Millwall v Cardiff. Match preview

By Michael Morris
Last updated : 09 February 2018

Millwall are expected to make numerous changes from the team that lost 1-0 at Rochdale in the FA Cup on Tuesday when they host Cardiff.

Manager Neil Harris started with strikers Steve Morison and Lee Gregory on the bench but both are expected to return. New signings Jason Shackell, Harry Toffolo and Ben Marshall are all also in contention, while Tim Cahill may be involved, depending on a late fitness test.

Aiden O'Brien, due to injured ankle ligaments, and Byron Webster, recovering from a long-term knee injury, are Harris' only absentees.

Cardiff defender Joe Bennett is available after serving a one-match ban. But Bennett, who was sent off in the FA Cup defeat to Manchester City, might struggle to displace Armand Traore, who made his debut in last weekend's 4-1 win at Leeds.

Deadline-day signing Gary Madine is also set to lead the line again after also making his debut at Elland Road. Craig Bryson, Lee Peltier and Matthew Connolly are all nearing full fitness after recent injuries, while Aron Gunnarsson could return next month after ankle damage.

Opta stats

The Lions have lost just one of their last 11 home matches against Cardiff in all competitions (W4 D6).

Cardiff haven't scored in any of their last three league matches against Millwall since Rudy Gestede scored the winner in a December 2012 victory.

Millwall have only lost four of their last 35 home matches in all competitions (W21 D10).

Cardiff are winless in nine league visits to London (D5 L4) since winning 2-1 at Brentford in March 2015.

Steve Morison has had a hand in six of Millwall's last nine league goals (two goals, four assists).

Cardiff have scored four goals in two of their last three away matches (both 4-1 wins against Mansfield and Leeds), having scored four times in just one of their previous 122 away matches in all competitions.

Match officials

Referee: KEITH STROUD
Assistants: James Mainwaring and Nick Greenhalgh
Fourth Official: Andy Davies

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