PREVIEW: Millwall vs. Bolton Wanderers

MILLWALL are aiming for a fourth successive home win when they face Bolton Wanderers at The Den on Saturday.

Jordan Archer is set to return to the side for the first time since August. He is competing with David Martin to replace Ben Amos, who is ineligible against his parent club.

Six Millwall players were on duty with their countries during the international break, though only Aiden O’Brien featured this week, playing 65 minutes of the Republic of Ireland’s 0-0 draw in Denmark on Monday night.



“We always get asked about international breaks, whether it’s good timing or bad timing,” Lions boss Neil Harris said. “It’s my job to make sure that as many players are as fit and available on Saturday and in the best possible condition. It’s up to me to select them or not based on what they’ve done or haven’t done, whether injuries, training loads, there are various factors.

“Aiden played, [Czech Republic's] Jiri [Skalak] got a recall after a couple of years’ absence. For those players in particular it’s a great achievement.”

Despite Millwall's impressive recent record at The Den and Bolton going seven games without a victory, the sides are 15th in the respective home and away form guides this season.



Bolton are unbeaten in four games at The Den since 2012, while Phil Parkinson is unbeaten in six games at Millwall in charge of Bolton and Bradford, his last loss in South Bermondsey at the helm of a side the 4-0 defeat with Charlton in March 2010.

Bolton have collected just one point since their 1-0 win over Derby at the end of September, a result which left them a point off the play-offs.

Harris, though, won’t allow any complacency.

“Phil’s been adaptable during the course of the season, between a 3-5-2 and a 4-3-3. They’ve a big squad, 28 players, so a lot of players to choose from,” Harris said.

“What we do know is we’ll face is a team that will be at it, in your face. They’re a big aggressive side but they’ve also played a lot more football this year than they have done in the past. They’ve got some good footballers, not scored a lot of goals recently but some players with good end product.

“We have to focus on ourselves, predominantly, because we don’t know what the opposition will play.

“We certainly look to build on the positives with the ball against Norwich.”

Veterans Gary O’Neil and Stephen Ireland could be back to boost Parkinson’s midfield options.

Possible Millwall starting XI:

4-4-2: Archer; McLaughlin, Hutchinson, Cooper, M Wallace; J Wallace, Leonard, Williams, Ferguson; Gregory, Elliott.

Match odds:

Millwall 4/7 Draw 13/5 Bolton 4/1

Last season’s meetings:

Millwall 1-1 Bolton (Saville, 49’; Morais, 62’); Bolton 0-2 Millwall (Elliott, 34', Marshall, 63').

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John Kelly

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