NEWSATDEN looks at all of Millwall’s 23 opponents ahead of the 2017-18 Championship season.
Next up, Lucas Ball casts an eye over Brentford.
Manager: Dean Smith
Stadium: Griffin Park (12,300)
Club website: www.brentfordfc.com
Postcode: TW8 0NT
Nearest train station: Brentford
Title odds (Sky Bet): 25/1
Last meeting: Championship – Brentford 2-2 Millwall, March 21, 2015
Position: 10th in Sky Bet Championship
Goals for: 75
Goals against: 65
Top league goal scorer: Lasse Vibe (16)
Ins: Henrik Dalsgaard, Luke Daniels
Outs: Philipp Hofmann, Alan McCormack, Jack Bonham (loan), Konstantin Kerschbaumer (loan)
One key piece of business for boss Dean Smith was activating a clause in attacking midfielder Jota’s contract to extend his deal by a further 12 months.
Jota scored 12 goals and contributed five assists in 23 games after Brentford recalled him from a loan spell with Eibar last December.
For the second summer in a row former Walsall boss Smith also dipped into League One for a goalkeeper. Luke Daniels joined from Scunthorpe after their promotion hopes ended with defeat to Millwall in the play-off semi-finals, and he will provide competition for ex-Southend stopper Daniel Bentley.
The Bees splashed out close to £1million to sign Danish international Henrik Dalsgaard from Belgian top-flight club Zulte Waregem. He can play at right-back or on the right wing.
Midfielders Jan Holldack and Akaki Gogia returned to the club from loan spells at Wuppertaler SV and Dynamo Dresden, respectively, but it remains to be seen what Smith’s plans are for those two players.
Alan McCormack – whom Millwall considered a move for before they were promoted – was out of contract and joined Luton. Menwhile, Philipp Hofmann’s move to Greuther Furth earned the club almost three-quarters of a million pounds.
Former Arsenal midfielder Nico Yennaris has signed a new four-year deal as Smith looks to build on last season’s impressive 10th-place finish in the Championship.
Millwall’s last meeting with Brentford was Lions boss Neil Harris’ third game in charge after he had taken over from Ian Holloway. Lee Gregory and Aiden O’Brien put the away side two goals up at Griffin Park before Brentford scored twice in the final five minutes to leave Millwall seven points off safety in the Championship.
Brentford vs. Millwall (Saturday, October 14)
Millwall vs. Brentford (Saturday, March 10)
Millwall were denied in injury-time in the last meeting between the sides.