NEWSATDEN looks at all of Millwall’s 23 opponents ahead of the 2017-18 Championship season.
Next up, Lucas Ball casts an eye over Hull City.
Nickname: The Tigers
Manager: Leonid Slutsky
Stadium: KCOM Stadium (25,404)
Club website: www.hullcitytigers.com
Nearest train station: Hull Paragon Interchange
Postcode: HU3 6HU
Title odds (Sky Bet): 14/1
Last meeting: Championship – Millwall 0-1 Hull City (February 2, 2013)
Position: 18th in Premier League
Goals for: 37
Goals against: 80
Top league goal scorer: Robert Snodgrass (7)
Ins: Liam Edwards (free); Ola Aina (loan)
Outs: Harry Maguire (£11.65mil); Tom Huddlestone (£1.87mil); Johan Ter Horst (free); Josh Tymon (free); Curtis Davies (undisclosed); Alex Bruce (released); Shaun Maloney (released)
Hull’s new boss Leonid Slutsky will probably have to bring in a few more players if the Tigers are to challenge for a return to the Premier League at the first time of asking.
A host of key players have left the club, with Andrew Robertson and goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic also looking like they are on their way out.
Centre-back Harry Maguire, one of their most consistent performers last season, joined Leicester City. Two of their most experienced players, Curtis Davies and former Spurs man Tom Huddlestone, both signed for Derby County, and highly rated youngster Josh Tymon terminated his scholarship to link up with Mark Hughes’ Stoke City.
That leaves Hull with a thin squad, but there will be money to be invested.
Liam Edwards joined on a free from Swansea’s under-18s and is likely to be loaned out this season meaning that Ola Aina – signed on loan from Chelsea – is the only real first-team transfer of note as yet. Slutsky is reportedly good friends with Roman Ambramovic, so Aina may not be the only player to move from Stamford Bridge to the KCOM this summer.
Tigers fans will expect a promotion push given the advantage Premier League parachute payments give relegated clubs in the transfer market, but with what will be a new squad and a manager who hasn’t managed in England before, it may not be as easy as supporters think.
Millwall vs. Hull City (November 21, 2017)
Hull City vs. Millwall (March 6, 2017)