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The tastiest derby in England could be a league fixture once again next season

For the first time in years, West Ham and Millwall may face each other home and away in the league

Prepare for the biggest battle since the Hunger Games.

Bitter-rivals West Ham United and Millwall coming head-to-head next season is suddenly a realistic prospect.

Millwall currently sit in eighth place in the Championship, just one point off the play-off spots with six games remaining.

‘When you see a group of West Ham fans’

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‘When you see a group of West Ham fans’

Neil Harris’ side were promoted from League One last season and were expected to struggle in the Championship.

The Lions have defied all the odds and have put together a remarkable run of form in 2018 and are currently unbeaten in 14 league games.


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Yesterday, Millwall came back from 2-1 down to rescue a 2-2 draw against Ipswich, keeping their play-off hopes alive in the process.

“No one likes us, we don’t care”

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“No one likes us, we don’t care”

Millwall have plenty of fixtures still to come against their play-off rivals, including clashes with Bristol City, Sheffield United, and Middlesbrough, leaving their fate very much in their own hands.

However, even if they fail in their promotion bid, there’s a chance England’s tastiest derby could take place in the Championship next season.

West Ham put some breathing space between themselves and relegation after their 3-0 victory against Southampton on Saturday.

You can just see this guy annoying Millwall fans next season

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You can just see this guy annoying Millwall fans next season

However, David Moyes’ side are by no means safe yet.

The Hammers face Chelsea, Arsenal and Man City in April and may have to rely on the likes of Stoke and Southampton continuing their woeful form.

West Ham and Millwall last faced each other in the Championship back in 2012.

Before that, when the rivals were drawn together in the League Cup at Upton Park in 2009, the match was marred by ugly scenes at the final whistle.

Fans in shocking green polo shirts invaded the pitch when the sides met in 2009

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Fans in shocking green polo shirts invaded the pitch when the sides met in 2009

West Ham won 3-1 after extra time after Millwall had taken the lead through their current manager, Neil Harris.

The final whistle was met with pitch invaders and disorder on the streets outside Upton Park, where a Millwall fan was stabbed and more than 20 people were left injured.

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Handbags

West Ham fans have been far from happy this season and haven’t been afraid to express their discontent towards the club’s board.

Perhaps the owners and fans might find a common enemy in Millwall next season, put their differences aside and unite together against them? No? Okay then…

‘Previously on The Walking Dead’

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‘Previously on The Walking Dead’

If West Ham fans can’t stop fighting themselves, just imagine the scenes when Millwall come to the London Stadium.

It’s safe to say that Twitter is also drooling at the prospect of the tasty clash…


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