Leeds United are a side riding high in the Sky Bet Championship table, the Whites scintillating form having driven them to top the table after seven unbeaten games.
14 goals, a fizzing midfield five and a huge threat throughout the team is what the unbeaten West Yorkshire side will bring to Millwall’s New Den ground today as the Whites look to put the 19th-placed home side to the sword.
Millwall themselves have just the one win this season in a somewhat patchy record, a 4-0 thrashing of Norwich City three games ago. Last time out 10-man Millwall saw fellow Londoners QPR battle back for a later derby draw, former Leeds striker Matt Smith hitting a late equaliser.
However, according to Millwall boss Neil Harris, the London side have a plan in place for Leeds United, one that he revealed in an article in the South London Press and Mercury. For Harris, the baseline of his plan is to make sure a bear-pit atmosphere is in place for the visitors. It is that simple for Harris who said: “We’ve got to make The Den as hostile and loud as we possibly can and the players will respond.”
Harris does admit that it will be hard, calling the visiting Whites “a talented side” but says that his side will “play on the front foot and be aggressive.”
Aside from his plan to ramp up the atmosphere at the New Den, to create some hostility, Harris also has a more definite game plan in place that he hopes will counter Leeds United’s threat and bring success for his steeds. On his plan Harris says: “They are not conceding goals but this is a chance for us to break them down and create opportunities. We’ve certainly done that, scoring eight goals in three matches at The Den.”
Whether Harris’ Millwall side, minus forwards Lee Gregory (suspended) and former Leeds youngster Tom Elliott (injured), can achieve his plans is another matter, but it will be an intriguing game nonetheless.