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Rotherham United start their season back in the Championship with a home fixture against Swansea City.

The Millers will be hoping for a better result than the last time Swansea were at the New York Stadium when the visitors took all three points with a three-one win. Swansea finished last season in fifteenth place in the Championship while Rotherham were second in League One getting promoted.

Millers Manager Paul Warne says that he doesn’t feel as prepared as he has in previous seasons but go into the season full of confidence. Speaking to the Official Site the Rotherham Boss said, ‘We’ve trained well and are in a really good place. We’re everyone’s favourite to go down and we will use that as motivation. Everything we do will have to be spot on and I know where we stand but where we stand and where we end up are two different things.’

Talking about the opposition, Warney said, ‘Swansea have had a good pre-season and are a really progressive passing team, have some real goal threats and pace. I hope our fans turn up in full voice. It will be a tough game but I’m looking forward to it.’

Injuries to Tom Eaves and Joshua Kayode mean they will both be missing. Both Georgie Kelly and Chieo Ogbene have been suffering with illness and therefore are doubts.

Swansea Manager Russell Martin told BBC Wales that his team are much better prepared than they were last season. ‘We really believe in this group,’ Martin said, ‘and If they are able to ride tough moments and overcome the challenges, then who knows where it will take us. And we have a group of supporters who are connected and I think that will go a long way to helping us this season.’

City will be without midfielder Joe Allen who isn’t deemed fit enough to play and Liam Walsh who has an Achilles injury but good news for the Swans is that Ben Cabango, who has been struggling with a hamstring injury, has travelled. Defenders  Harry Darling and Nathan Wood are in line for debuts and after a good pre-season it’s likely that Jay Fulton will start.

In the middle for this game is Matthew Donohue from Greater Manchester.

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