PREVIEW: Millwall vs Birmingham City

NEIL Harris has to decide if Jordan Archer did enough to retain his place or recall Ben Amos when Birmingham City come to The Den on Wednesday night.

Archer made a brilliant double-save in the first half against Bolton on Saturday before another smart stop after the break.

Harris is set to be without strikers Steve Morison and Tom Elliott, with Aiden O’Brien likely to partner Lee Gregory up front.



Birmingham lost 4-2 to city rivals Aston Villa on Sunday, their third league game without a win in November when they have conceded 10 goals.

Kristian Pedersen could move to his regular position at left-back in place of Dan Harding with Jacques Maghoma starting on the left of midfield.

Blues boss Garry Monk was hoping record signing Jota would train this week, but the attacker is a doubt to face the Lions.



Midfielder Gary Gardner is available again after missing the game at Villa Park.

Millwall winger Jed Wallace believes his side aren’t quite getting their fair share of luck at the moment, after Gregory had the ball in the net late on against Bolton only for the referee to give a foul against O’Brien.

Wallace saw a similar incident at Villa Park involving home striker Tammy Abraham and Blues defender Michael Morrison.

“It’s hard because you’re fighting everyone, at Millwall it’s never easy,” Wallace said. “I just saw the Villa goal, Abraham pushes the defender in the back and wins a penalty. Aiden on Saturday tickles him with a feather and there’s a foul given against us.

“We played well and I thought we were the better team. Jordan has made a good save but if you look at the areas where the ball is we dominated possession and had a few chances. It’s just fine lines at this level.

“It was the same last season, we had a slow start. I think everyone just needs to stay calm, it’s a long season. I hear people talking about six-pointers – it’s not the case. We just need to improve a little bit in both boxes and we’ll be fine."

Possible Millwall starting XI:

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

Match odds:

Millwall 11/10 Draw 23/10 Birmingham 12/5

Last season’s meetings:

Millwall 2-0 Birmingham (Colin 47’ og, Tunnicliffe, 76’); Birmingham 0-1 Millwall (Onyedinma, 77’).

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John Kelly

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