Leeds Utd v Millwall preview

Team news ahead of Saturday's Championship clash between Leeds United and Millwall at Elland Road (kick-off 12.30pm).

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McCormack: Dropped in midweek

McCormack: Dropped in midweek

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Leeds manager Simon Grayson must decide whether to recall leading goalscorer Ross McCormack to his starting line-up against Millwall.

Grayson opted to drop McCormack and go with a lone striker in the form of Luciano Becchio for the thumping midweek win at Nottingham Forest.

Veteran midfielder Michael Brown also made his first start in almost three months, while Grayson opted to switch Danny Pugh to left-back and utilise Aidy White's pace on the left wing.

Grayson's tactical reshuffle on Tuesday night also allowed for Jonny Howson to play in a more attacking midfield role and the whole team responded with one of their best displays of the season.

Grayson has no new injury or suspension worries as his side bid to register their first home league win in five attempts, their last success coming on October 1.

But defender Darren O'Dea, winger Ramon Nunez, McCormack and fellow striker Andy Keogh are all pushing for recalls.

The match at Elland Road will be an emotional occassion as the club pays tribute to Gary Speed, who tragically died on Sunday. Speed began his career at Leeds and his widow Louise will be at Elland Road as Leeds pay their respects to their former midfielder.

Former United midfielders Gordon Strachan, David Batty and Gary McAllister will also return to Elland Road to pay their respects to Speed.

Millwall can welcome captain Paul Robinson and top scorer Darius Henderson back into their starting line-up for the trip to west Yorkshire.

Robinson should come back in at centre-half after sitting out the 3-2 win over Doncaster on Tuesday night through suspension, and nine-goal striker Henderson returned as a substitute to score the third after recovering from a foot injury.

Darren Ward is likely to step aside for Robinson and Henderson is set to replace youngster John Marquis in attack.

Steve Mildenhall continues in goal with David Forde still missing with a thigh problem which could keep him out until Christmas.

Defender Jordan Stewart has a groin injury and midfielder Tamika Mkandawire is a long-term casualty after a knee operation.

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Championship Fixtures

Saturday, 13 September 2014
12:15
Birmingham v Leeds  
15:00
Blackburn v Wigan  
Blackpool v Wolves  
Bolton v Sheff Wed  
Bournemth v Rotherham  
Brentford v Brighton  
Cardiff v Norwich  
Charlton v Watford  
Huddersfld v M'boro  
Ipswich v Millwall  

Sky Bet Championship

Position Team P GD PTS
1 N Forest 5 8 13
2 Watford 5 7 12
3 Wolves 5 4 12
4 Norwich 5 5 10
5 Millwall 5 3 10
6 Charlton 5 2 9
7 Derby 5 4 8
8 Brentford 5 2 8
9 Cardiff 5 2 8
10 Sheff Wed 5 1 8
11 Bournemth 5 3 7
12 Wigan 5 3 7
13 Brighton 5 1 7
14 Blackburn 5 -2 7
15 Reading 5 -3 7
16 M'boro 5 0 6
17 Rotherham 5 -3 6
18 Leeds 5 -5 6
19 Ipswich 5 -1 5
20 Birmingham 5 -5 5
21 Huddersfld 5 -7 4
22 Bolton 5 -6 1
23 Fulham 5 -7 1
24 Blackpool 5 -6 0

Updated Sat, 30 Aug 2014

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