PREVIEW: Millwall vs. Norwich City

MILLWALL boss Neil Harris says he has “a lot to consider” ahead of the Championship clash with Norwich at The Den on Saturday.

Ben Marshall can’t play against his parent club under the terms of his loan arrangement.

Harris recalled Tom Elliott last Saturday against Preston but the striker was taken off at the break after an unhappy 45 minutes.

Daniel Farke’s Norwich are the highest scorers in the Championship with 68 goals, four of them against the Lions earlier this season.

Millwall have scored just one goal in their last four league games at The Den, Ben Thompson’s consolation against Preston last Saturday.

Norwich scored twice in added-time to defeat Millwall 4-3 in November.

“They are one of three or four teams that are really pleasing on the eye, really good to watch. I really enjoy watching them,” Harris said.

“They score a bundle of goals, let in a lot. They’re a free-flowing team that can hurt you at any given time.

“The quality speaks for itself when Ben Marshall can’t get in the match-day squad at Norwich.

“I’ve been really impressed by them this year and am quietly pleased they’ve done well, I’ve got to be honest, because I like the way they play. They can pass the ball but they can get the ball forward quickly behind you as well.

“They’re similar to Preston in that manner, they’re not afraid to pass forward and turn you. They’ve got real quality and score all sorts of goals.”

Harris will decide whether to play 4-4-2 or switch to one main striker against the Canaries, with options in wide areas in the absence of Marshall.

Harris said: “I decided last weekend to utilise certain of our strengths first half against Preston and, I’ve got to be honest, it didn’t work.

“Ben not being available is a loss because he gives us real quality and end product, but there are players wanting to come back into the group.

“Jiri Skalak is working hard behind the scenes and featured in the FA Cup. We’ve got Aiden [O’Brien] and Fred [Onyedinma], and Shane Ferguson has played really well.

“I’ve got to think about freshness of the team after three games in the previous nine days. There will be a lot to consider.”

Murray Wallace is unlikely to feature after going off in the 13th minute against Hull, while Harris is hoping Mahlon Romeo has recovered after missing the 2-1 defeat at Hull due to illness.

Possible Millwall starting XI:

4-3-3: Archer; Romeo, Hutchinson, Cooper, Ferguson; Leonard, Williams, Thompson; J Wallace, Gregory, O'Brien.

Match odds:

Millwall 9/4 Draw 23/10 Norwich 11/10

This season’s meeting:

Norwich 4-3 Millwall (Pukki 49, 97, Leitner 79, Rhodes 92; Elliott 24, Leonard 81, Wallace 83)

Image: Millwall FC 

John Kelly