LIAM Trotter believes a seven-day break over Christmas will allow Millwall's players to stay match fit during the busy festive period.
The Lions' Boxing Day clash against Brighton has been brought forward to Tuesday night – meaning Trotter and his teammates will be recuperating whilst other teams are playing on December 26.
Kenny Jackett's side face Barnsley at The Den on Saturday but do not play again until the following weekend, when they travel to promotion-chasing Cardiff City.
And while Jackett has revealed his disappointment at the date of the Seagulls clash being changed, Trotter says Millwall's extra time off could give them an advantage over their Championship rivals.
"I think it will be a benefit for us," he said. "It's hectic around Christmas – while Boxing Day games are great for the fans, the schedule is a little bit ridiculous.
"We have to play five times in the space of eight or nine days. The quality of the games won't be as good because the lads will be tired.
"Having the game moved is a bonus for us because it gives a break until we play again. It breaks it up for us nicely and we'll be hoping to use that time to our advantage.
"I think we've got Christmas Day off at the moment , so hopefully if we play well on Tuesday it will stay that way!"
Brighton won the reverse fixture at The Den in September and are the first team Millwall face for the second time this season, but Trotter says a lot has changed since the two sides' first encounter.
"It was a tough game but I didn't think they were particularly the better team," he said. "They took both of their chances well. In the end it was a comfortably victory for them.
"We'll be going there full of confidence. We're in a much better league position than we were then. Our form and their form has changed around."
Trotter is also drawing inspiration from the Lions' 2-2 draw at the Amex Stadium last campaign. He added: "I think we produced one of our best performances of last season when we went there.
"We completely outplayed them and were very, very unfortunate not to get the three points. So we'll be looking to do that again."