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Preview: Leeds Utd v Millwall

13 February 2015

All you need to know about Saturday's game

Millwall travel to Leeds United on Saturday looking to record a third successive away win for the first time since April 2014 when victories at Nottingham Forest (2-1), Wigan (1-0) and Middlesbrough (2-1) went some way to securing The Lions' Championship safety.

Whilst The Lions have struggled to find much home comfort at The Den this season, Ian Holloway's men have produced morale-boosting victories in their last two matches away from SE16, securing a 1-0 win at Forest and most recently a 1-0 success at Birmingham City.

Millwall's three point haul at St Andrew's on Tuesday night saw Holloway's side remain in the bottom three now only on goal difference from Brighton, with Saturday's opponents Leeds just five points clear of the drop zone despite their excellent 2-0 away win at Reading in midweek.

What the managers say

Neil Redfearn: "I think they'll come and keep it tight and will try to nick something. It'll be a tough game. We'll have to lock horns with them and we'll have to tough it out, but we're scrapping.

"The importance is that it's our next home game. You want to win at home because you want to please your supporters. Millwall are a side that are in the relegation places so you can put that to bed. If you look at the bigger picture, there are 16 games left.

"There would be no point in us beating Millwall and then losing the next five. The whole 16 games are important and we can’t disrespect that fact.

"We've got 16 tough games and Millwall is one of them. If can beat Millwall on Saturday then that's great, but it doesn't stop the fact that we've then got to go to Middlesbrough and get a result." Read more from Redfearn here.

Ian Holloway: "We will go to Leeds in confident mood after Tuesday night. The way we played against Birmingham, with our shape that stopped them playing and then enabled us to break on them, was what I've been looking for. If we can get the balance right we can be a decent team in this tough division.
 
"We need to stay solid, make ourselves difficult to beat, and gradually claw away at the gap between ourselves and a whole group of clubs above us.
 
"Leeds are one of those. A win there would reduce their advantage over us to two points and drag other into the fight as well. Neil Redfearn has got them playing in a way their fans can enjoy and it's getting them results." Read more from Holloway here.

Team news

Millwall will be forced to make at least once change to the team that lined up against Birmingham City on Tuesday night with midfielder Michael Tonge, who made his debut in that match, unavailable for selection. Tonge joined The Lions on loan last week from Leeds and is not able to play against his parent club this weekend.

Manager Ian Holloway has Jimmy Abdou, Ed Upson, Angel Martinez and Jack Powell all champing at the bit to fill the vacant midfield berth in Tonge's enforced absence.

Thankfully there are no fresh injuries, leaving Carlos Edwards (knee), Nicky Bailey (calf) and Paris Cowan-Hall (knee) as the three players sidelined.

Defender Sid Nelson has now completed his three-match suspension following his sending off against Reading and is set to return to the squad, although manager Holloway has indicated that he could minimise making changes to his starting XI where possible.

United boss Neil Redfearn expects to welcome back Rodolph Austin and Gaetano Berardi after the duo missed the Reading game with illness, but midfielder Tommaso Bianchi sustained a knee injury in that midweek victory and will have to sit it out.

Defender Liam Cooper missed his first game of the season at the Madejski Stadium with a hip problem and is set to be sidelined again this weekend.

Head-to-head

Saturday's game at Elland Road will be the 32nd meeting between the two clubs, and to date Leeds have the upper hand - just - with 14 wins to Millwall's 13 in all competitions.

The Lions tasted victory on the opening day of the season at The Den with a 2-0 win courtesy of goals from Mark Beevers and a Shaun Williams penalty, however Leeds have won the last four encounters at Elland Road.

Millwall's last victory in West Yorkshire came in March 2010 when goals from Steve Morison - set to line up against Millwall for Leeds on Saturday - and a Shaun Batt cracker sealed a 2-0 success.

Betting

Find a comprehensive list of odds on the game with Sky Bet.

Coverage

Unable to make it to Elland Road? The Lions Player team will be bringing you full match commentary from 2.50pm. 

We will also have all of the usual updates on @MillwallFC, the club's official Twitter account. Get involved with the discussion before, during and after the game by tagging your tweets with #LUFCvMFC

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