NEWSATDEN looks at all 23 of Millwall’s Championship opponents ahead of the new season.
Next up, Lucas Ball casts an eye over Millwall’s first opponents, Nottingham Forest.
Nickname: The Reds/ Forest
Manager: Mark Warburton
Stadium: City Ground (30,576)
Club website: www.nottinghamforest.co.uk
Nearest train station: Nottingham
Postcode: NG2 3AQ
Title odds (Sky Bet): 40/1
Last meeting: EFL Cup – Millwall 1-2 Nottingham Forest (August 23, 2016; The Den)
Position: 21st in Sky Bet Championship
Goals for: 62
Goals against: 72
Top league goal scorer: Britt Assambalonga (14)
Ins: Daryl Murphy (£1.96mil); Barrie McKay (£727k); Liam Bossin (free); Jason Cummings (undisclosed)
Outs: Britt Assombalonga (£14.54mil); Dani Pinillos (free); Jorge Grant (loan); Gboly Ariyibi (loan); Matty Fryatt (free); Damien Perquis (undisclosed)
Millwall’s opening-day opponents have money to spend after key man Britt Assombalonga moved to Middlesbrough for almost £15million. Mark Warburton’s side escaped relegation by the skin of their teeth last season, and will be hoping for a less nervy campaign this time around.
Four players have joined already, with less than £3million spent, leaving them with room to manoeuvre either in this window or January if they feel the need to strengthen then.
Warburton will have his side well drilled and organised for 2017-18, but it is rather surprising that he has not added more players to the defence, particularly after they conceded 72 goals last season.
Barry McKay was a player the former Bees manager already knew from his time at Rangers, and he will hope to prove his manager made the right choice by bringing him south of the border.
Experienced striker Darryl Murphy also moved to the City Ground from Newcastle, and Forest fans will hope he can be the man to replace Assombalonga. Murphy offers something different to Assombalonga, and could be effective if Forest play a direct style.
Nottingham Forest vs. Millwall (Friday August 4, 2017)
Millwall vs. Nottingham Forest (Friday March 30, 2018)
Shaun Williams’ immense halfway-line goal was not enough to beat Forest last time around as a young Lions side exited the EFL Cup in the second round.