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Preview | Rochdale v Millwall

12 February 2016

Read our guide to Saturday's Sky Bet League One game at Spotland

Millwall will be looking for a fourth straight League One victory on the road when they play Rochdale at Spotland this Saturday (3pm).

The Lions are unbeaten in their last five League games, including consecutive away wins over Oldham Athletic (2-1), Chesterfield (2-1) and Walsall (3-0) - a run of results which has seen the gap on fifth placed Coventry City closed to just two points.

Rochdale, who are 14th in League One, have lost three of their last four, but during that run Keith Hill's side did record an impressive victory over table-toppers Burton Albion (2-1). Dale have won seven of their 13 League games at Spotland so far this season.

What the managers say

Keith Hill: "They (Millwall) came down from the Championship and have been managed superbly well. They had a difficult start but now they're getting the rewards with that little bit of continuity. You can see why they are one of the challengers for a top six finish but on any given matchday I think we can beat anybody, and we'll go in with a gameplan."

Neil Harris: "They're a good side and certainly very threatening going forward with good size in their team. They pass it well and look to retain possession, but also have the threat of putting the ball in the box. There will be no stone unturned video analysis wise. And then we focus on a gameplan to stop them playing and also about us hurting the opposition." Read more from Harris by clicking here.

Team news

Millwall boss Harris will once again be without defender Mark Beevers, who serves the second of two-game suspension following his sending off against Oxford United earlier this month. That could mean that Sid Nelson and Byron Webster continue in the heart of defence having both contributed to an impressive clean sheet away to Walsall last weekend.

Mahlon Romeo capped a memorable debut with a stunning second-half goal in that same game, but he faces competition for the right-back slot with Carlos Edwards, who has returned to training following a hamstring injury.

Tony Craig (knee) remains a long-term absentee.


Saturday's match marks just the 10th meeting between Rochdale and Millwall.

It is The Lions who have enjoyed the better fortune in the nine previous encounters, winning five compared to two for Dale, including September's 3-1 victory at The Den.

That game was a first meeting between the two clubs for over 50 years dating back to April 1965, when Millwall won 2-0 on their last visit to the Greater Manchester side.


Millwall are 11/8 favourites with Sky Bet to win on Saturday, with Rochdale available at odds of 2/1 to earn all three points. The draw is 23/10.

Dale forward Ian Henderson and Lions duo Lee Gregory and Steve Morison are joint 11/2 favourites to open the scoring. Gregory, who has scored eight goals in his last seven games, is a tempting 11/1 to net a brace, just as he did against Walsall last time out.

For a comprehensive list of odds on Saturday's game, visit Sky Bet.


Full match commentary will be available to Lions PlayerHD subscribers as usual.

Regular updates will also be available via @MillwallFC, the club's official Twitter account.

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