Sky Bet League One preview: Millwall vs. Crewe Alexandra

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NEIL Harris could name the same starting XI for the third successive game as the Lions chase a fourth successive league win.

Millwall are sixth in League One and will be confident of consolidating their place in the play-off slots against a Crewe Alexandra side with a number of injury problems.

Harris has almost a full squad to choose from. Carlos Edwards will return to training next week, with Tony Craig the only other absentee.

Jed Wallace plays his fifth game since his 28-day loan from Wolves and Harris is hoping that Kenny Jackett will sanction an extension of that deal.

Crewe haven’t won since November but draws against Wigan and Bury in their last two games indicates they are far from giving up the fight as they attempt to claw back a seven-point deficit to Shrewsbury in 20th place.

They lost top scorer Ryan Colclough to Wigan this week and Lauri Dalla Valle, who scored in the 3-1 defeat to Millwall in September, is out until March.

Boss Steve Davis is also without the injured Billy Bingham, Ryan Wintle, Harry Davis and George Ray but is hopeful their last two results will give them confidence at The Den.

Davis told The Sentinel: "Before the Bury game, I told the lads the result could depend on how well they dealt with their front two in one-v-ones. They had to play with their brains and not with their hearts, and I thought they did that.

"It will be a similar game at Millwall, but we're looking forward to it. We go there on the back of a couple of decent results.

"We showed against Wigan we can play good football and create chances, and against Bury we showed the other side of our game when we dug in and battled our way to a good result."

Form guide (Last five league fixtures):

Millwall: WLWWW

Crewe: LLLDD

Millwall record versus Crewe:

W 11  D 9  L 12

Sky Bet match odds:

Millwall 4/11  Draw 19/5  Crewe 15/2

Probable Millwall team:

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

Last meeting:

League One, September 12, 2015

Crewe 1

Dalla Valle 36


O’Brien 21, 64, 74

Crewe: Garratt; Turton, Davis, Nugent, Kingsley; Fox (Wilson, 67), Atkinson, King, Inman; Dalla-Valle (Cooper, 80), Colclough.

Millwall: Archer; Edwards, Nelson (Webster, 51), Beevers, Craig; Onyedinma (Ferguson, 69), Williams, Abdou, Upson; Morison, O'Brien (Gregory, 84).

John Kelly