PREVIEW: Millwall vs. Reading

NEIL Harris could make changes during the busy festive period with this the second game of four over 11 days.

After Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Stoke, Harris called this clash a “six-pointer”. The sides are level on 19 points after 23 games in 21st and 22nd in the Championship table and a win for the Lions would lift them out of the relegation zone.

Harris left Aide O’Brien and Steve Morison out of his starting XI at Stoke and both could be in contention on Boxing Day.

They are the two most likely changes if Harris decides to freshen his side as Millwall aim for a first win since October 27.

Reading’s 1-0 defeat at home to Middlesbrough on Saturday was their seventh without a win since November 3.

The Royals have a new manager, Jose Gomes taking over from caretaker Scott Marshall, who had been in charge since the sacking of Paul Clement earlier in December.

Gomes moves from Portugal’s Rio Ave, who are eighth in the top flight. It would seem a strange appointment, as the 48-year-old has never spent more than two seasons as manager or assistant manager at any of his previous 15 clubs including in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

"I am confident in this project," Gomes said after watching the loss to Boro. "I know how the club and the fans around the club feel the results, so I am here to help and to put our club in the right place.

"The Championship is the most competitive league in the world. Before the start of the season, about 20 of the teams want to go to the Premier League.

"It will be a very difficult mission but I am completely sure that we will achieve what we want."

Possible Millwall starting XI:

4-4-2: Archer; Romeo, Hutchinson, Cooper, Meredith; J Wallace, Leonard, Tunnicliffe, Ferguson; Gregory, Morison.

Match odds:

Millwall 4/6 Draw 11/4 Reading 7/2

Last season’s meetings:

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

Image: Millwall FC 

John Kelly