CHAIRMAN John Berylson believes beaten play-off finalists Blackpool will provide the perfect test for Millwall on the opening day of the 2012-13 Championship season.
Berylson, who has flown to London from America to oversee contract talks with three of the Lions' key stars, is delighted that Ian Holloway's side will travel to The Den to kick-off the new campaign on August 18.
"We're beginning where we ended," he told the club's official site. "We played Blackpool on the last day of last season and now face them on the first day of the new season.
"I was thinking for some time who would I want to meet for our first game, and I think that in Blackpool, we have a perfect test.
"We have been historically weak at the start of the season in all my years here, this time we will see how we have progressed. We know Blackpool are a strong, well managed side and this will tell us a lot what we have to do with the team, or not have to do with the team."