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Preview: Millwall (A)

29 March 2018

After the two-week international break, Sky Bet Championship football returns tomorrow as Nottingham Forest visit Millwall (kick-off 1pm).

The Reds go into the Easter weekend on the back of a seven-match unbeaten run and will be hoping to complete a league double over Millwall after the 1-0 win on the opening day of the season.

Three clean sheets in a row preceded the break to emphasise how far Forest have come defensively, but the goalless draws have highlighted the need to add a goalscoring touch which Aitor Karanka will hope arrives at The Den.

Millwall have been in impressive form themselves as they make a late and unexpected push for the play-offs. The Lions' first season back in the second tier started in difficult fashion but they have found their feet to set up an interesting match on Good Friday.

See below for the pre-match views from the Forest camp.

Team news

There are a few question marks in the Forest squad with injuries. Kieran Dowell returned from international duty earlier with a knock so is doubtful for the trip to South London, as are Daryl Murphy and Matty Cash. 

David Vaughan remains sidelined but Jack Hobbs will be pushing to be involved as he continues his recovery from injury.

From the opposition

Millwall boss Neil Harris believes this weekend could be a defining one for many teams pushing towards the top end of the Sky Bet Championship table.

The Lions' form since the turn of the year has seen them move into contention for a play-off spot and Harris will be hoping to continue their form against Forest tomorrow.

"We are in a fantastic position with eight games to go but the job's not done yet," Harris told millwallfc.co.uk. "It's a massive weekend for us.

"Is it make or break? Yes, it certainly is for a lot of teams and we are one of them. A good points total has us in the mix and we want to continue that good run of form that we've been in.

"We look forward to carrying momentum from our unbeaten run in the League. Forest are a big club and we need to impose ourselves on the game on Friday."

He added: "All players are back in this week and they will be hungry.

"It's always good when fixtures have been so intense and we have been going so well that you can give the players some time away. They need a break from the training ground and certainly a break from hearing my voice everyday.

"It's a bit of a strange period at this time of year where you don't see a lot of the lads for 13 days over the international break, but that's the football calendar. Everyone is back now and we will prepare for the remaining eight games." 

One to watch - Lee Gregory

Millwall's joint leading marksman, Lee Gregory is set to be The Lions' main goal threat at The Den on Friday.

The 29-year-old has hit nine goals so far this season, including one in the 2-0 win against Barnsley last time out, and his work rate and endeavour are set to keep the Forest defence busy tomorrow afternoon.

Last time out

Tickets

Tickets are no longer on sale via the Nottingham Forest ticket office and there will be no tickets available on the day at The Den.

Coverage

The game will be shown live on iFollow Forest for international subscribers, while audio commentary will also be available.

There will be full coverage via the club's official social media channels and in the Match Centre.

Other fixtures

All fixtures to be played at 3pm on Good Friday unless otherwise stated:

Barnsley v Bristol City
Brentford v Sheffield United
Cardiff v Burton
Leeds v Bolton
Norwich v Fulham
Sheffield Wednesday v Preston
Middlesbrough v Wolves (5.30pm)
Reading v QPR (5.30pm)
Derby v Sunderland (7.45pm)
Birmingham v Ipswich (Saturday, 3pm)
Hull v Aston Villa (Saturday, 5.30pm)


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