Defences could boss Saturday's League One clash at the Macron Stadium.
Bolton v Millwall - Saturday 15:00
They say imitation is the best form of flattery and Neil Harris could barely conceal his admiration for Bolton’s resolute defending at the New Den a month ago, so expect him to reciprocate with a solid rearguard display this time around. Take the 12/5 available on the draw and go the whole hog with a bet on no goalscorer at 9/1.
Goals from Sammy Ameobi (three minutes after kick-off) and David Wheater (three minutes from the end) secured a thoroughly professional 2-0 win for Phil Parkinson’s men in the capital, the 84 minutes in between was largely withstanding wave after wave of Millwall attacks without really giving them a real sniff of goal.
However, the Lions have smartened up their act since then, getting key players back from injury to win five successive matches, and they will fancy their chances of matching the Whites this time around, despite giving up home advantage. With the top six in their sights again, consolidation ought to be the name of the game and avoiding defeat is imperative.
The Londoners managed only their second clean sheet of the season at home to ten-man Bristol Rovers last weekend but the heavier pitches over the winter months should bring the best out of them defensively. This will be the fifth meeting between Parkinson and Harris in 2016. It’s currently two wins apiece and it might just stay that way.