Millwall vs Preston preview
Last Updated: 22/02/19 10:05am
Millwall will have Alex Pearce available again when they face Preston in the Championship on Saturday.
The on-loan defender sat out the midweek win over his parent club Derby and boss Neil Harris now has a decision to make after Shaun Hutchinson impressed in his place.
Northern Ireland defender Conor McLaughlin will once again miss out with a quad injury. Striker Tom Bradshaw remains a long-term absentee with a knee problem, though it is hoped he can play again this season.
Preston have no new injury concerns and with his side unbeaten in their last seven outings, Alex Neil will be in no rush to make unnecessary changes. Neil has praised the attitude of his second string after watching the reserves hand out thrashings in recent weeks but that does not mean he is ready to tinker with a winning formula.
Strikers Callum Robinson and Louis Moult remain sidelined with hamstring problems, but are closing in on a return to training. Goalkeeper Connor Ripley remains out with an ankle injury, while midfielders Billy Bodin and Josh Harrop (both ACL) are still sidelined.
Millwall are unbeaten in three home matches against Preston North End in all competitions (W2 D1) since losing 1-2 in September 2005.
Preston are looking to complete a league double over Millwall for the first time since the 2005-06 season.
Millwall haven't drawn three consecutive home league games goalless since December 2003.
Preston have won their last five league matches against London opposition, including a 3-2 win over Millwall at Deepdale this season.
Millwall are the only Championship team yet to score a home league goal in 2019.
Preston haven't won four consecutive away league matches in the top two tiers of English football since November 1959.
David Prutton predicts: 1-2 (9/1 with Sky Bet)