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Preview | Shrewsbury Town v Millwall

7 August 2015

Quotes, team news, stats, and more ahead of Saturday's season opener

Millwall begin their Sky Bet League One campaign away to Shrewsbury Town on Saturday (3pm).

The game marks the club's first-ever trip to Greenhous Meadow - home to The Shrews since 2007 - and over 1,500 Lions fans are making the trip up to the Shropshire.

Micky Mellon's Shrewsbury side won automatic promotion from League Two last term and will go into the game hopeful of starting 2015/16 in style in front of their home supporters.

Neil Harris and his rejuvenated Millwall squad will have other ideas, however, as they look to get some early points on the board before the start of back-to-back home League matches next week.

What the managers say

Micky Mellon: "It's a tough start for us. I believe they (Millwall) are favourites (for the League) so right away it will be a benchmark for us. We'll know very, very quickly, with the start we have, where we are as a group. We know that we're going straight into it if you like and there is no tougher a game than to play Millwall so we're really looking forward to it." Read more by clicking here.

Neil Harris: "I've seen Shrewsbury a couple of times and they are a really good side. They are well organised, have good experience, some youth and play some good football. It's a real tough one to start with. They certainly have momentum going into the start of the season from promotion last year, so it is a real marker for us." Read more by clicking here.

Team news

Millwall be without summer signing Joe Martin and striker Aiden O'Brien (both ankle), while Jimmy Abdou is doubtful with a hamstring injury.

Martin's absence may mean that Mark Beevers continues at left-back but Shane Ferguson, who has joined on loan from Newcastle, will offer competition for that position and is available to play.

Skipper Tony Craig looks set to make his fourth 'debut' for The Lions having re-joined the club from Brentford earlier in the summer while Steve Morison, another player to return to The Den, is competing with Lee Gregory and John Marquis for a starting berth up front.


Saturday's match will be the 36th meeting between Shrewsbury Town and Millwall.

This weekend's hosts have won 11 of the previous meetings, nine of which have come in League action, while Millwall have earned 15 victories overall.

The most recent meeting was back in February 1997 when Maurice Doyle's 90th-minute stunner helped Millwall grab a 1-1 draw at Gay Meadow.

Millwall's team that day was: Carter, McLeary, Neill, Crawford, Witter, McRobert, Hartley, Newman, Savage (Doyle, 67'), Cadette, Berry. Subs not used: Forbes, Bircham

Live coverage

Unable to make it to the game? You can still keep up-to-date with all the action as it happens by following full match commentary on Lions PlayerHD.

We will also have pre-match build-up, live updates and post-match reaction via @MillwallFC, the club's official Twitter account.


The main odds from Sky Bet are as follows:

Shrewsbury - 11/8
Draw - 9/4
Millwall - 2/1

For a more comprehensive list of odds please click here.

Tweets by @MillwallFC

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