PREVIEW: Millwall vs. Derby County

MILLWALL boss Neil Harris will revert to his first-choice side for this Saturday’s meeting with Derby County at The Den after resting a number of key players against Gillingham on Tuesday night.

Harris could name the same side for the third consecutive league game as Millwall face another of the promotion favourites.

Ex-West Ham, Chelsea and England midfielder Frank Lampard has had a mixed start to his Rams reign. Derby pinched an injury-time winner in their opening Championship game at Reading, before being handed a football lesson by Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United last Saturday in a 4-1 loss.

The Lions could have more points on the board after dominating Middlesbrough but losing two goals in the last 10 minutes and then starting well at Blackburn but fading as Jordan Archer’s saves helped them take a point from Ewood Park.

Harris wasn’t entirely satisfied with his side’s performance against Rovers, and feels Lampard will also be trying to ensure his team bounces back this weekend.

“I thought Leeds were excellent on Saturday and I’m sure there will be some things that Frank Lampard won’t be happy about from his team,” Harris said. “There were things I wasn’t happy about from my team on Saturday.

“Derby have got a hugely talented squad, a big pool of players to choose from. In my opinion they could pick two starting XIs that could comfortably compete in the top six in this division.

“We know it’s going to be a tough test. They’ll be looking for a response but we’ll also be looking for a response after a disappointing second half at Blackburn.

“Our last league outing at The Den against Middlesbrough was played in a cauldron of noise. It was an excellent game of football and a really top, top performance by us for just under 90 minutes.

“We certainly look forward to being back in league action at The Den.”

Lampard also rested some first-choice players for his side’s EFL Cup game at Oldham on Tuesday, and they will return to league action in South Bermondsey for what promises to be another special Den atmosphere.

Probable Millwall starting XI

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

Match odds

Millwall 7/5 Draw 2/1 Derby 15/8

Last season

Derby 3-0 Millwall; Millwall 0-0 Derby

Image: Millwall FC 

John Kelly