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The Opposition: West Bromwich Albion

Our lowdown on Saturday’s hosts

9 August 2019

Millwall begin their away campaign in the Sky Bet Championship this Saturday (kick-off 3pm), facing West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns for the first of two meetings in 72 hours.

The Lions got the 2019/20 season off to the ideal start last weekend at The Den, securing three points and a clean sheet in a 1-0 win over Preston North End. Neil Harris goes into the contest having made no less than nine summer signings before Thursday’s close to the transfer window, following Luke Steele’s deadline day loan move to SE16.

West Brom sit level on points with The Lions at this early stage, having come from behind to take a 2-1 victory home from Nottingham Forest in new manager Slaven Bilic’s debut fixture. The Baggies are seeking to go one better after last season’s unsuccessful Play-Off Semi-Final, and have made signings such as Kenneth Zohore and Romaine Sawyers in an attempt to achieve that.

Albion have also brought in encouraging defensive players in Semi Ajayi and Darnell Furlong, with the likes of Salomon Rondon, Jay Rodriguez and Craig Dawson leaving the club for significant fees. Experienced pros Gareth Barry, James Morrison and Wes Hoolahan also left The Hawthorns in the summer.

New boss Bilic has been considered a coup for the West Midlands side, following the departure of caretaker boss Jimmy Shan at the helm. A former defender for West Ham United and Everton among other clubs, Bilic took charge of the Croatia national side for six years until 2012, going on to manage West Ham, Besiktas and various others.

Millwall boast a slightly superior record over West Brom, having won 17 meetings to our opponents’ 14. Ryan Tunnicliffe’s strike and an Ahmed Hegazi own goal settled the last contest at The Den as a 2-0 win in The Lions’ favour back in April. Albion also won 2-0 in the reverse fixture at The Hawthorns.

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