Sky Bet League One preview: Millwall vs. Port Vale

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AIDEN O’Brien could come back into Neil Harris’ line-up as Millwall attempt to arrest a run of four successive home defeats when they face Port Vale in League One on Sunday.

O’Brien replaced Joe Martin in the 64th minute of the 2-0 Johnstone's Paint Trophy defeat to Oxford on Thursday night with Shane Ferguson dropping back to left-back.

Steve Morison, Lee Gregory and O’Brien have scored 30 times between them this season and against a side with the fifth best defensive record in the division Harris could decide to include all three to increase Millwall’s goal threat.

Harris refused to say whether there will be a change in goal following David Forde’s error against Oxford when he let Kemar Roofe’s cross in at the near post, but it would be a surprise were he to drop the 36-year-old Republic of Ireland international, who has been in good form recently.

Ed Upson could put pressure on Shaun Williams or Jimmy Abdou for a place in midfield, while Jed Wallace (pictured, above) will play his second successive game at The Den following a promising display on Thursday.

Port Vale boss Rob Page, meanwhile, told The Stoke Sentinel this week that he is pleased with the progress his side have made this season.

Defender Ryan Inniss is available again after injury, while veteran midfielder Michael Brown, who will turn 39 this month, could keep his place in midfield after featuring in Port Vale’s last two games. Those 1-0 wins over Bury and Blackpool leave them just a point behind Millwall in the league table.

“I will take those problems all day long because we are winning and have kept a clean sheet. It is up to the players that have been playing well to lose the jersey,” Page said.

“I have good characters in the squad that are pushing people in the team. They can't take their foot off the pedal because they know that, if they do, they run the risk of losing that jersey. It is a fantastic problem to have as a manager.”

Form guide (Last five fixtures):

Millwall: LWLWL

Port Vale: DLLWW

Sky Bet odds:

Millwall 17/20  Draw 5/2  Port Vale 16/5

Probable Millwall team:

4-4-2: Forde; Cummings, Webster, Beevers, Ferguson; Wallace, Abdou, Williams, O’Brien; Morison, Gregory.

Last meeting:

Sky Bet League One

September 15, 2015

Port Vale 0

Millwall 2

Beevers 58, Gregory 90 (pen).

John Kelly