The international break is over and it's now a return to domestic action as Millwall make the long trip to Ewood Park to face Blackburn Rovers in the EFL Championship.
The rest period for the majority of Neil Harris' squad seemed to have come at the right time and although the Lions have taken a respectable nine points from their opening six games, their recent 1-1 draw with Hull City indicated there may be some tired legs in the camp which needed some rest. In a similar vein, Tony Mowbray's men will have regrouped and will be eager to kick-start a league campaign which currently sees them sitting in 17th place with only seven points from a possible 18.
The league head-to-heads between the two sides over the years are strongly in the home side's favour, as Rovers have won 19 of these games compared with only nine for Millwall and ten games drawn. The Lions have not beaten the former Premier League Champions since March 2013, so Neil Harris will be aching to rectify this poor run.
Haven't we met before?...
Blackburn 0-2 Millwall, Saturday 24th November 2012 - Millwall were on a great run of form going into this fixture and Chris Wood continued his deadly goal scoring with his eighth of the season from an impressive 25 yards out. Not to be outdone by his team mate, James Henry had his own audacious effort from 30 yards out and he too managed to beat Paul Robinson in the Blackburn goal to put the Lions 2-0 up and finish the day in sixth place.
Tosin Adarabioyo and Jacob Davenport could feature after resuming full training after injury, but Ben Brereton still faces more time in the treatment room for Blackburn.
Frank Fielding and Jiri Skalak remain out for Millwall with injury and striker Tom Elliott is not yet match fit for the Lions.
THE ONE TO WATCH -
A player who has been a thorn in Millwall's side for a number of seasons and one who is arguably one of the best midfielders in the division in his position, Dack is a dangerous young professional who knows how to dominate the middle of the park. Scoring two goals in eight games already this season, Dack knows where the back of the net is, but also is superb at linking up the play between his back four and strikers up top, so the likes of Ben Thompson and Ryan Leonard will need to be at their very best to keep him quiet in this one.
WHO ARE YA?
For this weeks 'Who are ya?' we sit down Blackburn Roverseas, a YouTube dedicated to all things Blackburn Rovers. This week we ask how they think the season is going so far, where do Blackburn really expect to finish, who Millwall need to look out for and what they think the score will be.
1. It’s been a steady start for Blackburn Rovers and you are just in the lower half of the Championship table after six games. How do you think the season has been so far?
Its been a bit of 50/50 if I am honest. We lost games I think we should have won, and won games we could have lost. Last year we could not keep a clean sheet at the back and now this season we have found it hard to scores goals. The ingredients are all there for a cracking cake, but we need to find the right mixture. Yummy!
2. Five goals so far have been scored, but you have leaked seven. It is early in the year, but what do you need to do to tighten up at the back?
Its much better than what’s on paper. It’s the Mowbray way. His mentality (which can be on the wild side) is to you get the same points from a 1-0 loss with that of a 6-2 loss. He will try to push Rovers to try and make games competitive. In amongst those seven goals conceded we did hit a run of 3 clean sheets on the spin. For me though, I would have loved to see us add more numbers to the back. We have started the season with our only recognized right back on the bench (if he is lucky), opting for Elliott Bennett who has been made skipper for the year so its hard not to see him start week in week out. We are only a few injuries away from a crisis, lack of a decent backup goalkeeper concerns me as we sold our number 1 to replace him with a loanee.
3. Tell us more about your YouTube channel you have, what do Blackburn fans get when they like, share and subscribe?
Well it all started with Cass our Cat. She made a few World Cup predictions and things started to get interesting. I have a background in video production so I decided to switch focus to my beloved Blackburn Rovers. As the days turned into months, I wanted to expanded further (we all know Rovers fan base can only go so far), so I decided to take a look at football as a whole, and recently added some football game play. As for the content, I am a fun loving guy so its all lighthearted stuff which is viewable for all ages. Channel is open not only to Rovers fans, but football fans worldwide. Come stop by and take a look.
4. You have made some good signings in the summer and have a formidable strike force for this level, where realistically do you think you’ll finish with the fire power you potentially have?
Everyone has playoff ambitions at the start of the year and if things goes right towards Christmas we could have an outside shot of sneaking in. However I think we need to make progress on last term, and if we can break the top 10 it should be seen as a successful season. Trouble is, this is a mini make or break season for some. Dack has probably given us this year to convince him his future lies at Ewood Park, Danny Graham is not getting any younger so we could see the end of his goalscoring exploits, and Cpt Mulgrew is already one foot out the door as he plays his football elsewhere on loan.
5. Who do Millwall need to look out for?
Dack is the obvious choice, but couple of names that will go under the radar are Lewis Travis and Joe Rothwell. Travis is fighter, he wont score goals, but he will never give up. Got a bit of red mist in his eyes which could see him rip someone’s leg off, he has an excellent future hopefully with us. As for the curious case of Joe Rothwell, the lads like energizer bunny, skills, pace and likes a shot or two. Trouble is he is a bench man at the moment, he needs to do something with the minutes allocated to convince Mowbray that he is a starter.
6. What do you think the score will be?
Millwall can keep it tight, and have started well so far. A point for us will be seen as a major disappointment and seeing as we are at home I will take a Rovers win, 2-0.
PREDICTION: BLACKBURN ROVERS 1-1 MILLWALL
This will be a tough ask for Millwall and Ewood Park is a ground that has never been great for the Lions, so I cannot see that changing here. With that said, Blackburn are leaking goals at the moment and Tom Bradshaw is in good form, so a score draw is my prediction.
Come on you Lions.