7.45pm: Millwall v Luton – Draw
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This fixture sees a meeting between two sides that have enjoyed solid starts to the season and find themselves in the playoff picture at this early stage of the season, although that could easily change in the coming weeks. Luton, who narrowly avoided relegation last season, are more likely to fall away as the season wears on but they will be thankful that they have already made a head start in their bid to stay in the Championship.
Their three wins have come against teams that have struggled badly at the start of the season – Derby, Barnsley and Wycombe have recorded just one win and five points between them so far this year – but they are still games that Luton had to win.
Millwall, on the other hand, have proved hard to beat but have struggled to win matches in their opening five games. The Lions have won twice, beating lowly Rotherham and Wycombe, but were held in both of their home games by Stoke and Brentford, while they lost at Swansea. In other words, they have failed to beat the teams that are likely to finish near the top of the table.
Both sides are pretty tough to beat – Luton have lost just three times in their last 17 league games while Millwall have lost four times in the same period – and we should see an even contest as a result.
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Norwich have endured a pretty lacklustre return to Championship life following their relegation last season and it could have been a lot worse had they not snatched a late victory against Rotherham on Saturday.
That stoppage-time winner must have felt very familiar for Norwich since late goals became a hallmark of their 2018/19 promotion campaign and Daniel Farke will hope that it was a sign of things to come. But they will need to improve drastically if they want to repeat their promotion heroics from two seasons ago. Norwich have failed to win both of their home games in the league this season and they will need to put that right as soon as possible if they are to enter the promotion picture. They have an excellent chance to do so against a Birmingham side that has failed to win since the opening day of the season.
Birmingham, under Aitor Karanka, will never set the world alight and they are already struggling to score goals and win games – a worrying side for a side that has flirted with relegation in recent seasons.
Viewed entirely in the context of this season, their four-game winless run is poor, but viewed in the wider context of last season it is deeply troubling. Birmingham have won just won of their last 19 league games and that shocking run of form could get even worse by 10pm on Tuesday.
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