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Match Preview: Brentford vs Millwall

London derby action comes to Griffin Park on Saturday

2 November 2018

THE OPPOSITION

There appear to be two Millwall's in the Sky Bet Championship this term; the one which looks unbeatable on home soil, winning their last three, and the one which has just two points from a possible 21 on the road. Put together, those contrasting runs have The Lions sitting 18th in the table heading into tomorrow's game with 16 points from their 15 matches. 

The Lions were dealt a big blow just hours before the summer transfer window closed as last season's joint-top scorer George Saville departed for Middlesbrough on loan with a view to a permanent deal in January. His loss was offset by the arrival of Bolton Wanderers' Jem Karacan, Ryan Leonard from Southend United, and Jiri Skalak who joined from Brighton and Hove Albion. 

Lee Gregory (pictured above) is The Lions' current top scorer with five. Behind Gregory and Shaun Williams, who has three, it has been defenders Jake Cooper and Murray Wallace who have chipped in with the goals this term for Neil Harris' side.

TEAM NEWS

Millwall's major injury doubt is Jed Wallace who has been struggling in recent weeks with a calf injury. The Lions have been boosted by the return of Shaun Hutchinson after ten weeks out with a knee injury. 

For Brentford, Rico Henry and Emiliano Marcondes are both nearing full fitness but tomorrow's game will come too early for them. Julian Jeanvier has also missed the last three games with a foot injury but Josh Dasilva came through 90 minutes for Brentford B in flying colours last Wednesday against Southampton. 

THE MANAGER

A legend on the pitch, Neil Harris is fast becoming a legend off it too as he continues his remarkable managerial job at The Den. The 41-year-old spent ten years with Millwall over two spells. He scored 138 goals in all competitions, beating the previous record held by Teddy Sheringham. Harris also battled and beat testicular cancer during a playing career that took him to Cardiff City and Nottingham Forest and Gillingham but was mostly spent at Millwall.

Harris had a spell as caretaker boss during the 2013/14 season, having worked with the Under-21 side at The Den after his playing career ended. When Holloway left, Harris took over again but couldn’t keep Millwall in the second tier. He was given the job permanently in the summer of 2015 and in his first two full seasons led The Lions to the Play-Off Final and then promotion before guiding them to a superb eighth place finish last term. 

LAST-TIME AROUND

PRE-MATCH FEATURES

REWIND: Thomas Frank looks ahead to tomorrow's match

READY: Romaine Sawyers wants players to demand more from each other

READ: John Kelly analyses The Lions' start to 18/19

REF WATCH: Scott Duncan the referee this weekend

TICKETS AND TRAVEL

Back Thomas Frank as he takes charge of The Bees tomorrow afternoon. Get your tickets before 10am on matchday and save £5. Buy your tickets online here

Supporters heading to this Saturday’s game against Bristol City should be aware of major roadworks on the A4 which will affect journey times to Griffin Park. There are currently weekend closures of the A4, in both directions, between Clayponds Avenue and Ealing Road. There is also one lane closed Eastbound between Boston Manor Road and Ealing Road.

There is also a South West Railway strike meaning no services to or from Brentford station tomorrow. For further details click here

MATCH COVERAGE

Matchday Live will be brought to you from Griffin Park with live iFollow commentary and analysis from the New Road Stand. Mark Burridge is your host, and he'll be joined by Mick Cabble and Greville Waterman from 2.30pm.

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