PREVIEW: Aston Villa vs. Millwall

BEN Thompson could be out as Millwall try to end Aston Villa’s nine-game winning run at Villa Park on Easter Monday.

Thompson went off in the 40th minute of the 1-1 draw with Brentford with a hamstring injury.

If Thompson isn’t fit then Shaun Williams could make his first league start since March 9, with Ryan Leonard pushing forward to support Lee Gregory, a role he performed in the FA Cup against Everton.

Lions boss Neil Harris could restore Ben Marshall to the starting line-up, with Shane Ferguson moving to left-back and James Meredith on the bench.

Dean Smith could be without Tammy Abraham, who became the first Villa player since 1977 to score 25 goals in a season, but suffered a shoulder injury getting the second in the 2-0 win over Bolton that equalled the club record of straight wins.

Smith is wary of a Millwall side “fighting for their lives”.

“It’s another big game. I am aware that Bristol City and Derby County have a game in hand, still,” Smith said.

“But it’s nice to get points on the board – and continue to do that.

“It will probably be another sell-out at Villa Park on Monday. But they’re fighting for their lives as well.

“Neil Harris has done a great job there but we have to try and win that game.”

Possible Millwall team


Martin; Romeo, Pearce, Cooper, Ferguson; Wallace, Tunnicliffe, Williams, Marshall; Leonard; Gregory.

Match odds

Aston Villa 8/15 Draw 3/1 Millwall 9/2

This season

Millwall 2-1 Aston Villa (Ferguson 26, Elliott 48; Abraham 7)

Millwall: 4-4-2: Amos; Romeo, M Wallace, Cooper; Meredith; J Wallace, Leonard, Williams, Ferguson (O'Brien, 89); Gregory, Elliott (Morison).

Image: Millwall FC

John Kelly