Sky Bet League One preview: Millwall vs. Fleetwood Town

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JIMMY Abdou should make his first start in six games for Millwall with Shaun Williams suspended after his red card at Coventry at the weekend.

Striker Lee Gregory is a doubt to make Neil Harris’ starting XI. If Gregory is out Steve Morison and Aiden O’Brien will continue their partnership up front.

Millwall have lost just once at home in the league in 2016, and with Barnsley hosting Peterborough and just three points adrift, Harris’ side need a win to move closer to securing a play-off spot.

Fleetwood are just two points above the relegation zone, but are on a five-game unbeaten run, though four of them have been draws.

They haven’t won on the road since a 2-1 victory at Coventry in February, but Millwall don’t hold any fear for manager Steven Pressley, who saw his side deservedly defeat the Lions 2-1 in November.

“Millwall are a side who currently sit in the play-off places so it shows the enormity of the task ahead of us (Tuesday) evening,” Pressley told the club’s website.

“I’ve said this before, though, that we don’t really have a fear of anybody. We genuinely believe if we play to our levels then we can win the game.

“We gave an excellent performance against them at home and have to look to not only emulate that but improve on it. That’s what we’ll set out to do.

“They’re a very physical team who are direct in their approach but do it very well. They ask questions of you in terms of the basics of football.

“If we don’t do the basics well tomorrow then they’ll punish us, and that’s one thing we’ll be stressing to them. We have to do those basics exceptionally well.

“My players are extremely confident at the moment because we’ve played well now over a period of time. Our performances are not that of a team in our position.”

Fleetwood centre-back Jon Davis has travelled with the squad after recovering from an ankle injury.

Millwall record against Fleetwood:

Played 1

Won 0  Drawn 0  Lost 1

Form guide (Last five league):

Millwall: LWDWL

Fleetwood: DDWDD

Sky Bet odds:

Millwall 17/20  Draw 5/2  Fleetwood 100/30

Probable Millwall team:

4-4-2: Archer; Romeo, Webster, Beevers, J Martin; Taylor, Thompson, Abdou, Ferguson; Morison, O’Brien.

Last meeting:

League One, November 24, 2015

Fleetwood 2 Jonsson 65, Grant 89

Millwall 1 Webster 94


Fleetwood: Maxwell; McLaughlin (Grant, 85), Pond, Davis, Bell; Ryan, Jónsson, Sarcevic; Ball (Proctor, 83), Henen, Fosu-Henry (Hornby-Forbes, 77)

Millwall: Archer; Cummings, Webster, Beevers, J Martin; O'Brien, Williams, Saville (Onyedinma, 80), Ferguson (Upson, 63); Gregory, Morison.

John Kelly