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Preview | Millwall v Crewe Alexandra

29 January 2016

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

Millwall will look to remain in Sky Bet League One's Play-Off places with a win over Crewe Alexandra at The Den on Saturday (3pm).

Consecutive League victories over Oldham Athletic, Port Vale and Chesterfield have lifted The Lions into sixth spot, but Sheffield United are just a point behind with Peterborough, Southend and The Valiants all also within touching distance.

Neil Harris' side do have a game in hand on the two teams both above and below them, however, and should they win on Saturday, could move to within two points of Coventry City in fifth providing The Sky Blues lose at home to Scunthorpe United.

Crewe travel to The Den on Saturday winless in seven League games, but they have picked up solid draws against Wigan Athletic and Bury in their two most recent fixtures. Steve Davis' side sit 22nd in the table, seven points from safety.

What the managers say

Neil Harris: "We're facing a Crewe side with so much to play for. They are in a difficult position in the League, but yet they still go out and express themselves in terms of how they play in each and every game. It is going to be another tough game because in the last week or so they have picked up a couple of really good results." Read more from Harris by clicking here.

Steve Davis: "We go into the game on the back of two decent results and the performance against a strong Wigan team was one of our best of the season. We played well against one of the top sides that day so that should give us confidence going into the Millwall game. We know what to expect and we know that their crowd helps them as well. Our players will have to contend with that." Read more from Davis by clicking here.

Team news

Millwall boss Harris has no fresh injury concerns ahead of Saturday's game.

In-form forward trio Aiden O'Brien, Lee Gregory and Steve Morison look set to retain their places in the starting line-up, but Harris hasn't ruled out the prospect of changes to his Xl.

Monday's Elite Development Squad game against Crystal Palace gave the likes of Sid Nelson, Ben Thompson, Fred Onyedinma and John Marquis the chance to build up their match sharpness, and all four could be in contention should Harris want to freshen up his team.

Carlos Edwards (hamstring) and Tony Craig (knee) remain sidelined.

Crewe will be without star midfielder Ryan Colclough, who signed for Wigan Athletic this week.

Central defender George Ray and forward Lauri Dalla Valle are both sidelined with ankle injuries.

Head-to-head

Saturday's game will be the 33rd meeting between Millwall and Crewe in all competitions.

This weekend's visitors hold the head-to-head advantage with 12 wins to 11 for The Lions, while the remaining nine matches have ended in draws.

Millwall's recent record in this fixture is very impressive and they go into Saturday's fixture looking for a fourth straight win against Crewe, who haven't beaten The Lions in their last eight attempts.

Last time we met

The most recent meeting between Millwall and Crewe was a memorable one for Lions forward Aiden O'Brien, who netted his first-ever senior hat-trick in September's 3-1 win at Gresty Road.

Dalla Valle equalised for the home side after O'Brien had given Millwall a 21st-minute lead, but the Irishman then netted again in the 64th and 74th minutes to take home the matchball.

Watch highlights from that game for free by clicking here.

The teams that day:

Crewe: Garratt, Turton, Davis, Nugent, Kingsley, Fox (Wilson, 67'), Atkinson, King, Inman, Dalla Valle (Cooper, 80'), Colclough. Subs not used: Guthrie, Ray, Haber, Richards, Baillie

Millwall: Archer, Edwards, Nelson (Webster, 51'), Beevers, Craig, Onyedinma (Ferguson, 69'), Abdou, Williams, Upson, O'Brien (Gregory, 84'), Morison. Subs not used: Forde, Thompson, Cowan-Hall, Marquis

Coverage

Unable to make it to The Den? You can still keep up-to-date with the action as it happens by tuning in to full match commentary on Lions PlayerHD.

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

Betting

Sky Bet have placed Millwall as 4/11 favourites to beat Crewe, who are available at 15/2 to earn all three points at The Den. The draw is 19/5.

Lee Gregory and Steve Morison are joint 7/2 favourites to open the scoring in SE16 and each available at 5/4 to find the net at anytime.

For a comprehensive list of odds on the game, visit Sky Bet.

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