2018-19 Championship preview: West Brom

NEWSATDEN looks at all of Millwall’s 23 opponents in the 2018-19 Championship season.

Next up, Lucas Ball examines the prospects of West Bromwich Albion.

Name: West Bromwich Albion

Nickname: The Baggies

Manager: Darren Moore

Stadium: The Hawthorns [26,850]

Postcode: B71 4LF

Club website:  www.wba.co.uk

Nearest train station: The Hawthorns

Match-day directions: footballgroundguide

Pre-season promotion odds (Sky Bet): 11/4

Last meeting: Division One – Millwall 1-1 West Brom; April 12, 2004

Last season: 20th in Premier League [relegated]

Goals for: 31

Goals against: 56

Top league goal scorer: Jay Rodriguez (11)

First-team 2018-19 transfers

Ins: Sam Johnstone [£7.35 million from Manchester United]; Kyle Bartley [£4.5 million from Swansea]; Conor Townsend [£800k from Scunthorpe]; Jonathon Bond [free transfer from Reading]; Tosin Adarabioyo [loan from Manchester City]; Harvey Barnes [loan from Leicester]; Dwight Gayle (on loan from Newcastle]

Outs: James McClean [£5.6 million to Stoke]; Jonny Evans [£4 million to Leicester]; Yuning Zhang [loan to ADO Den Haag]; Ben Foster [undisclosed to Watford]; Gareth Macauley; Claudio Yacob [both released]; Salomon Rondon [loan to Newcastle]

West Brom look like they could be one of the most exciting sides to watch this season. There has been plenty of goals so far. They won 4-3 at Norwich last season after a 1-1 draw at Nottingham Forest and 2-1 defeat at home to Bolton on the opening day.

Manager Darren Moore showed his potential by almost performing a miracle and keeping the Baggies in the Premier League last season.

And he has brought in players with plenty of experience in this league, as well as signing Dwight Gayle on loan from Newcastle. The likes of Sam Johnstone and Kyle Bartley performed well at Aston Villa and Leeds, respectively.

Moore is an unproven manager but one that did very well last year and seemed to have the tactical nous to do well – masterminding results such as a win at Old Trafford as the club fought to stay in the top flight.

Prediction: Play-offs

I'm not sure that they have quite enough quality to make the top two, but Moore's men should be aiming for a spot in the top six. They have a decent mix of experience and youth given this summer's signings, with players such as James Morrison setting great examples for those new players having been at the Hawthorns for a long time.

This season's fixtures: 

West Bromwich Albion vs. Millwall – Saturday 22 September, 2018 [Kick-off: 3pm]

Millwall vs. West Bromwich Albion – Saturday 6 April, 2019 [Kick-off: 3pm]