other day we had taken just 17 points from the last 72 on offer. At the moment, confidence is very low and it's quite hard to remain upbeat about it all. As it stands, Southend will definitely be in a relegation fight this season.

Millwall, meanwhile, have lost just once in the league and occupy a play-off spot – is that where you expected them to be? How do you see the Lions faring in 2016-17?: I tipped Millwall for promotion at the start of the season, so I'm quite surprised to see them doing well, because that's normally the kiss of death for teams!

I certainly expect them to be up there again this season, as they impressed against Southend last year and have a lot of good players. I always keep an eye out for Millwall's results and would love to see them do well this season, mainly because of Neil Harris and David Worrall. Neil is someone I've known for quite some time and is a top man, while I've got a lot of time for David as well, so it would be great if they did well this season – just not on Saturday!

Which Shrimpers will Millwall have to keep an eye on on Saturday? Likewise, which Lions do you feel Phil Brown will have to watch out for? David Worrall has started his Millwall career well…: Without wanting to sound too unkind, I wouldn't really say there were too many Southend players in form at the moment.

Stephen McLaughlin, who is a winger, has scored three times already this season and should return to the starting line-up on Saturday after recovering from a knee injury. He's been doing okay, but Southend don't really provide much of a threat going forward at the moment.

In terms of Millwall, I think there will be a lot of attention on David Worrall this weekend. He was very good for Southend and was always popular with the fans. He was excellent during our promotion season and it was disappointing to see him leave. It's not a surprise to hear he's doing well for Millwall and it's good to hear, because he's someone I always enjoy talking to.

Finally, a score prediction?: Unfortunately, I think a draw is probably the best Blues can hope for, so I'll say Southend United 1-1 Millwall.

Mark Litchfield