League One preview: Millwall vs. Gillingham

MILLWALL boss Neil Harris could name the same side for the third successive game for the visit of Gillingham to The Den on Friday night.

Millwall reported no fresh injury concerns after their 2-0 win over Swindon on Boxing Day.

Defenders Shaun Cummings and Shaun Hutchinson started successive games for Millwall over the Christmas period after long absences and Harris could juggle his resources with two fixtures in four days against the Gills and AFC Wimbledon.

“Team selection will be based on a lot of games in a short period of time, we’ve another physical game coming up against Wimbledon on Monday,” Harris said.

“The boys have done well but the players that came out of the team will be chomping at the bit to get back in. There is a lot for me to consider.”

Gillingham won the corresponding fixture 3-0 last season when Jordan Archer was sent off in the first half.

Justin Edinburgh’s side had an outside chance of a top-six place before the last game of the campaign, but Millwall won 2-1 at Priestfield to end those hopes.

“Gillingham, as ever in this fixture, will be competitive and aggressive,” Harris said. “They play with real high energy and tempo.

“They had a really good six months of the season last year and then faded a little bit with injuries. A bit like us they’ve had some injuries to key players at the start of this season.

“They’ve got a lot of players back fit and have a settled side, which has coincided with them finding some consistency.

“They’re probably similar to ourselves, they’ve got a competitive squad and will be looking to have a decent second half to the season.

“They have players that can cause us problems and we have to make sure that we defend well and be a threat going forward, as ever.”

Gillingham are still without former Millwall attacker Lee Martin who broke his ankle in pre-season.

Josh Pask and Bradley Garmston are still out, while Chris Herd and Billy Knott are doubts.

This time last season Gillingham were just a point off Burton at the top of the table. They go into Friday’s clash four points behind Millwall in 16th place in League One, but a win over MK Dons and draw at Peterborough has boosted their confidence.

Edinburgh said: “We're gaining momentum and the belief is coming back,"

Millwall record against Gillingham:

Played: 98

Won 50 Drawn 21 Lost 27

Form guide:

Millwall: LLLWW

Gillingham: LWLWD

Probable Millwall team:

4-4-2: Archer; Cummings, Webster, Hutchinson, Craig; Onyedinma, Thompson, Williams, O’Brien; Gregory, Morison.

Sky Bet odds:

Millwall 17/20 Draw 13/5 Gillingham 16/5

John Kelly

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