League One preview: Bradford City vs. Millwall

IF new signings Jed Wallace and Jake Cooper are included for this weekend’s League One clash with Bradford it will be the first time Lions boss Neil Harris has changed his match-day squad in seven games.

Wallace completed his loan move from Wolves on Thursday, with Millwall confirming later that they had also brought in centre-back Cooper from Reading until the end of the season.

Harris has named the same team for six successive games during which Millwall have remained unbeaten, and he outlined the criteria to consider before deciding on his starting XI at Valley Parade.

He said: “Is everyone contributing? Is everyone playing to their ability? It also depends on how the opposition play, what their strengths and weaknesses are.

“I also need to decide whether to freshen it up. Does someone look like they’re struggling in training? It’s all those kinds of things and if I feel the players are fit and it’s the right team then I’ll pick it again.

“I’m also aware of the fact that even if the games are Saturday to Saturday it’s still been a big ask for the players to go six games in a row.

“I have to consider all of that but I’m still mindful of the fact that we’re six unbeaten with that team.”

Millwall won 3-1 on their last visit to Bradford (above), the last time the Bantams lost at home in League One.

“They’ve got some really good players,” Harris said. “They’ll try to dominate possession and keep the ball, like Charlton to a certain extent. Bradford will be as good with the football.

“They’ll overload areas so we’ll have to defend really well, they pose an attacking threat. They’ve got some excellent players as we saw last year. The young lad (Josh) Cullen, who is on loan from West Ham, is a really good footballer.

“They’ve got a good make-up in their team, they’ve got a strong squad with a lot of options.

“We have to be mindful of their attack. I was really pleased with a clean sheet at the weekend against a wholehearted Charlton display that never really caused us any problems.

“Defensively we were sound and we have to be every bit as good with our shape and diligent defensively. We also have to be more clinical in the opponent’s box.

“It’s easy to say after not scoring but that’s the message for my players this weekend.”

Millwall are four points off the top six and six behind Bradford, but Bantams midfielder Nicky Law expects the Lions to challenge for a play-off place.

“I was driving in to training with Roz (Rory McArdle) and we were both talking about Millwall and Charlton being the ones outside the top six who will make a move,” Law told The Telegraph and Argus.

“Charlton have signed a fair few already and will probably bring in more. They've received good money for the young boy (Ademola Lookman) from Everton.

“I imagine they will be strong in the second half and I expect the same from Millwall. They've had a good run.

“Millwall were down the table at one point but they've pulled it back and aren't far off it now. They had a great win over Bournemouth in the FA Cup as well.

“But they are always a strong side and you expect that. I know they are going to be up there.

“You also look at other teams going well now like Southend and Fleetwood. It is difficult and that's why it is so important when you play each other.”

Millwall record against Bradford

Played 45

Won 18 Drawn 17 Lost 10

Form guide:

Bradford: DWWLW

Millwall: WWDWD

Probable Millwall team:

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

Match odds:

Bradford 13/10 Draw 23/10 Millwall 21/10

Image: Millwall FC 

John Kelly

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