Sky Bet League One preview: Millwall vs. Blackpool

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MILLWALL boss Neil Harris will have to plan without suspended left-back Joe Martin for the visit of Blackpool to The Den on Saturday.

Martin picked up his tenth yellow card of the season for a foul on Ryan Colclough in the 0-0 draw with Wigan on Tuesday and will be banned for two games.

That could mean Shane Ferguson dropping into the back four with Shaun Williams or Aiden O’Brien restored to the starting XI. Ed Upson could also be an option if he has fully recovered from a hamstring strain, while Fred Onyedinma has been in good form for the U21s recently.

Blackpool this week signed 20-year-old midfielder Liam Smith on loan from Newcastle for the rest of the season.

They are without suspended full-back David Ferguson for the fixture as they look for what would be just a third win away from home in 17 league games this season.

On-loan Liverpool defender Lloyd Jones is available for the first time since suffering an ankle and knee injury in September.

Blackpool last won away from home on December 12, but that was at Wigan and they have also drawn at Walsall and beaten Gillingham at Bloomfield Road since then.

Despite sitting fourth last in the Sky Bet League One table, two points from safety, their relative resilience is demonstrated by the fact that they haven’t lost by more than one goal since a 4-2 defeat to Barnsley on December 28.

They drew 1-1 at Chesterfield on Tuesday night and Danny Philliskirk, who has scored four goals in ten games since joining from Oldham in January, says Saturday’s clash is the first of “12 cup finals” for his side between now and the end of the season.

Philliskirk told Blackpool's official website: '“We want to go to Millwall on Saturday, give a good account of ourselves like we did on Tuesday and hopefully get the three points.”

“There’ll be times this season when people write us off and we end up picking points up so we’ve just got to concentrate on ourselves.

“We’ve got 12 cup finals, if we can win half or more we should be OK.”

Millwall record against Blackpool:

Played 47

Won 14   Drawn 17   Lost 16

Form guide (Last five league):

Millwall: WLWDD

Blackpool: LDLLD

Sky Bet odds:

Millwall 4/6  Draw 13/5  Blackpool 9/2

Probable Millwall team:

4-4-2: Archer; Romeo, Webster, Beevers, Ferguson; Wallace, Abdou, Williams, Thompson; Morison, Gregory.

Last meeting:

League One, October 20, 2015

Blackpool 1 (Redshaw, 82 pen)

Millwall 1 (Beevers 35)

Teams:

Blackpool: Doyle; White, Robertson, Aldred, Ferguson; Cameron (Osayi-Samuel, 45), Norris, Potts, McAlister (Rivers, 68); Cullen (Thomas, 68), Redshaw.

Millwall: Archer; Edwards, Craig, Beevers, J Martin; O'Brien, Saville, Williams (Thompson, 50) Ferguson (Cummings, 83); Morison, Gregory (Onyedinma, 63).

John Kelly

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