London Soccer Shorts – Saturday, July 30

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Sky Bet Championship

Blackburn Rovers v Queens Park Rangers – Ewood Park

Queen’s Park Ranger’s Head Coach, Mick Beale is expecting an exciting contest when the R’s head to Ewood Park: “This is a really open and intriguing game,” he told www.qpr.co.uk.

“Both teams are very good in the final third, so it will perhaps be about who settles earlier and which team’s attacking players are more ruthless on the day.”

“I expect both teams to have good seasons.”

Millwall v Stoke City – The Den

Millwall are at full strength ahead of their Championship opener with Stok City at The Den.

Zian Flemming, George Honeyman, Charlie Cresswell and Jamie Shackleton could all make their league debut for the Lions, while Benik Afobe is expected to feature following his move permanent move from Stoke during the summer

Sky Bet League One

Accrington Stanley v Charlton Athletic – The Wham Stadium

Charlton boss, Ben Garner was in a buoyant mood ahead of the Addicks League One opener at Accrington.

“We’ve had a really positive week at the training ground, a lot of content for the players and a lot of preparation going in obviously for the game tomorrow,” he told www.charltonafc.com

“I’m really pleased with how the week has gone. The attitude of the players, the way they have worked and the way they have taken information on has continued to be good all the way from pre-season. There is excitement and an anticipation now ahead of the first game.”

Garner confirmed that summer signings, Conor McGrandles and Jack Payne will both feature in the match, though Mandela Egbo (knee) and Chuks Aneke (calf) will miss out.

Sky Bet League Two

AFC Wimbledon v Gillingham – Plough Lane

New AFC Wimbledon manager, Johnnie Jackson will be hoping his side can end a winless run stretching back twenty-seven matches when Gillingham visits Plough Lane on Saturday.

Both the Dons and Gillingham were relegated from League One at the end of last season with both domestic encounters ending in stalemate.

Leyton Orient v Grimsby Town – Brisbane Road

Charlie Kelman will miss Leyton Orient’s League Two opener due to a suspension picked up ahead of his loan move to Brisbane Road from Queen’s Park Rangers.

Midfielder, George Moncur and left-sided defender, Rob Hunt could feature for the O’s following their respective moves from Hull City and Swindon Town. Drinan and Smith remain sidelined.

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