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Match Preview: Rotherham United

Bees host Millers on opening day of Sky Bet Championship

3 August 2018

Brentford face Rotherham United at 3pm on Saturday 4 August, kicking off their 2018/19 campaign at Griffin Park.

Dean Smith's side are looking to get off to a flying start on Saturday when last season's League One Play-Off Winners Rotherham United come to TW8. 

The Opposition

The Millers' first away trip of the season sees them travel to a stadium that hasn't been a happy hunting ground in the past. However, Brentford haven't won an opening day fixture for six years, so either side could buck a trend with victory on Saturday.

Rotherham have added new faces over the summer as they return to the second tier at the first time of asking, following relegation in 2017. While Shaun Cummings (released) and Jonson Clarke-Harris (Coventry City) moved on, two new signings arrived from Blackpool. Both Clark Robertson and Kyle Vassell were brought in from Lancashire.

Right-back Billy Jones left Sunderland as they dropped into League One, climbing back into the Championship with Rotherham on a two-year deal.

Team News

Emiliano Marcondes will miss the opening day with an injury he picked up against Watford in pre-season. Rico Henry is also still in need of recovery time after spending some of last term on the treatment table.

Neal Maupay was also brought off during the Watford game but could be fit enough to return to the squad to lead the line at Griffin Park after returning to training yesterday. Julian Jeanvier could make his Brentford debut after signing on from Stade de Reims at the end of July. 

Darren Potter is the only player missing from Rotherham's squad before the big kick-off this weekend, away until 2019 after surgery on an achilles problem. Jamie Proctor has now completed his rehabilitation from a knee injury and is being monitored ahead of the weekend's opening fixture.

The Manager

Paul Warne joined the coaching staff at United in May 2012, following his retirement from football. A striker in his career, he made over 450 professional league appearances across two spells at Rotherham. He also got game time at Wigan Athletic, Oldham Athletic and Yeovil Town.

In November 2016, with Kenny Jackett heading out of the door, Warne was given the reins as caretaker-manager. In January that season, he was reluctantly handed the job full-time until the end of the season. Growing into the role as time went on, the 45-year-old followed the Club down into League One, rebuilding the squad and coming straight back to the second tier with promotion last season.

Pre-Match Features

Ref Watch: Oliver Langford handed season opener

Captaincy: Dean Smith updates fans on a new plan for the armband

Squad Numbers Confirmed: the full list for the 2018/19 season

We Meet Again: Rotherham highlights from years gone by

Match Coverage

Marcus Gayle and Mick Cabble join Mark Burridge for this weekend's edition of Matchday Live, on air from 2.30pm. They'll bring you all the action from Griffin Park, with live commentary and analysis on the gantry.

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