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Preview | Walsall v Millwall

5 February 2016

Read our in-depth guide to Saturday's League One clash

Millwall will look to continue their fine run of League form against automatic promotion hopefuls Walsall at the Banks's Stadium on Saturday (3pm).

The Lions are unbeaten in their last four League One games, winning three of those, but are up against a Saddlers side this weekend who are just one point off of top spot. Sean O'Driscoll's men are on a run of five victories in their last eight League games, a sequence which included their 1-0 win over Millwall at The Den on Boxing Day.

While Walsall could go top with just a draw providing that League leaders Burton Albion lose against Bradford City, Neil Harris knows that an 11th away victory of the season would maintain the pressure on fifth-placed Coventry City, who don't play fellow Play-Off hopefuls Port Vale until Sunday.

What the manager says

Speaking ahead of the game, Harris told millwallfc.co.uk: "In the first-half of our game against them at The Den they kept the ball really well in spells but without really hurting us if I'm honest. The shot count showed that but they do keep it really well and try to frustrate you by doing that.

"We know what their strengths will be and as ever we will try and combat that, and then concentrate on ourselves with the football. In the second-half of that game we caused them plenty of problems and we hope it can be the same again on Saturday."

Read more from the Millwall boss by clicking here.

Team news

O'Driscoll has few injury concerns ahead of the game, with Neil Etheridge (knee) his only doubt. Midfielder Isaiah Osbourne remains a long-term absentee.

Millwall will be without Mark Beevers, who begins a two-match suspension following his second red card of the season during Tuesday's Johnstone's Paint Trophy tie away to Oxford United. That could mean a recall for young defender Sid Nelson, but Joe Martin is also capable of filling in at centre-half, just as he did after Beevers was dismissed at the Kassam Stadium.

Shaun Williams missed that game with a knock and will be assessed ahead of Saturday's match, while Tony Craig (knee) remains a long-term absentee.

Head-to-head

Saturday's match will be the 76th encounter between Walsall and Millwall and it is The Lions who have enjoyed the better of the fixture going down the years, with 36 wins in all competitions to 20 for The Saddlers.

Their victory at The Den in December was Walsall's only win out of the last seven meetings compared to four for Millwall. The Lions are unbeaten on their last three visits to The Banks's Stadium dating back to 2008.

Coverage

Full match commentary will, as ever, be available on Lions PlayerHD.

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

Betting

Walsall are 13/10 favourites with Sky Bet, with Millwall available at odds of 2/1 to earn all three points.

Saddlers duo Tom Bradshaw and Jordan Cook are 9/2 and 11/2 respectively to open the scoring, with Lee Gregory and Steve Morison (both 6/1) favourites to do so for Millwall.

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

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