NEIL Harris says he can’t wait for next week’s Sky Bet League One fixture release.
But in a season with no London league derbies to look forward to and with Lions fans facing some long journeys north, the Millwall boss has one wish for the December period.
“I’m really looking forward to seeing what the start of the season is going to look like.”
“We always seem to get an away fixture so it would be nice to have a home game on Boxing Day,” Harris said. “But I’m sure, as ever, we’ll end up travelling somewhere like Peterborough and the fans will have to get up early and travel for a couple of hours, but we’ll see.”
“The local ones are the ones you look forward to and when there’s a big crowd it’s great for the players.
“There aren’t any really close trips but your Southends and your Colchesters, obviously, stand out and Gillingham is always a good one. It’ll be the local one this year so those sort of games will be key and we’ll have a good away following.
“Then you’ve the teams who will come down, the likes of Blackpool and Wigan, they’re going to be strong.”
Harris isn't worried about how the rest of the fixtures will fall but acknowledged that there is an element of luck involved in terms of potentially facing teams on a run of form.
“The league doesn’t really take shape until about 18 games in. You can be top after 10 games and then disappear, or you can start slowly and come strong at the end.
“There’s a lot of luck as well because if you’re catching teams when they’re not having a great run you’ve got a great chance of being in the top six.
“If you’re playing teams who are on a good run it’s really difficult.
“But I’m not fussed about who we play and when.”
Meanwhile, Millwall are one of the seeded sides for next Tuesday’s Capital One Cup first round draw.
In a busy week for fixture releases, the draw will take place the day before the League One provisional schedule for 2015-16 is announced.
The first round ties will commence on the week starting August 10, just three days after the beginning of the league campaign.
Teams will be split into two groups for the draw based on their north or south locations, so Millwall could potentially face Teddy Sheringham’s Stevenage, Portsmouth or Plymouth – in what would be rare trips south next season – or AFC Wimbledon who will all be among the unseeded southern sides.
The Lions beat Wycombe Wanderers in the first round last season before losing 2-0 to Southampton at The Den in the next round.
Accrington Stanley, AFC Wimbledon, Barnet, Bristol Rovers, Burton Albion, Bury, Cambridge United, Carlisle United, Colchester United, Coventry City, Crawley Town, Crewe Alexandra, Dagenham & Redbridge, Doncaster Rovers, Exeter City, Hartlepool United, Leyton Orient, Luton Town, Mansfield Town, Morecambe, Newport County, Northampton Town, Notts County, Oldham Athletic, Oxford United, Plymouth Argyle, Port Vale, Portsmouth, Scunthorpe United, Shrewsbury Town, Southend United, Stevenage, Walsall, Wycombe Wanderers, Yeovil Town, York City.