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PREVIEW: Sky Blues head to Millwall as Championship action returns

City make the trip to the Den in the EFL Championship...

12 August 2022

Club News

PREVIEW: Sky Blues head to Millwall as Championship action returns

City make the trip to the Den in the EFL Championship...

12 August 2022

The Sky Blues will return to Championship action for the first time since the opening day as they travel to London to face Millwall.

Fact File

Founded: 1885
Stadium: The Den
Capacity: 20,146
Nickname: The Lions
Address: The Den, New Cross, London, SE16 3LN.

The Opposition: The Lions

It has been a mixed start to the season for Millwall, who failed to build on their promising opening day last time out.


Gary Rowett's side beat Stoke City on matchday one thanks to a brace from Leeds United loanee Charlie Cresswell (picture, top).

However, matchday two saw them beaten by Sheffield United, dropping them to ninth in the EFL Championship, albeit early on in the campaign.

Ninth is where the Lions finished in the second division last term, ending the campaign on a four-match unbeaten run.

The Manager: Gary Rowett

Born in Bromsgrove, Gary Rowett started his playing career with Cambridge United in 1991, where he attracted the attention of top-flight side Everton.

Moves to Derby County, Birmingham City, Leicester City and Charlton Athletic followed before the defender ended his career playing for Burton Albion.


His managerial career started where his playing career finished, with a successful stint at Burton Albion.

From there, Rowett went on to take charge of boyhood club Birmingham City, Derby and Stoke before joining Millwall in October 2019.

Last Time We Met: Sky Blues 0-1 Millwall

Millwall were the winners the last time they faced the Sky Blues, with the match being held back in December at the CBS Arena.

Callum O'Hare and Tyler Walker both came close early on, while Murray Wallace forced a strong save from Ben Wilson.

Todd Kane then saw a strike across the penalty area denied by the goalkeeper but The Lions broke Sky Blues hearts late on when Shrewsbury-born Tom Bradshaw forced home a last-gasp winner.

Sky Blues XI: Ben Wilson (GK), Todd Kane, Michael Rose (Jodi Jones 85'), Kyle McFadzean, Dom Hyam, Ian Maatsen, Liam Kelly (C) (Jamie Allen 68’), Ben Sheaf, Callum O'Hare, Tyler Walker, Matty Godden (Viktor Gyökeres 68’).

Unused subs: Cian Tyler (GK), Jake Clarke-Salter, Jordan Shipley, Josh Eccles.

Head-to-Head Record

Sky Blues wins: 31
Draws: 15
Millwall wins: 31

Club Connection: Dennis Wise

Wise started his career with Wimbledon back in 1984 and spent six years with the club before being lured to London giants Chelsea.

Following a successful decade at Stamford Bridge that saw him lift six trophies, Wise then moved to Leicester City before arriving at Millwall in 2002.


85 appearances later, the midfielder joined newly-relegated Championship side Southampton where he managed only 11 outings before joining the Sky Blues on a six-month deal.

His spell at Coventry, aged 40, included a spectacular overhead kick against Hull City but with the club willing to offer him a new deal, he retired having scored six goals in 13 appearances from midfield. 

Match Officials

Robert Madley will act as referee for the Sky Blues' clash with Millwall on Saturday afternoon.

Richard Wild and Andrew Aylott will act as his assistants with Keith Stroud as fourth official.

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