Millwall is no easy game, no matter how they have started the season. It has never been an easy place to go but we are more than capable of a win tomorrow at the New Den and to make that happen we need to be at our very best. A win would see us stay top of the table, no bigger incentive at this stage of the season.
GK – Felix Wiedwald – The German sweeper keeper has been in focus in recent days after keeping his 6th clean sheet on the bounce. This will be his toughest test yet with Millwall certain to get balls into the box at every opportunity. His strength and handling will be in focus come 3pm tomorrow.
RB – Luke Ayling – Consistent and solid so far this season. Took the captains armband on Tuesday after Liam Cooper went off injured and will need to be aware of the long diagonals that Millwall are likely to send in the early stages of the game.
CB – Pontus Jansson – This is a game that Jansson will love. He will be dealing with ex-Leeds striker Steve Morison who is an entirely different player to the man who left Leeds a year ago. A physical match-up that will be a key battle in the game.
CB – Liam Cooper – The skipper looks set to be fit and that is great news with one of the most in-form players in the league crucial to our chances of getting the points tomorrow. His distribution will be important tomorrow because keeping the ball from Millwall and frustrating the home crowd is always a must at the New Den.
LB – Cameron Borthwick-Jackson – The Manchester United loanee is more physical that Vurnon Anita and that may well be key in the game tomorrow. He is also very good in the air which I think will be important against the London side.
CM – Eunan O’Kane – This is the perfect game for the Irish playmaker. Millwall will hassle and harass us and finding space will come when they begin to tire. When that does happen his driving from midfield will get us up the park very quickly.
CM – Kalvin Phillips – Hard to take Phillips out of the side at the moment, his form the best it has ever been in a Leeds United shirt. His aggression and ability to make his presence felt in the final third which we didn’t know much about until Thomas Christiansen arrived.
RW – Gjanni Alioski – Alioski has been much better away from home, there is no doubt about that. He is such a crucial outlet and his skill and running will cause all sorts of problems for the Millwall defence who won’t have faced anyone like him before.
CAM – Samu Saiz – Saiz is always the key player in reality. If he plays well, we play well it’s as simple as that.
LW – Stuart Dallas – If any player deserves a chance in the first-team at the moment it’s Stuart Dallas. He has made an impact almost every time he has come off the bench and has scored more gaols than the player he would be replacing in Pablo Hernandez.
ST – Kemar Roofe – With Lasogga awaiting the birth of his child he may well not be there if something happens anyway and he looked shattered on Tuesday and hobbled off the park. Roofe led the line brilliantly at Forest and that style of play could suit us better tomorrow.