Leeds United will host Ian Holloway’s Millwall at Elland Road this afternoon, as a host of Championship matches are played alongside the fifth round of the FA Cup.
Both sides will view this match as an opportunity to improve their respective league positions, as Leeds are currently 17th in the Championship, while Millwall sit in the relegation zone at 22nd.
Although, Leeds will be going into this match following a good run of form, as they have won three of their last four league matches, including victories over Reading, Huddersfield and promotion-chasing Bournemouth.
While Ian Holloway will hope that his side can win the tie, there is also no doubt that the Millwall manager will closely monitor the referee’s performance throughout the match. Holloway recently stated that “the same for them and the same for us” did not apply to the refereeing decisions made in the recent 0-0 draw with Reading.
In their last three matches since that draw, Millwall have beaten Nottingham Forest, lost to Huddersfield and beaten Birmingham, and such form suggests that they can avoid relegation.
In regards to team news, Leeds’ Tommaso Bianchi will be out for the rest of the season after suffering knee ligament damage, while Liam Cooper will need to be assessed ahead of the match.
It is expected that Sol Bamba and Giuseppe Bellusci will start for Neil Redfearn’s side.
Paris Cowan-Hall, Nicky Bailey and Carlos Edwards will all be unavailable for Ian Holloway, but the Millwall manager will be able to use Sid Nelson as he has returned from suspension.Leeds and Millwall both need to improve their respective league positions, but as they have both performed well recently, a draw is likely.
Leeds Likely Starting XI: Silvestri, Wootton, Bamba, Bellusci, Taylor, Murphy, Sloth, Byram, Cook, Mowatt, Morison