Championship preview: Reading vs. Millwall

MILLWALL go the Madejski Stadium on Saturday boosted by their first away win of the season at Leeds and a successful January transfer window.

Jason Shackell has already made his Millwall debut, while winger Ben Marshall (above) could be handed his first start with Aiden O’Brien injured.

Tim Cahill might need to feature for the under-23s before he is in line to play competitive senior football for the first time since December 2.

Harry Toffolo could replace the departed Tony Craig in the match-day squad.

Lions boss Neil Harris will hope to have new club captain Steve Morison available after he missed the 0-0 draw against Derby County on Tuesday night through illness. Morison was back in training on Thursday.

Reading haven’t won at home in the league since November, and after reaching the Championship play-off final last season are struggling in 18th in the table. However, they are just three points behind Millwall.

Royals boss Jaap Stam added Tommy Elphick from Aston Villa and Chris Martin from Derby on loan in January, and both could make their debuts.

Form guide

Reading: DWLLW

Millwall: WDWDD

Millwall record against Reading

Played 100

Won 36 Drew 23 Lost 41

Possible Millwall line-up

4-4-2: Archer; Romeo, Hutchinson, Cooper, Meredith; Wallace, Williams, Saville, Ferguson; Gregory, Morison.

Match odds

Reading 8/5 Draw 21/10 Millwall 9/5

Image: Millwall FC 

John Kelly