Sky Bet League One preview: Millwall vs. Colchester United

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MILLWALL will aim to make it nine games unbeaten in all competitions when they take on Colchester United at The Den on Saturday.

The U’s have conceded more goals than any of the 92 teams across England’s top four divisions and face a Millwall striking trio in rich goal-scoring form.

Aiden O’Brien, Lee Gregory and Steve Morison will feel confident of adding to their individual totals against a Colchester defence that has conceded 37 goals in League One this season, eight more than Barnsley, who have the next worst defence in the division.

Lions boss Neil Harris could have to plan without Carlos Edwards, who is still struggling with the tight hamstring that forced him off in the first half of the 5-3 win at Plymouth 11 days ago.

Sid Nelson replaced the 37-year-old at Home Park and is in the frame to start on Saturday, as is Jamaican international Shaun Cummings.

Byron Webster will continue his partnership with Mark Beevers in the centre of defence with Joe Martin, still unbeaten in eight competitive outings for Millwall, at left-back.

Harris has decisions to make in midfield with Fred Onyedinma and Shane Ferguson competing for a place on the flank with the returning Ed Upson.

Elsewhere there are no new fresh injury worries for Harris to contend with as Millwall seek to extend an unbeaten record at home to seven games since the 2-0 defeat to Southend on September 26.

Despite their difficulties keeping clean sheets, Colchester could pose problems for a Millwall defence missing captain Tony Craig.

They possess in Marvin Sordell a striker who was once touted as a future England international. The U’s have scored two more goals in the league than their hosts this weekend, and Harris highlighted the potential potency of their attack after watching their 3-1 defeat to Coventry last weekend with his assistant, Dave Livermore.

Colchester are likely to include former Lions player Matthew Briggs at left-back, but Owen Garvan, who was on loan at Millwall last year, is injured.

Boss Tony Humes may also have just two fit senior centre-backs available for the trip to The Den.

A win could propel Millwall into the top six in the Sky Bet League One table for the first time this season.

Form guide (Last five games):

Millwall: WWDWW

Colchester: WDLWL

Sky Bet odds:

Millwall 17/20  Draw 11/4  Colchester 3/1

Probable Millwall team:

4-4-2: Archer; Cummings, Webster, Beevers, J Martin; O’Brien, Williams, Saville, Ferguson; Gregory, Morison.

John Kelly

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