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Match preview: Millwall (A)

23 August 2016

A place in the third round of the EFL Cup is the prize for the winners of the clash between Nottingham Forest and Millwall at The Den this evening (kick-off 7.45pm).

With 10 goals scored and 11 conceded, it has been a helter-skelter start to the season for Nottingham Forest and the next test for Philippe Montanier's side comes against League One outfit Millwall in the EFL Cup second round.

Forest's 2-1 win at Doncaster Rovers in the first round set up tonight's clash at The Den and Montanier says the game will give him a good opportunity to have a look at some of the younger members of his first-team squad.

The Reds met Millwall in the second round of the League Cup in the 2013-14 season with goals from Matt Derbyshire and Jamaal Lascelles earning Forest a 2-1 win at The City Ground and a trip to Burnley in the next round.

Forest will have Damien Perquis back in contention after the defender completed his one-match suspension against Wigan on Saturday but Britt Assombalonga could be rested after picking up a hamstring strain at the weekend.

Philippe Montanier is expected to give game-time to some of his young players with the likes of Matty Cash, Joe Worrall, Jordan Gabriel, Ryan Yates and Jordan Smith all hoping to play a part in South London.

Millwall will be without the services of defender Shaun Hutchinson as he continues to recover from an ankle injury while striker Lee Gregory faces a race against time to be fit after suffering a hip problem on Saturday.

Nottingham Forest

Hull City (H) - Lost 2-1
Burton Albion (H) - Won 4-3
Doncaster Rovers (A) - Won 2-1
Brighton and Hove Albion (A) - Lost 3-0
Brentford (A) - Lost 1-0
Wigan Athletic (H) - Won 4-3

Millwall

Brentford (H) - Drew 1-1
Oldham Athletic (H) - Won 3-0
Barnet (A) - Won 4-0
Milton Keynes Dons (A) - Drew 2-2
Peterborough United (A) - Lost 5-1
Sheffield United (H) - Won 2-1


Lee Gregory

Former Halifax Town striker Lee Gregory made quite an impact for Millwall last season as his 27 goals helped fire them to the League One play-off final where they were eventually beaten 3-1 by Barnsley at Wembley.

He got the new campaign up and running, scoring a penalty in The Lions' 3-0 win over Oldham Athletic on the opening day of the season, and his direct running and keen eye for goal can cause problems for any defence.

Neil Harris: "I do think it's ridiculous having to play so many games straight out of pre-season. I thought we were a little bit nervy and tentative in the first half against Sheffield United. We certainly showed more energy and tempo in the second half.

"We're looking forward to Tuesday night against a team who have been scoring a lot of goals, but I will change the side again to give others a chance to impress and then we have another big game at Chesterfield."

Tickets for Nottingham Forest's trip to Millwall are still available via tickets.nottinghamforest.co.uk, by calling 0115 982 4388 or by visiting the ticket office in-person.

Tickets will also be on sale on arrival at The Den from the North Stand ticket office where both cash and card payments are accepted. Pre-paid collections will also be located at the same ticket office. 

Prices are as follows:

Adults: £10
Seniors (over 60 years of age): £5
16 and under: £5

Live audio commentary of the game will be available on Forest Player HD from 7pm while there will also be live text commentary available on the Forest Wall and on the club's Twitter page from 7.15pm.

Forest Player HD will also have extended match highlights from 12am on Thursday morning, as well as all the reaction from the Forest camp after the game.

To win:

Millwall - 7/5
Draw - 12/5
Nottingham Forest - 19/10

To score first:

Jamie Paterson - 17/2
Oliver Burke - 9/1
Matty Cash - 14/1

Fixtures to be played at 7.45pm on Tuesday unless stated

Crystal Palace v Blackpool (Tuesday, kick-off 7.30pm)
Blackburn v Crewe
Burton Albion v Liverpool
Chelsea v Bristol Rovers
Derby v Carlisle
Everton v Yeovil
Exeter v Hull
Luton v Leeds
Newcastle v Cheltenham
Northampton v West Bromwich Albion
Norwich v Coventry
Oxford v Brighton
Peterborough v Swansea
Preston v Oldham
QPR v Rochdale
Scunthorpe v Bristol City
Stevenage v Stoke
Watford v Gillingham
Wolves v Cambridge
Reading v MK Dons (Tuesday, kick-off 8pm)
Accrington Stanley v Burnley (Wednesday, kick-off 7.45pm)
Fulham v Middlesbrough (Wednesday, kick-off 7.45pm)
Morecambe v Bournemouth (Wednesday, kick-off 7.45pm)
Sunderland v Shrewsbury (Wednesday, kick-off 7.45pm)

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