Sky Bet League One preview: Millwall vs. Burton Albion


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CENTRE-FORWARD Lee Gregory and midfielder Chris Taylor could come back into the Millwall side for Monday night’s Sky Bet League One clash with Burton.

Both players started on the bench at Bradford on Saturday but came on in the second half with Millwall searching for a breakthrough goal.

Manager Neil Harris didn’t want to risk starting Gregory and Taylor with little over 48 hours to recover for tonight’s crucial fixture, and he confirmed there were no new concerns after the 1-0 defeat at Valley Parade.

“Nobody’s come off injured,” Harris said. “It might suit us better, with Lee Gregory and Chris Taylor fully fit and ready for selection.

“Obviously they were late inclusions (against Bradford) but their nature is they were desperate to be involved. There was a real doubt over both of them playing two games in three days.

"We don’t prioritise any fixture, we always want to win the next game. But there was a lack of training in them and the gamble was if they played and came off or got through a certain amount of minutes they wouldn’t be able to play again Monday."

Elsewhere, Harris could bring Carlos Edwards into his defence and has to decide between Ed Upson, Fred Onyedinma and Aiden O’Brien for a place in midfield.

Mark Beevers was sent off for a tackle on Burton goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin when the Brewers defeated Millwall 2-1 in Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s last match in charge on December 1.

Burton were disappointed to draw 0-0 at home against Oldham two days ago, but McLaughlin says his side won’t be intimidated as they look for a an improvement at The Den.

McLaughlin told Burton Mail: "We've done fantastically well, we are a very honest group of lads, we work incredibly hard and that's brought us the success we've had. So when we don't get those three points, like on Saturday, we are always looking for a reaction.

"And even if we do win a game and we don't play particularly well, that's how you've got to look at it – you've got to go into it knowing that those three points are vitally important, so that's exactly what we'll be doing tonight. We've never been overawed by our surroundings or by the history of a club.

"Everyone is in League One for a reason right now and there's no club that's too big for you not to go and play your brand of football and get at them."

Millwall record against Burton:

Played 1

Won 0  Drawn 0  Lost 1

Form guide (Last five league):

Millwall: DWDWL

Burton: DLWWD

Sky Bet odds:

Millwall 7/5  Draw 2/1  Blackpool 9/4

Probable Millwall team:

4-4-2: Archer; Romeo, Webster, Beevers, J Martin; Taylor, Thompson, Williams, Upson; Morison, Gregory.

Last meeting:

League One, December 1, 2015

Burton 2

McCrory 35, El Khayati 42

Millwall 1

Martin 75


Burton: McLaughlin; Edwards, Mousinho, Flanagan, McCrory; Naylor, O'Connor, Butcher; El Khayati (Akins, 93), Duffy, Beavon (Thiele, 49).

Millwall: Archer; Cummings (Upson, 89), Nelson, Beevers, J Martin; Onyedinma, Williams, Saville (Thompson, 45), Ferguson (Gregory, 45); Morison, O'Brien.