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Preview: Rovers v Millwall

Mowbray's men return to Ewood this weekend, looking to build on a positive opening-day showing at Ipswich

9 August 2018

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This weekend will see Rovers in league action on home soil for the first time in 2018/19, with Millwall the visitors to Ewood Park.

Here's our guide to the game...


Football is back at Ewood Park! Following a 2-2 draw at Ipswich last time out, Rovers host Millwall this Saturday, in what will be our first home league game since the start of May. The Blues had come from behind to lead at Portman Road with goals from Danny Graham and Bradley Dack, but it finished all square after Tayo Edun's 90th-minute cross evaded everyone and ended up in the corner. Like Tony Mowbray's side, our next opponents suffered late heartbreak on matchday one, with two late Middlesbrough goals forcing them to settle for an opening-day point. Those results mean Rovers and Millwall are 12th and 15th respectively going into this one, with Boro leading the way early on after beating Sheffield United in midweek. As always, we'll be in attendance for the game, bringing you team news and live updates via social media. Fans can follow the action via our official Twitter account, with kick-off scheduled for 3pm on Saturday.


There are no fresh injury concerns ahead of this weekend's clash, with Jacob Davenport (hip flexor) and Ben Gladwin (knee) still doubtful. Having re-joined the club on a permanent deal at the start of the week, Adam Armstrong's is the name Rovers fans will be looking out for when the teams are announced. Fellow summer signing Kasey Palmer came off the bench at Ipswich and could make his first start, and Joe Rothwell will be hoping to make his official debut. For Millwall, new additions Murray Wallace and Jiří Skalák will hope to start after making their debuts from the bench last time out, as will defender Bryon Webster, who has overcome a long-term injury. Both starting line-ups will be released an hour before kick-off on matchday.


Millwall were one of the surprise packages in the Championship last term, finishing eighth in the table and breaking records along the way. The Lions went on a club-record, 17-game unbeaten run to do so, their longest in the second tier, surpassing the 15-game streak set in 1971. They also won six away games in a row, equalling a club record set in 2008/09. In Neil Harris, their record goal-scorer, they have a manager who knows the club inside out. The 41-year-old is the longest-serving manager in the Championship, and has also taken charge of Millwall's Under-21s, and first-team on a caretaker basis in the past. Saturday's game will be the 41st competitive meeting between the sides; the most recent ended in a 2-0 win for Rovers are Ewood Park in April 2015, courtesy of goals from Rudy Gestede and Jordan Rhodes.


Tickets for the game are still available, and can be purhcased online, over the phone (01254 372000) or from the ticket office at Ewood Park.


If you're heading to Ewood on Saturday, be sure to tag your matchday pictures with #Rovers; we'll share the best posts on our official Twitter and Instagram pages. You can also use our special matchday camera filters in the official Rovers fan app.



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