League One preview: Millwall vs. Oldham Athletic

MILLWALL captain Tony Craig looks set to partner Byron Webster in the centre of the Lions’ defence with Shaun Hutchison struggling to recover from the hamstring strain that forced him off against Brentford last weekend.

With Joe Martin unlikely to be risked after playing just 45 minutes in pre-season, Northern Ireland international Shane Ferguson should start at left-back.

Midfielder Ben Thompson also went off against the Bees after taking a kick to the calf, but he has trained this week and is in contention to start against the Latics. If the 20-year-old is fit to play, Harris must choose between Jimmy Abdou and Shaun Williams for the other midfield place.

Harris said: “Ben was more of a caution, it was just a kick. It was like a dead calf and he could have carried on, but there is no need to take any risks at this stage. It worked out quite well that him and Jimmy got 45 minutes each (against Brentford).

“Joe was really good, but a little bit rusty as you’d expect for a first 45 minutes of football. It was good to see him back out there and he could have played for 60 minutes but there’s no point taking the risk with him and he can join in training this week. It’s been good to have Joe back in the group, he’s a really good professional and a good trainer.

“As to whether he has any involvement this Saturday, it’s unlikely. We’ll have to look at how he gets on in the next seven days, training-wise. There could be an option to use Joe (at Barnet). The U21s travel to play Sheffield Wednesday next week so that’s not ideal to send players all that way to get minutes.”

Oldham appointed their fourth boss in a year when former Motherwell and Northern Ireland assistant manager Steve Robinson took the reins in early July.

Oldham had been hoping to name former Leeds United boss Steve Evans, but instead opted to give Robinson, 41, his first job as a manager in senior football. He is assisted by Ian Baraclough, whom he assisted at Motherwell.

John Sheridan, who took over from David Dunn after the former Blackburn midfielder was sacked following the 2-1 defeat to Millwall in January, guided the club from the relegation zone to safety but he left in May for Notts County.

Oldham have signed 15 players so far this summer but are one of the favourites to be relegated from League One.

Millwall record against Oldham:

Played 64

Won 27  Drawn 20  Lost  17

Probable Millwall team:

Millwall: 4-4-2: Archer; Romeo, Webster, Craig, Ferguson; Worrall, Thompson, Williams, O’Brien; Gregory, Morison.

Match odds:

Millwall 4/6  Draw 13/5  Oldham 9/2

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