Sky Bet League One preview: Fleetwood Town vs. Millwall

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MILLWALL boss Neil Harris must decide whether to stick with the same side that beat Colchester 4-1 at the weekend or make changes with the Lions at Fleetwood tonight for the first of three Tuesday night fixtures in successive weeks.

Harris has no new injury concerns as Millwall look to make it 10 games unbeaten in all competitions.

Carlos Edwards was left out of last Saturday’s win with a tight hamstring and Harris could stick with Shaun Cummings, who he said was “outstanding” against the U’s, on the right side of the back four.

The Lions boss has hinted at making some changes for the clash against Steven Pressley’s side, who hammered Swindon Town 5-1 at Highbury Stadium last weekend.

Harris has preferred an attacking line-up, with Aiden O’Brien, Lee Gregory and Steve Morison all featuring in a run that has brought 12 goals in the last three games, but Ed Upson could be an option if a more conservative approach is required.

Fleetwood are in 18th place in the League One table after climbing out of the relegation places with that victory over the Robins.

Inconsistency has been a feature of their season, however, and since former Scotland international Pressley was appointed in early October they have lost 3-0 at Sheffield United but also beaten high-flying Burton Albion 4-0 at home.

Pressley said their win over Swindon was their most “complete” performance of the season but he is expecting a different challenge from the Lions tonight, the first ever meeting between the clubs.

He told Fleetwood’s official website: “We’ve spent the last couple of days analysing them.

“Millwall don’t play the game as pure as Swindon do, so the chance of pressurising the game so high becomes more difficult.

“So it presents a different type of game plan and a different type of strategy, and that’s what we’ve been looking at.

“Millwall are showing a great deal of consistency and haven’t been defeated in their last nine games in all competitions.

“They’ve got the second best away record in the league and are the third highest scorers away from home.

“They’re a really well organised side who are very experienced and play with confidence, but so should we after recent performances.”

Shane Ferguson, meanwhile, believes Millwall have the squad to cope with the current intense period of fixtures that also includes cup dates with Wycombe and Southend over the course of the next 14 days.

“All the lads are good professionals,” he said. “We’ll get a good recovery in and hopefully we’ll go get the three points.”

Form guide (Last five games):

Fleetwood: LLDLW

Millwall: WDWWW

Sky Bet odds:

Fleetwood 11/5  Draw 12/5  Millwall 6/5

Probable Millwall team:

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

John Kelly