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Preview | Millwall v Bury

27 November 2015

All you need to know about Saturday's game

Millwall face Bury for the first time in over 14 years when the two sides meet at The Den on Saturday (3pm).

The Shakers, managed by David Flitcroft, got the campaign off to a storming start and at one stage notched up seven consecutive victories in September and early October before Morecambe brought that run to an end with a 1-0 win in the JPT Second Round.

Bury had a little wobble form-wise in the subsequent five matches when they failed to win, but have now notched up three victories from the last five matches to sustain their challenge near the top of the League One table.

By comparison, Tuesday night's 2-1 loss at Fleetwood was Millwall's first defeat in 10 starts and manager Neil Harris is determined that his team get back to winning ways and start another unbeaten run, starting with three points from Saturday's clash with Bury.

Prior to the Fleetwood game, The Lions were the form team in the division, chalking up seven wins in a nine-game unbeaten run. Harris' side have also won six of their last seven games on home soil.

With both The Lions and Shakers sitting just beneath the League One Play-Off places it might be a bit too soon to talk about this as a 'six pointer', but victory for either side could hoist them into the top six come 4.45pm on Saturday.


What the managers say

Neil Harris: "We knew our unbeaten run would come to an end at some stage but that didn't make it any less disappointing when it did.

"Our challenge now is to get back to the mentality and focus which saw us embark on that nine game unbeaten run to enable us to beat a very good Bury side and reward in particular the 500 loyal fans who made the long trip to Fleetwood in atrocious weather."

David Flitcroft: "It was a difficult game to lose in the way we did against Scunthorpe, so we have to make sure that we try and flush that away and build for another tough fixture.

"This has been quite a difficult month and the performances have certainly not warranted the points that we have got. There are a lot of positives at the moment with players coming back from injury, but Millwall is going to be difficult and we must get the right detail for a tough fixture."

Team news

Lions left-back Joe Martin will serve a one-match suspension and miss Saturday's game having picked up his fifth yellow card of the season in the midweek defeat at Fleetwood.

Shane Ferguson, who can operate either in a left midfield or defensive slot, is the most likely replacement, although centre half Mark Beevers has also slotted in previously to fill the left-back berth.

Manager Neil Harris has no other fresh injury concerns following the midweek game, although right-back Carlos Edwards' continues to be assessed after sustaining a hamstring knock in the JPT tie at Plymouth Argyle. Tony Craig remains a long-term absentee.

Bury boss David Flitcroft this week extended the period of goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann's loan from Premier League side Stoke City until January 2016.

Since arriving as cover for Rob Lainton, Bachmann has made four appearances for The Shakers as well as representing Austria at international level.

Head-to-head 

Bury currently hold the upper hand with 17 victories from the 39 previous encounters between these two teams.

Ten of Millwall's 11 successes, however, have come in League matches compared to 13 wins enjoyed by The Shakers when points have been at stake.

The remaining 11 games have finished all-square.

Last time we met

Although Millwall's last meeting with Bury ended in a 2-1 defeat on Tuesday 6th March 2001 - it proved to be a mere blip for Mark McGhee's Lions who went on to be crowned League Two champions later that season.

Millwall, who had thumped the Shakers 4-0 at The Den earlier in the season looked to be well on their way when Neil Harris slotted home the opening goal of this game with just four minutes on the clock.

But Colin Cramb forced an equaliser nine minutes before the break and a lapse in concentration late on allowed Bury striker Jon Newby, on loan from Liverpool,  to snatch victory in the dying seconds.

Bury: Kenny, Collins, Redmond, Amstrong, Swailes, Daws, Billy, Forrest, Reid, Newby, Cramb. Subs not used: Hill, Connell, Preece, James, Barnes.
Scorers: Cramb (35mins), Newby (90mins)

Millwall: Gueret, Lawrence, Neill, Dyche, Nethercott, Ryan, Bircham, Kinet (Sadlier, 86mins), Livermore, Harris, Moody. Subs not used: Warner, Reid, Tuttle, Ifill.
Scorer: Harris (4mins) 

Tickets

Tickets are on general sale up until kick-off from the Millwall ticket office. Don't forget that if you are a member we are offering a special ticket price of £17 for this game. Full details here.

Betting

Millwall are odds-on 4/5 favourites for the game, while Bury are priced at 18/5 to pick up an away victory. The draw is priced at 5/2. When the two teams last met at The Den, The Lions finished 4-0 victors - and if you reckon that there could be a repeat of that scoreline Sky Bet are offering 33/1 for Saturday's game.

For a comprehensive list of odds on the game, including first goalscorer markets, visit Sky Bet.

Coverage

All of Saturday's action will be covered with full match commentary on Lions PlayerHD.
 
Updates from The Den will also be available by following @MillwallFC - the club's official Twitter account.

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