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Southampton vs Millwall predictions: Saints to tame Lions on home turf
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Russell Martin has seen Southampton lose two of their last three games in the Championship
Russell Martin has seen Southampton lose two of their last three games in the Championship

- Southampton have won nine of their last 10 at home, keeping seven clean sheets
- Millwall have failed to score in four of their previous seven away games
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Southampton to win to zero

After losing 2-1 to Hull City in midweek, Southampton will look to get their automatic promotion bid back on track when they entertain Millwall at St Mary's on Saturday in the Championship.

Russell Martin's side handed Leeds and Ipswich the advantage in the promotion race and are fourth ahead of kick-off, but they will feel confident of picking up another three points when they host the Lions.

Millwall's board sacked Joe Edwards in midweek and rehired Neil Harris after he left his role at Cambridge United to return to The Den. Supporters will hope he can guide them away from the drop zone, but he could not have been handed a tougher first assignment.

Team news

Martin may make changes to his starting XI to get a response after the defeat to Hull, with the likes of Che Adams, David Brooks, Ryan Fraser and Joe Aribo all pushing to start.

Midfielder Flynn Downes is available again after injury and is also expected to return to the teamsheet.

Harris has had very little time to adapt to his new players, so any drastic changes may not come until later in the month.

The trio of Brooke Norton-Cuffy, George Saville and Ryan Longman are all waiting in the wings to start should they be given the opportunity.

The stats

Southampton have won the last three meetings between the two clubs, keeping a clean sheet in the first fixture back in November this season.

Martin's side have only lost two of their last 15 games at home, winning 12 of those encounters at St Mary's. They have also kept seven clean sheets in their previous 10 games on home soil.

Millwall are winless in eight, losing seven of those matches, and they will hope for a fresh start under Harris, especially after they failed to trouble the scoresheet in four of those defeats.


Southampton dominated proceedings against Hull but they were undone by some defensive errors under pressure, but Millwall are not at the same level as the Tigers.

While Hull have a superb chance of finishing in the top six, Millwall will do well to avoid relegation at this rate, but the return of Harris may be just what they need to climb the standings.

Harris knows the club inside and out after his previous stint in charge, but he has not had long enough to work with the current squad. Millwall have been poor in front of goal for the last few weeks, and they should fall short against a rampant Southampton side.

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