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Preview | Bradford City v Millwall

25 March 2016

All you need to know about Saturday's game

Millwall begin their busy Bank Holiday against The Bantams aiming to maintain an impressive recent run of just one League defeat in 13 games against a City side only sitting outside the Play-Off spots on goal difference.

Neil Harris' Lions are unbeaten on the road in seven, whilst Phil Parkinson's side have won their last two matches on home soil, including a 2-0 success against top of the table Burton Albion.

What the managers say

Neil Harris: "I felt when we played Bradford City earlier in the season that they would be involved in the shake-up at the end of the season.

"They are a strong, physical well-organised side with some experienced players in their ranks, and their manager is massively experienced with a proven track record.

"We know it will be a tough game at their place, but we're ready for it."  

Phil Parkinson: "This is the time to stand up and be counted. This stage of the season is why you get into football. We have to stay calm and concentrate on the job we have to do for each game.

"We have a lot of experience in the camp of dealing with this position. The lads are ready for it and we have to relish it. This Easter period is a slightly strange one with the international break - I certainly can't remember it happening like this before - but it is business as usual for us.

"It is an important three days for us with the games against Millwall and Crewe. We will be looking to start this period with a positive result on Saturday."

Team news

Neil Harris will be forced to make changes to his starting line-up with both Jimmy Abdou (Comoros) and Shane Ferguson (Northern Ireland), along with David Forde (Republic of Ireland), away on international duty over the Easter period.

The trio's absence could hand the likes of Shaun Williams, Ed Upson, Aiden O'Brien and Fred Onyedinma an opportunity this weekend, with Academy prospects Kris Twardek and Kyron Farrell also pushing to be involved.

Teenage defender Noah Chesmain has returned from his loan spell at Welling United this week and goalkeeper Harry Girling could also be included in the travelling party.

Like Millwall, City are missing three players on international duty - loan trio Josh Cullen, Lee Evans and Reece Burke - whilst Phil Parkinson is also without influential defender Rory McCardle (shoulder).

In a bid to minimise the effects of losing four key players, City have brought in 23-year-old former Manchester United U21 skipper Tom Thorpe on loan from Rotherham this week and he is set to make his debut against The Lions.

Head-to-head

Saturday's game will be the 41st encounter between The Lions and Bantams. Millwall edge the stats with 16 wins in the previous 40 outings, with 15 games drawn and Bradford victorious on the other nine fixtures. However, the last time the sides locked horns in West Yorkshire, it was very much a night to forget for The Lions, who had Mark Beevers sent off after five minutes in an FA Cup Third Round replay that the Bantams went on to win 4-0 some 14 months ago.

When we last met

Millwall extended their unbeaten run to six games and moved up to seventh in League One with a hard-fought goal-less draw against Bradford City on 31st October 2015.

In a game high on commitment and endeavour, The Lions were forced to dig deep and stand firm against a physical Bantams team who had keeper Ben Williams to thank for securing a point.

With 16 minutes remaining and the teams locked at 0-0, Williams produced a top drawer reflex save to tip over namesake Shaun Williams' goal-bound shot.

It was the closest either side came to breaking the deadlock with the defences dominant throughout.

Millwall: Archer, Edwards, J.Martin, Craig (Webster, 56mins), Beevers, Ferguson (Onyedinma, 62mins), Williams, Saville, O'Brien, Gregory (Pavey, 90mins), Morison. Subs not used: Forde, Cummings, L.Martin, Powell.  

Bradford City: Williams, Darby, Meredith, Evans, Liddle, Hanson, Burke, Reid (Marshall, 72mins), McArdle, McMahon, Cole (B.Clarke, 80mins). Subs not used: Cracknell, N.Clarke, Knott, Leigh, James.  

Betting

Millwall are 21/10 outsiders for Saturday's Sky Bet League 1 clash at Bradford City, who can be backed at 13/10 with the draw 11/5. 

The Lions have kept a clean sheet in three of their last four outings and Sky Bet go 9/2 that the Lions win to nil in Yorkshire.

Coverage

Over 350 Millwall fans have purchased tickets for Saturday's game at Bradford City. If you are not one of them then don't forget that there is full match commentary on Lions PlayerHD. 
  
Updates from the Coral Windows Stadium will also be available by following @MillwallFC - the club's official Twitter account. 

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