Millwall finished last season in eighth under Gary Rowett and look a good bet to match that, if not better it, this time around.
The Lions have opened the season with a goalless draw at home to Stoke City before seeing off Rotherham United by a single Jed Wallace strike last weekend. In the Carabao Cup, Crawley Town and Cheltenham Town were swept aside before the 2-0 midweek home defeat to Premier League side Burnley.
Taking over from Neil Harris last October, Rowett has tried to evolve The Lions into more of a possession-based side during his early months in charge. That seemed to pay off with Millwall losing just eight of his 34 league outings last term, eventually missing out on the Play-Offs by just two points.
Evidently pleased with what he saw, Rowett and Millwall have looked to retain what they had last year, rather than try and change too much. Ryan Woods (loan) and Mason Bennett (permanent) have returned for another season while Scott Malone was re-signed on a temporary basis from Derby County. Highly-rated Irish striker Troy Parrott (pictured above) was brought in from Tottenham Hotspur to add goals.
It's as you were for The Bees. Mads Roerslev is definitely out while Mathias Jensen is yet to feature since his knock picked up on opening day against Birmingham City.
Millwall were dealt a blow on Wednesday night as Troy Parrott suffered an ankle injury which makes him a major doubt for tomorrow. Other than that, Rowett has a full squad to pick from.
Gary Rowett took over at Millwall in October, ten months after his short-lived spell with Stoke City came to an end. His 16-year player career saw him make appearances for Everton, Derby County, Leicester City and Cambridge United. He stepped into management after a spell with Burton Albion.
Rowett took Burton to the Sky Bet League Two Play-Offs in both of his first two full seasons with The Brewers. He then moved to St Andrew's to rescue Blues from relegation in the 2014/15 season. Coming in with them in the bottom four, he took them to tenth before repeating that finish a year later. After leaving Birmingham in 2016, he had spells with Derby County and The Potters before pitching up at The Den.
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