NEWSATDEN looks at all of Millwall’s 23 opponents ahead of the 2017-18 Championship season.
Next up, Lucas Ball casts an eye over Ian Holloway’s Queens Park Rangers.
Nickname: The Hoops/The Rs
Manager: Ian Holloway
Stadium: Loftus Road (18,439)
Club website: www.qpr.co.uk
Nearest train station: Shepherd’s Bush
Postcode: W12 7PJ
Title odds (Sky Bet): 66/1
Last meeting: Championship – QPR 1-1 Millwall (April 26, 2014; Loftus Road)
Position: 18th in Sky Bet Championship
Goals for: 52
Goals against: 66
Top league goal scorer: Idrissa Sylla (10)
Ins: Charlie Owens (free); Josh Scowen (free)
Outs: Ben Gladwin (undisclosed); Michael Doughty (undisclosed); Karl Henry (released)
Former Millwall boss Ian Holloway will be given a hostile reception on his return to The Den before the turn of the year, but will be hoping for better fortunes this season compared to last.
Holloway’s record since taking over from former Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is questionable, with just a 32 per cent win rate over 31 competitive games. His transfer dealings so far this summer haven’t sparked much hope that that will much improve next season.
The Rs are one of the favourites for relegation in 2017-18, and if they went down it would be their first time in the third tier since 2003-04.
Financial Fair Play rules mean that QPR have a limited transfer budget after exceeding spending limits when they were in the Premier League. They spent over the odds, particularly on wages as they tried to establish themselves as a top-flight side and are now feeling the pinch. Holloway may find it difficult to attract the quality of players he feels he needs for a promotion challenge.
Lions supporters will have eagerly pencilled in September 12 in their diaries – their first visit to Loftus Road in more than three years.
QPR vs. Millwall (Tuesday, September 12, 2017)
Millwall vs. QPR (Friday December 29, 2017)
Scott Malone’s injury-time equaliser in the last meeting between the sides gave Millwall hope of staying up going into the last day. With Holloway in charge they managed it by beating AFC Bournemouth at The Den.