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The Opposition: Blackburn Rovers

The lowdown on Saturday's hosts

13 September 2019

Millwall are back into the thick of Sky Bet Championship action this Saturday following the first international break of the season, as Blackburn Rovers play host to The Lions at Ewood Park.

The Lions sit 12th in the Championship table going into September's opener following nine points from six League games, with Tony Mowbray's Rovers side in 17th with seven points.

Neil Harris' men played out a 1-1 draw with Hull City in our last League outing, and will look to go one better with three points after an encouraging international spell for several of our first team. Blackburn suffered a frustrating 3-2 defeat at West Bromwich Albion last time out despite leading early on, and have endured a mixed bag of results since the season opening.

After promotion in 2018 from League One, Mowbray's side managed a 15th-place finish upon their Championship return - and as a club rich in domestic history, Rovers will eventually hope to build a gradual improvement towards the higher reaches of the division. The Lancashire side recruited veteran Stewart Downing, the experienced Bradley Johnson and signed previous loanee Sam Gallagher on a permanent deal, along with the loan arrivals of Tosin Adarabioyo, Christian Walton and Greg Cunningham. Leaving the club were the likes of Jack Rodwell, David Raya and Charlie Mulgrew.

Manager Mowbray took over the reins at Ewood Park in February 2017, and steadied the ship after initial relegation to League One, returning immediately to the second tier. The 55-year-old is an established name for both his coaching and playing careers, having played for and managed Middlesbrough and Celtic, along with further managerial spells at Hibernian, West Brom and Coventry after hanging up his boots at Ipswich in 2000. Mowbray has previous experience of promotion to the Premier League, having guided his West Brom side into the top flight in 2008.

Millwall and Blackburn have met 42 previous times, with The Lions taking just 10 wins to Rovers' 21. The last meeting at Ewood Park came in August 2018 in the form of a goalless stalemate, with Mowbray's men taking a 2-0 win home from The Den last January. The last Lions victory was a memorable FA Cup Quarter-Final replay win at Ewood Park in 2013, Danny Shittu's header sealing passage to Wembley for the club.

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