Championship preview: Burton Albion vs. Millwall

NEIL Harris is wary that Burton Albion will be “fighting or their lives” when sides meet for just the fourth time in their history this weekend.

Millwall are aiming for a fourth successive away win in the league, against a side that haven’t won at home since September, a run of 12 games.

Nigel Clough’s Burton are in the relegation zone, but showed they can be resilient in their own backyard by drawing 0-0 against Nottingham Forest last Saturday.

Harris feels Millwall are “full of confidence on the road”.

He said: “There’s belief in the group, the win at Leeds gave us confidence, as did trips to places like Villa Park, Preston, Bristol City.

“Leeds was a special one because it was the first of the season and special in the manner that it came. Reading was a completely dominant display.

“Last Saturday we weren’t at our best, especially in the first half, but found a way to win the game, deservedly in the end because we created the clear-cut chances.

“Burton, like Birmingham, are fighting for their lives, keeping clean sheets. They are a tough nut, they don’t lose a lot of games by more than one goal. It’s going to be another difficult one but we’re full of confidence on the road.”

Harris has almost a full squad to choose from, with just Aiden O'Brien and Byron Webster in the treatment room.

Clough has a number of injury worries. They will give late fitness tests to Jake Buxton, Luke Murphy and Marvin Sordell, but defenders John Brayford, Ben Turner and Tom Flanagan are all out.

Darren Bent and Liam Boyce could start up front.

Form guide

Burton (home): LDLLD

Millwall (away): LWWLW

Millwall record against Burton

Played 3

Won 1 Drew 0 Lost 2

Possible Millwall line-up

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

Match odds

Burton 5/2 Draw 12/5 Millwall 11/10

Stats preview 

  • Millwall and Burton first met competitively in December 2015, a 2-1 win for the Brewers with Lee Martin getting the Lions’ goal.
  • Burton’s last win at home in the league was on September 16 when they defeated Fulham 2-1. They have lost 10 of their 12 games at the Pirelli since then.
  • Steve Morison moved to sixth position in the list of top scorers in Millwall’s history in both the Football League (72 goals) and all competitions (89 goals).
  • After his goal on Tuesday against Sheffield Wednesday, Lee Gregory is into the top 20 Millwall goal-scorers in league history with 52 – one behind Tim Cahill.
  • Since Boxing Day, Millwall are fifth in the Championship form guide – behind Brentford, Wolves, Aston Villa and Fulham.

Image: Millwall FC 

John Kelly