Sheffield opened up their promotion hunt by narrowly losing out to Championship favorites Watford 1-0 away from home in the season opener. It wasn’t a bad performance by the Blades, but the Watford trio of Joao Pedro, Emmanuel Dennis and Islmaila Sarr was ultimately too much in the end. Chris Wilder’s men will look to get back on track in this match against a Millwall side that finished last season’s campaign in ninth-place, missing out on a promotion playoff position by six points. Fans of Millwalll will be hoping for a playoff challenge after some promising results in the previous campaign and the oddsmakers price the Lions at 15/2 to win promotion. Sheffield United, by comparison, are the oddsmakers' fifth-favorites to be promoted with odds of 11/4. Sheffield has undergone something of a facelift in the offseason, seeing seven players depart the club and welcoming four new players, the big money move being Anel Ahmedhodzic from Swedish club Malmo for four million pound.
Millwall looked good in the season opener at home against Stoke City, with new boy Charlie Cresswell netting both goals from set pieces in a 2-0 win. The Lions managed to fire off 11 shots inside the opposition penalty area while only allowing two in their own. Even in their 1-0 EFL League Cup defeat to Cambridge on Tuesday, in which Millwall fielded a rotated squad, they were unlucky to walk away empty handed after dominating for large portions of the match. Manager Gary Rowett has overseen a number of exciting moves in the transfer market including bringing in a loan pair of promising young English players Jamie Shackleton and the previously mentioned Charlie Cresswell from Leeds United. Club record signing Zian Flemming from Dutch side Fortuna Sittard joins the ranks as well as the team looks to fill the holes left by players such as Jed Wallace departing the club.