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Match preview: Millwall v Leeds

8 August 2014

A comprehensive guide to Saturday's season opener

Millwall will be looking for their first opening day victory since August 2010 when Leeds United visit The Den on Saturday (3pm).

Ian Holloway's Lions will head into the match hoping to maintain the level of performance seen in the eight-game unbeaten run which secured Championship safety at the end of the last campaign against a Leeds United side led by new head coach Dave Hockaday.

What the managers say

Ian Holloway: "We are trying to develop our own modern, entertaining brand of football and give our fans the chance to be part of something here. This may not all come together straight away, but we will keep working and working until we get it right. I can assure you that every one of them who pulls on the blue shirt will be trying their heart out for you (the fans)." To read more click here.

Dave Hockaday: "Our preparation has been good and we've got better and better every day. We look a team and we are working hard for each other. We have done a lot of work on and off the field and there is a lot more still to do. We'll step over the line and we'll perform on demand, there will be no excuses." To read more click here

Team news

The Lions look set to be without midfielder trio Nicky Bailey (calf), Richard Chaplow (hamstring) and Ed Upson (hamstring) for Saturday's game. Both Bailey and Chaplow picked up injuries in the 1-0 pre-season friendly win over Real Mallorca last week, while Upson sustained his knock ahead of the same game.

Ian Holloway recruited six new players over the summer, all of whom will be vying for a starting spot.

Steve Morison could make an immediate return to The Den after helping The Lions to Championship survival on loan from the Elland Road club this year. Hockaday this week signed striker Nicky Ajose to add to his list of summer recruits, and the new boss looks set to have a fully fit squad to choose from.


Saturday's game at The Den will be the 31st meeting between the two clubs, and to date Leeds have the upper hand with 14 wins to Millwall's 12 in all competitions.

One of those victories came in the last game between the two sides, a 2-1 win for The Whites at Elland Road in March.

At The Den, though, Millwall have won their last two against Leeds, including a comfortable 2-0 victory in September 2013 thanks to goals from Martyn Woolford and Scott Malone.

Ticket news

Saturday's game looks set to attract a bumper crowd at The Den, so supporters collecting pre-ordered match tickets are advised to arrive early to help avoid heavy queues.

If you are a member you can load your ticket onto your card for scanning at the turnstile rather than having to queue to collect a ticket. Click here for more ticket information.

Travel news

There will be significant disruption on the roads in south west and central London due to the first of the two-day Prudential Bike Race. Full details here

Matchday programme

The Lion, Millwall's matchday programme, has a new look for 2014/15. Still priced at just £3, Saturday's 84-page edition has plenty of fresh content and contains interviews with Byron Webster and Carlos Edwards, as well as words from Ian Holloway, John Berylson, Alan Dunne, Scott Fitzgerald, Bobby Bacic and Merv Payne, who continues in his role as fan columnist. For all that and much, much more, pick up your copy of The Lion from around the ground for just £3.


We will have all of the action covered with live match commentary on Lions Player from 2.50pm.

As well, you can follow live updates on the club's official Twitter account and join the conversation by using #MFCvLUFC in your tweets. 

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