BEHIND ENEMY LINES: Brentford

MILLWALL see out 2019 with a London derby against Brentford at The Den.

The Lions are aiming to cement their place in the top half of the Championship table when they take on the form side in the division.

Lucas Ball spoke to Matt Davis-Skeggs ahead of the game.



Twitter: @davis_skeggs

Why do you support Brentford?

All my dad's side of the family grew up in Isleworth, Hounslow and have been big Bees supporters all their lives.



So when I was aged four I was taken down to Griffin Park and have supported the boys ever since.

What's been your favourite season following the Bees?

The best season has to be the year we got promoted from League One into the Championship. We went up automatically with Wolves a year after missing out on the last day.

And the worst?

The 2006-07 season seeing relegation from League One to League Two.

Brentford are one of the form sides in the league having won nine of their last 13 – what has been behind that run?

I think boss Thomas Frank allows the boys to play with confidence and try new things going forward.

Our counter-attacks have been deadly this season and Ollie Watkins has adapted brilliantly to playing up front, scoring goals and getting into positions of a proper No.9.

What did you make of Millwall's appointment of Gary Rowett?

If I'm totally honest, I don't pay too much attention to the workings of Millwall (funnily enough), although what I would say is since Gary Rowlett's appointment you appear to be getting some good results, which I hope stop on Sunday.

Will it be hard to keep hold of the likes of Watkins and Josh Dasilva in January?

I don't believe anyone will be leaving in January – although I think it will be very hard to hold on to Said Benrahma and Watkins come the end of the season.

It all depends on where we finish at the end of the season. Money always talks, so for the right price it may be hard to retain our best players.

If you could sign one Millwall player, who would it be and why?

I think Jed Wallace is certainly one who has been performing well recently – although I'm positive he's not good enough to fit into the Brentford set-up.

Who will be your key men on Sunday?

Bryan Mbuemo has been amazing recently.

And Pontus Jansson is a man mountain in defence.

But it's very hard to look past Watkins as the key man for Sunday.

What's your predicted Brentford starting XI?

It will very likely remain unchanged from our 3-1 Boxing Day win over Swansea.

4-3-3: Raya; Dalsgaard, Jansson, Pinnock, Henry; Jensen, Mokotjo, Dasilva; Mbeumo, Watkins, Benrahma.

Will you be at the game on Sunday?

I will indeed.

Finally, a score prediction?

3-1 Bees.

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