PREVIEW: Reading vs. Millwall

NEIL Harris says Millwall’s trip to Reading comes at “a very good time” as the Lions aim for their first back-to-back league wins since April.

Millwall are a place and a point above the Royals in the Championship table and Harris should have a full squad available if players returned fit from international duty.

Millwall defeated Reading twice last season in the league last season, before Paul Clement took over from the sacked Japp Stam.

"Reading have a big squad of players and found some form towards the end of last season to stay in the division,” Harris said. “Like us, Paul has probably been searching for a formula, he has a vast squad to choose from.

“They’ve got some good players, as all teams do at this level, they’ve got some expensive players and class players. They’re trying to find a way to win games.

“It comes at a very good time for us, the international break has been outstanding in the sense of the work that we’ve done on the training pitch and the momentum we can carry on after two fantastic performances and good results through to a really big week for us.

“We are really focusing on one game at a time at the moment because that serves us well. Reading is the biggest game of the season and most important so far because it’s the next one.

“It’s a team that’s very close to us in the division. We look forward to it and we go there in really high spirits on the back of two games that saw some very good individual and team performances.”

Harris could decide to name the same side that started in the 2-1 win against Villa, a first victory in nine league fixtures, which would mean the goal scorers in that game, Shane Ferguson and Tom Elliott, keeping their places.

Reading boss Clement is already under real pressure after a difficult start, with the Royals rumoured to be lining up a move for Bolton’s Phil Parkinson.

Reading have won just two league games this season, and sit a point and a place below Millwall in the table.

They have been hit with injuries to key players, including Vito Mannone, Paul McShane, Mo Barrow, Sam Baldock, David Meyler and John O’Shea.

Jordan Obita and Dave Edwards haven’t featured at all in this campaign, but Garath McCleary and Callum Harriott have returned to full training. Meyler and O’Shea could also be available.

Possible Millwall starting XI:

4-4-2: Amos; Romeo, M Wallace, Cooper, Meredith; J Wallace, Leonard, Williams, Ferguson; Gregory, Elliott.

Match odds:

Reading 6/4 Draw 2/1 Millwall 17/10

Last season’s meetings:

Millwall 2-1 Reading (Saville 80, 85; Edwards 73); Reading 0-2 Millwall (Bacuna 70 og, Gregory 73)

Image: Millwall FC

John Kelly