League One preview: Millwall vs. Oxford United

JAKE Cooper will start in the centre of defence for Millwall if Shaun Hutchinson fails to recover from a rib injury.

Hutchinson was substituted at half-time in the 1-0 defeat at Fleetwood Town on Monday after falling awkwardly.

Lions captain Tony Craig is still struggling with a dead leg that has resulted in swelling near his knee, affecting his mobility.

Jordan Archer has been on the bench for the last two games after recovering from a quad problem, but Millwall boss Neil Harris may continue with Tom King in goal.

Millwall know two wins in their final two games will guarantee a top-six finish and a play-off place. Any slip-up, though, could allow Southend to pounce. The Shrimpers, a point behind Millwall in seventh, are at Shrewsbury on Saturday.

Rochdale, who are eighth, face Oldham, and if Millwall lose and their two closest rivals win then the Lions will slip to eighth place before the final day of the League One season.

Oxford are set to be without their influential midfielder Liam Sercombe for the fourth successive game.

Sercombe has been left out for disciplinary reasons. Boss Michael Appleton told BBC Radio Oxford: "I'll manage the football club as best as I see fit.

"It's difficult, but the reality is I don't want anyone who doesn't want to be here next year anyway. As harsh as that is, that's how it is.

"We've created a culture and talked a lot about it. I want players who want to play for Oxford United and if they don't, they can leave – simple as that."

Forward Toni Martinez has returned injured to parent club West Ham.

Millwall are protecting a 15-game unbeaten run in all competitions at The Den.

Millwall record against Oxford United

Played 50

Won 23 Drawn 11 Lost 16

Form guide

Millwall: WWDWL

Oxford: LLDLW

Probable Millwall team

4-4-2: King; Romeo, Webster, Cooper, Ferguson; Wallace, Thompson, Williams, O'Brien; Gregory, Morison.

Probable Oxford team

4-4-2: Eastwood; Edwards, Nelson, Dunkley, Skarz; Hall, Lundstram, Ledson, Johnson; Maguire, Hemmings.

Match odds

Millwall 8/13 Draw 29/10 Oxford United 9/2

Image: Millwall FC 

John Kelly


4 thoughts on “League One preview: Millwall vs. Oxford United

  • April 21, 2017 at 14:36

    3 points tomorrow and then it's either us or Southend. Good luck to the starting eleven tomorrow.
    Here's one for you Appleton-
    Why don't put that Oxford boater of yours up your bottom.

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  • April 21, 2017 at 19:46

    Can't wait to be at the den 2mra COYL we need a pack stadium let roar to the championship NOLU WDC WAM SM WAMFTD MILLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

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  • April 22, 2017 at 09:42

    Cmon easy 3 points today. Im back on tip top shape today im on it, 4 pints already, cheeky mcdonalds and now a quick shag before heading to spoons then the lions den. Hav it can think on a better day tbh.

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    • April 22, 2017 at 11:19

      @sam young: Sounds like your having a blinder mate. If you're within shouting distance of Moro today can you tell him to get his haircut with that 'skinhead' look. He looks a lot more intimidating when it's like that. At the moment it looks like something that cat's been playing with. I'll leave that in your capable hands.

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