Blackburn Rovers will look to achieve something they haven’t done for 24 years as they make the trip to the English capital to take on Millwall.
The feat that Tony Mowbray’s side will look to achieve is taking maximum points from their opening two fixtures of the season, which was last achieved in the 1997-98 season under the leadership of Roy Hodgson.
Rovers began the season with their first opening day victory for eleven years as they overcame Swansea City last week, but a midweek cup defeat to Morecambe has since dampened spirits for supporters.
Added to the departure of Adam Armstrong, and the signing of Brighton winger Reda Khadra delayed due to injury, the mood from the start of the week is noticeably different.
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However, Rovers themselves should have some confidence following the victory over Swansea City, and the chance is there to make it two out of two.
Daniel Ayala should come back into the side after missing the cup defeat, whilst Harry Chapman is expected to be in the matchday squad following an absence.
Mowbray’s men face a Millwall side that will be looking to improve on their two consecutive top-half finishes, with Gary Rowett establishing himself in the hot seat.
The Lions themselves are looking to build on their opening day draw with QPR last week, with star man Jed Wallace opening his account for the season.
It will be Millwall’s opening game of the season, and with supporters finally back in the stands, it will be a strong atmosphere, as has become the norm at the Den.
Rovers will be up against the usually volatile atmosphere, but with a win on the table from last week, there’s no reason why that can’t be two come this evening.
Predicted XI: Kaminski, Nyambe, Lenihan, Ayala, Pickering, Travis, Buckley, Rothwell, Gallagher, Dolan, Brereton Diaz
This is a tough one to call. Rovers haven’t fared too badly on the road versus Millwall since returning to the Championship, winning two of their three matches at the Den.
They’ll have to do it without the services of Adam Armstrong, but following the victory over Swansea City, I’m backing the lads to make it six points from six.
Prediction: Millwall 1-2 Rovers