Championship preview: Wolves vs. Millwall

MILLWALL boss Neil Harris should have a full squad to choose from for Saturday’s Championship clash with Wolves at Molineux.

Jordan Archer, Conor McLaughlin and Shane Ferguson returned from international duty on Thursday.

Harris could name the same side that defeated Norwich City 4-0 in the last league game, though Jake Cooper and Ferguson are pushing for selection.

Wolves spent heavily this summer, including almost £16million on midfielder Ruben Neves.

Nuno Santo’s side are favourites to win, but Millwall will be confident that they can surprise another of the pre-season title favourites.

“The game has changed so much in the last three or four years, if you go pressing all over the pitch you get picked off,” Harris said after the win against Norwich.

“We have to do what we’re good at. We’ve prided ourselves in my two-and-a-half years in charge in being solid, reliable and hard to break down.

“To do that, you have to have character, desire and a drive about you as an individual and a team.

“My strikers epitomise that, everyone puts a shift in. We are a hard-working team and with good hard-working teams like Burnley and Leicester that play like we do, you need ability as well.

“You have to have ability to keep the ball when you regain it, certainly on the counter attack. We’ve shown that.”

Santo has been reflecting this week on his first month in English football.

“It’s very competitive, this is no surprise for me,” he told the Express & Star. “I did my homework before I took this challenge.

“Where I was before, it’s my past. This is a different reality – but my idea. The idea of how we play is getting there.

“I’m very proud of the boys, the way they come into training sessions to really improve.”

Matt Doherty, meanwhile, is looking forward to facing Jed Wallace and George Saville.

“Both he and Jed have been playing well for Millwall and are happy there," Doherty said.

“It is nice to see them doing well but hopefully that won’t be the case this weekend!”

Millwall record against Wolves

Played 41

Won 11 Draw 10 Lost 20

Form guide

Wolves: WWLWD

Millwall: DLDLW

Probable Wolves team

3-4-3: Ruddy; Miranda, Coady, Bennett, Doherty, Neves, Saiss, Douglas; Cavaleiro, Bonatini, Jota.

Probable Millwall team

4-4-2: Archer; McLaughlin, Webster, Hutchinson, Meredith; Wallace, Saville, Williams, O’Brien; Gregory, Morison.

Match odds

Wolves 4/5 Draw 5/2 Millwall 7/2

Image: Millwall FC 

John Kelly

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