Championship preview: Leeds United vs. Millwall

MILLWALL’S injury problems are clearing up, with only Byron Webster missing for the trip to Leeds on Saturday.

Shane Ferguson resumed training on Monday after missing the last eight games, while Tom Elliott is also in contention after playing for the under-23s on Monday.

The players are probably sick of hearing it, but Millwall are the only side in the Championship who haven’t won away yet this season.

The omens going to Leeds aren’t good. The Yorkshire side have won the last five fixtures between the clubs at Elland Road. The Lions’ last victory at the ground was 2-0 in League One in March 2010, when former Whites striker Steve Morison scored the opener

It will be Millwall’s fourteenth attempt to win on the road in 2017-18. The last time they collected three points away from The Den was in February 2015 against Birmingham when Ian Holloway was in the last few weeks of his disastrous reign.

They can take confidence that they have already ended a Leeds run this season. Thomas Christiansen’s side were being talked of as champions-elect when they arrived in south London in September unbeaten, only for Millwall to overwhelm them, out-fight them and they could have run out more comfortable winners after Aiden O’Brien scored the only goal.

“People said they had the league won when they came here to play us,” Morison said. “It was a game that we should have won by a lot more than one goal, there was only one team in it. We were very good and they were poor on the day.

“But as you can tell from us, people are different at home and away. Going there will be a different proposition. I know we’ve said it a few times this year about away games and getting the win, but we have to get that win at some point and what a great place it would be to get it at the weekend.

“We’ve picked up come good points away from home, it’s not like we’ve been losing every game. There are fine margins.

“It was the same at the weekend, we conceded with 10 minutes left. We were disappointed because we should have been two goals up but had a goal disallowed that shouldn’t have been.”

Millwall have been unfortunate not to have won at least once away this season, and some of their bad luck with decisions followed them home last weekend as Lee Gregory was denied a goal after a wrong offside decision.

Morison scored in spectacular fashion in their last away game when he volleyed in from distance against former club Norwich.

He will likely get a mixed reception at his old stomping ground, but Lions boss Neil Harris believes that won’t faze him.

“Moro will attack the game like any other,” Harris said. “He had spells at Leeds when he was in favour and did well, and spells when he was out of the team. It was a bit of a crazy time. He will certainly relish the challenge.”

Although Leeds haven’t lost at home since October, their confidence has been hit by two successive defeats, including a humbling 2-1 loss at League Two Newport in the third round of the FA Cup.

Harris has options to make changes to his starting side, with Shaun Williams impatient to reclaim his spot following just three starts since his return from a knee injury in early December.

Form guide

Leeds: WLDLL

Millwall: DWLWD

Millwall record against Leeds

Played 35

Won 16 Drew 4 Lost 15

Possible Millwall line-up

4-4-2: Archer; Romeo, Hutchinson, Cooper, Meredith; Wallace, Tunnicliffe, Saville, O’Brien; Gregory, Morison.

Match odds

Leeds 6/5 Draw 9/4 Millwall 12/5

Image: Millwall FC 

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