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Championship preview: Millwall vs. Burton Albion

MILLWALL boss Neil Harris wants his side to produce the same levels of intensity this weekend that they did when they defeated some of the big guns in the Championship this season.

The Lions have beaten Norwich, Leeds, Reading and Birmingham at home – but lost to Barnsley in one of their worst performances of the season at The Den.

Burton Albion, as expected, have struggled this season, but Harris wants his side to approach the game the same way they would a fixture against some of the division’s heavier hitters.

“It’s a massive game between two teams widely tipped to be in and around the bottom three by the majority of people,” Harris said. “That’s not embarrassing to say, that’s just reality.

“We’ve had some really good victories against established Championship sides in Leeds, Norwich, Reading and Birmingham, but we came unstuck against Barnsley because we gave away poor goals.

“We need to make sure that on the back of two big games against Cardiff and Sheffield Wednesday we’ve got the same intensity, quality and desire against Burton that we’ve had in previous games.”

Tony Craig could make his first league start of the season in place of the suspended Jake Cooper.

Harris has to decide who his front two will be, with Tom Elliott pressing his claims to keep his place after a goal at Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday, the first from a Millwall striker away from home this season.

Lee Gregory and Steve Morison were rested for that fixture before coming on late, while Aiden O’Brien could also be recalled.

Burton defender Kyle McFadzean broke his nose in Burton’s 4-2 defeat at home to Barnsley on Tuesday and is a doubt.

John Brayford is out and Joe Mason and Will Miller are injury doubts.

Burton have yet to win away in the Championship this season. Millwall’s four victories have all been at The Den.

Form guide

Millwall: LLWDL

Burton: LDLLL

Millwall record against Burton Albion

Played 2

Won 1 Drew 0 Lost 1

Possible teams

Millwall: 4-4-2: Archer; McLaughlin, Hutchinson, Craig, Meredith; Wallace, Tunnicliffe, Saville, O’Brien; Gregory, Morison.

Burton Albion: 4-2-3-1: Bywater; Naylor, McFadzean, Turner, Flanagan; Murphy, Allen; Scannell, Lund Sordell; Akins.

Match odds

Millwall 8/13 Draw 14/5 Burton 9/2

Image: Millwall FC 

John Kelly

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