It’s a trip to Yorkshire this weekend for Neil Harris and his side as they make the trip to Bramall Lane to face high-flying Sheffield United.
It is coming up to the business end of the season and although Millwall are unbeaten in their last two games with two clean sheets, the visit to the Blades who currently sit in third place in the table will be a daunting one. Chris Wilder’s men are currently just outside the automatic promotion places by just a point and have been involved in a three way scrap for a top-two place for the majority of the season. Millwall on the other hand are still dangerously close to the Championship relegation zone so need a win just as bad as their opponents.
The league head-to-head sees an identical return of wins, with 21 victories for each side over the years and 9 draws. The earlier fixture at The Den saw United run out 3-2 winners against the Lions, so Neil Harris will be looking to rectify this and attempt to leave Sheffield with the three points.
Haven't we met before?...
Sheffield United 1-2 Millwall, Saturday 24th October 2015 - Two goals either side of a Jose Baxter goal from Aiden O’Brien was enough to secure the win for the away side in a game that was dominated by the Lions. It was United who could have took the lead early on when Che Adams’ shot from distance was on target, but luckily the woodwork saved Neil Harris’ blushes before Aiden O’Brien’s goals took Millwall closer to the play-off places.
Sheffield United defender Jack O'Connell remains a doubt with a calf injury. Gary Madine returned from suspension in the draw at Birmingham City and could come into the starting line-up.
Shane Ferguson is available for selection after serving his three match ban he received in the FA Cup against Brighton & Hove Albion. Murray Wallace and Tom Bradshaw continue to be Millwall’s only long-term absentees. Jordan Archer and Shaun Hutchinson may be rested as they continue to recover from illness.
THE ONE TO WATCH -
Billy Sharp is the type of player who has been around forever, yet age hasn’t slowed him down one bit. A dangerous striker who only ever needs half a chance to find the back of the net, Sharp’s 24 goals in all competitions this season at the age of 33 years of age shows that he can still deliver and he still has plenty of quality years left in him. Millwall will have to be made wary of the second top goal scorer in the league when they visit Bramall Lane, and if Sharp is on his day he will not make it easy for them.
WHO ARE YA?
For this week's 'Who Are Ya?', we speak again with our friend Trevor Payling from the Sheffield United Suporters' Club. This week we ask Trevor what he thinks of the season so far, why Billy Sharp is such an integral part of the squad and who Millwall will need to look out for.
1. So we are getting to the end of the season, how are the nerves?
Nerves for me are ok, plenty are not so calm, it has to be said. We have been relatively consistent this Season, so I expect no change.
2. It’s been a great battle so far at the top of the table and you are just outside the top two by one point. Do you think you can make the top and if not, how do you think you’ll fare in the play-offs?
I feel it will go right down to the wire, one slip either way by ourselves or Leeds could be telling, but Chris Wilder has instilled something into these players, they are as close a unit as I have witnessed in all my time watching The Blades (50+ Years Now). So they will keep battling, if that were to mean the Play-Offs, then I feel we are better equipped, squad and quality wise, than on other occasions.
3. Our earlier game at The Den was an eventful affair and you just nicked it by the one goal. Do you think this weekend’s game will be similar?
This isn’t an easy one to answer, the form of both teams has been different, I have been surprised by Millwalls’ League Position, I expect us to start quickly, it has been a trait at Home, there hopefully will be a big crowd to shout the Lads on, If I’m honest I expect a home win.
4. Billy Sharp has been amazing this season and considering his age, is one of the more deadly strikers in the division. What is it about Sheffield United that seems to bring out the best in him?
Billy Sharp is a born Blade, his Manager is a Born Blade, the Co-Owner is a Born Blade, that is not a bad starting Point, Billy is playing as well as he ever has for the Club, he was made Captain immediately by Chris Wilder, they know what the Supporters want from the players, perhaps that added responsibility is a factor, he is a natural Goal Scorer, he just get’s into the right place at the right time.
5. Which player(s) do Millwall need to look out for?
A couple to watch will be Olly Norwood and John Fleck, plus Billy, of course.
6. What do you think the score will be?
As for the score....Home win 2-1, fingers crossed.
PREDICTION: Sheffield UNITED 1-1 MILLWALL
This will be a tough ask for Neil Harris’ side, but if Millwall can replicate the recent performance against West Bromwich Albion then the Lions could get something out of this game. This will be a stern test and I can see goals, but a score draw and a valuable point is my prediction for this one.
Come on you Lions.