Millwall kick off 2019-20 Championship season with Preston at home – first Charlton derby on November 9

BY RICHARD CAWLEY

Millwall will start their 2019-20 Championship season with a home game against Preston North End.

The Lions get underway at The Den on August 3 with the visit of Alex Neil’s side, who earlier this week completed a deal for Charlton defender Patrick Bauer.

North End did the double over Millwall last season – a 3-2 victory at Deepdale in mid-December was followed by a 3-1 home loss in which Ben Thompson scored a second-half consolation.

Other home matches in the opening month are Sheffield Wednesday (August 17) and Hull City (August 31). The three away games are West Bromwich Albion (August 10), Fulham (August 21) and Middlesbrough (August 24).

The first of the South London derbies sees Charlton head to SE16 on November 9 with the return on April 4.

Millwall go to relegated Cardiff City on Boxing Day and host League One champions Luton Town on New Year’s Day.

The final game of the campaign – May 2 – is at home to Huddersfield Town.

Leeds United arrive at The Den on October 5 with the fixture at Elland Road due to take place on January 25, although that is also the date for FA Cup fourth round matches.

September is a quiet month with only three games – Blackburn (September 14, away), QPR (September 21, home) and Huddersfield Town (September 28, away).

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