Sky Bet League One preview: Millwall vs. Coventry City

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NEIL Harris could pick the same side that started with a win in their Sky Bet League One opener against Shrewsbury last weekend.

The Millwall boss made four changes for the League Cup defeat to Barnet, but David Forde should resume in goal in place of Jordan Archer.

Sid Nelson played out of position at right-back against Martin Allen’s side but Shaun Cummings will start on Saturday.

There has been some speculation surrounding the future of defender Mark Beevers, who has been linked with a move back north where he is from, but it is likely he will continue in his role at left-back this weekend with Joe Martin still out.

Beevers was impressive last weekend and the club have said he is currently a committed member of the squad.

Fred Onyedinma, who won the penalty on Tuesday night from which Steve Morison hit the crossbar, went off after taking a knock but should be fit to take his place in the starting line-up.

Jimmy Abdou is unlikely to return for the visit of the Sky Blues so Ed Upson will continue in midfield alongside Shaun Williams.

Harris, though, could have a tough decision to make who to play on the left side of midfield.

Paris Cowan-Hall added real incision against Barnet and combined well with Onyedinma and Lee Gregory. Harris has the option of starting the former Wycombe player on the right with Onyedinma switching to the left wing from where he set up Morison for the equaliser at Greenhous Meadow.

Up front Gregory will again partner Morison as the pair look to add to their combined three goals in two games so far this season.

Meanwhile Tony Mowbray is expecting a physical contest on Saturday but feels that centre-back Reda Johnson is equipped to deal with any long balls forward.

“It’s early season and every team wants to get up and running,” he said at Thursday’s pre-match press conference. “They beat Shrewsbury away from home which is a huge plus for them, they’re off the mark and they'll be thinking like we are – a win could send you top early doors.

“Their fans can create an intimidating atmosphere and your team have to stand up to it.

“I think it may be a similar start to the Rochdale game where we ride out a little bit of pressure and then we get the ball and move it. Hopefully Reda will help with the directness of some of the teams in this league and that’s why I was desperate to sign him.

“Reda can deal with the first ball better than most in this league. They’ve got some good players and it’s an opportunity for them to bounce back against us.”

Sky Bet match odds:

Millwall 6/5 Draw 23/10  Coventry 23/10

Probable Millwall team:

Forde; Cummings, Webster, Craig, Beevers; Onyedinma, Upson, Williams, Lee Martin; Gregory, Morison

John Kelly

(@jkelly1882)

20 thoughts on “Sky Bet League One preview: Millwall vs. Coventry City

  • August 14, 2015 at 09:21
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    “I think it may be a similar start to the Rochdale game where we ride out a little bit of pressure and then we get the ball and move it." It does seem most if not all teams have sussed out that 'Wall play with a high tempo and dominate for the first quarter of the game, opposition defend for their lives and then start moving up a gear on us. Bomber wants that sort of high tempo for 90 minutes, just got to watch Armstrong... Looking forward to tomorrow!

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    • August 14, 2015 at 11:20
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      rochdale game have i missed a game?

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  • August 14, 2015 at 10:06
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    Sounds like Mowbray is running scared first he thinks we're physical then he's worried about our fans. Who's he kidding about playing the ball around both his goals came from long balls. Coyl.

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    • August 14, 2015 at 10:16
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      @block 28: Hello block,the thing that worries me is if we play a high line with our back four,then the very speedy kid they have on loan from newcastle will have a field day running onto ball's put over the top into space,bearing in mind we now have a bigger pitch and our two CB's aint that quick.
      I just hope NH take's this into account when setting the team up,if as you say both their goal's came from long ball's.

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      • August 14, 2015 at 10:26
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        @jim1222: I'd tell Ferguson or Cummings to cover our centre backs that way there's always someone with a bit of pace. & our fans can scare the life out of there young striker. Will be in the blue as usual.

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        • August 14, 2015 at 15:25
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          @block 28: seems to me PP1 is getting a bit worried..never mind jim a lager should settle the nerves..lol

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