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Preview | Millwall v Gillingham

18 December 2015

All you need to know about Saturday's League One clash

Millwall host fourth-placed Gillingham at The Den tomorrow determined to record a sixth win in seven League One matches on home soil and at the same time stay close to the top six.

Having started the season without gaining a point in SE16 in their first four matches, The Lions have tasted success five times since then with only Bradford City smuggling a point away from The Den courtesy a 0-0 draw on 31st October.

Gillingham's strength this season has largely been down to their home form, chalking up eight wins and just one loss at Priestfield. However, Justin Edinburgh's side have not managed to reproduce that level of performance consistently on the road and four of their five defeats since August have come away from home.

What the managers say

Neil Harris: "It's a good one for both sets of fans. It will certainly be keenly contested and it helps that we are both in healthy positions in the League. Both clubs are moving forward and that is key.

"I'm not surprised by Gillingham's League position. I saw them a lot at the end of last season after Justin (Edinburgh) had gone in and John Marquis was on loan, and saw what good young players they had and their style of play based on work rate and energy." Read more from Chopper here.

Justin Edinburgh: "Every game is a big game because that's the position we have put ourselves in. I applaud the players for that, I think they've done brilliantly and I am delighted with them.

"Everyone is chasing us now, everyone wants to beat us and people want to get to where we have been at all season. With Millwall we have got another team chasing us, with a bigger playing budget, bigger finances and gates but we will go there with the belief we can perform and get something from the game."

Team news

Neil Harris has the luxury of no fresh injury or suspension worries ahead of Saturday's Den encounter.

The postponement of last weekend's game at Oldham Athletic, whilst frustrating, handed striker Steve Morison extra time to recover after he left the field in the Southend United JPT tie as a precautionary measure. Winger Fred Onyedinma will also be assessed ahead of the weekend's match.

Midfielder Jimmy Abdou got a full 90 minutes of match action under his belt playing for the U21s in Monday's 1-0 win at Watford, and is set to be included in the squad, along with frontman Alfie Pavey, who also featured against the Hornets and has been on the bench regularly for the first team since mid-October.

Elsewhere Tony Craig remains a long-term absentee.

Former Lions midfielder Josh Wright could be in line for a recall against his former club at The Den.

The 26-year-old was virtually ever present for Gillingham until his sending off in the 2-1 win over Scunthorpe on 20th October, since when he has only made two League starts. But with Doug Loft serving a suspension following his dismissal against Burton last weekend, Justin Edinburgh may turn to Wright as his holding player in midfield.

The good news for the Gillingham boss is the return to fitness of striker Luke Norris, who has been sidelined with an ankle injury picked up in the win at Crewe in October. The front man, who has scored three times to date this season, looks set for a place on the bench.

Head to head

The Gills and Lions have met 94 times, and Millwall's win-ratio is nearly twice that of our Kent rivals with 47 victories from those previous encounters. 

Gillingham have tasted victory on 26 occasions - most recently at Priestfield in September 2009 - with the remaining 21 games finishing all-square.

Last time we met

It was 10th April 2010 when these teams last locked horns and promotion-chasing Millwall looked every inch the part of a club in the ascendancy as they romped to a 4-0 win at The Den.

Shaun Batt put The Lions ahead after Danny Schofield played him through and Tony Craig doubled the lead, launching a spectacular looping volley into the top corner after Steve Morison's long throw ran loose.

Schofield jinked his way through on the hour mark to fire in the third before Neil Harris headed in a fourth to seal a resounding victory.

Millwall: Forde, Robinson, Craig, Ward, Smith, Schofield, Hackett, Abdou, Trotter (Barron, 80mins), Morison (Harris, 46mins), Batt (Obika, 75mins). Subs not used: Sullivan, Frampton, Laird, Alexander. 
Scorers: Batt (27mins), Craig (35mins), Schofield (60mins), Harris (66mins)

Gillingham: Julian, Fuller, Nutter, Richards (Bentley, 51mins), Jackman, Dennehy (Gowling, 46mins), Lewis, Barcham, Miller, Jackson, Rowe (Maher, 76mins). Subs not used: Royce, Weston, Dickson, Oli.


Supporters can purchase their ticket right up to kick-off at The Den (3pm).


Unable to make it to the game? As ever Lions PlayerHD will be bringing you full match commentary so you can keep up-to-date with all the action from The Den. To tune in click here.

You can also follow updates via @MillwallFC, the club's official Twitter account.


Sky Bet have priced Millwall 11/10 for the win, Gillingham at 12/5 and the draw priced at 5/2.

Find a comprehensive list of odds on the game by clicking here.

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