MILLWALL made it back-to-back home league wins on Boxing Day, as a Lee Gregory double downed Swindon Town at The Den.
This Friday night, the Lions have the chance to make it a trio of victories as they sign off 2016 by hosting local rivals Gillingham. Gills fan and Ladies' Team Media Communications Officer Julian Hart provides The View From The Opposition.
Name: Julian Hart
What made you support Gillingham?: Gillingham are my local team. My dad took me to my first game in my early teens and I've been hooked ever since. I'm now in a fortunate position where I get to work with the club and get to watch every game home and away!
The Gills sit neither here nor there in the League One table going into the New Year, but have a shout of the play-offs – is that the aim?: At the start of the season, with the squad Gillingham have, all fans were expectant of a high finish this season. The start to the season was good – one defeat in the opening five league games and an EFL Cup win over Premier League side Watford – but Gills have been stuttering since.
One league win in September and October saw the club fall behind. A recent recovery has seen Gills go from looking over their shoulder to sitting smack bang in the middle of the table.
How do you view Millwall's chances of an instant return to the end-of-season lottery, too?: Millwall have a strong squad and will expect to be in a promotion contest this season. But, as the league has shown so far, there's nothing you can expect as it's such a closely contested pack. The second half of the season could see anyone move up into the play-off places, as currently nine points separate 12 teams.
Which Gillingham players are most likely to cause the Lions problems on Friday night? And which Millwall men will give you the most worries?: Bradley Dack has hit a bit of form after a niggly-injury pestered his start to the season. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas has been a thorn in many teams' sides this season as our top goal-scorer.
The Lions' forward combination of Steve Morison and Lee Gregory will cause our defence a few issues at The Den.
Finally, a score prediction?: Gills pulled a well-earned point out of the Boxing Day game away at Peterborough United after going 1-0 down; I think Millwall will be more of a stretch and can see a home win – not quite like last season's festive visit to The Den for the Gills! Millwall 2-0 Gillingham.