Preview: Rotherham v Swans

3rd November 2018
First team

Swansea City will look to make it three straight wins for the first time under Graham Potter when they take on Rotherham United this afternoon (3pm).

The Swans make their first visit to the AESSEAL New York Stadium, home of the Millers since 2012, having claimed home victories over Blackburn and Reading in their last two Championship outings.

Now they go in search of a first away triumph since that remarkable comeback success at Millwall on September 1.

Since then, the Swans have claimed creditable draws at Middlesbrough and Wigan and lost narrowly at Stoke and Aston Villa.

Potter’s men head to South Yorkshire in confident mood following their two Liberty successes, which have lifted them to eighth in the table.

Rotherham begin the day in 21st place, just two points clear of the relegation zone, having failed to win in their last eight games.

But the Swans can expect a stern examination against Paul Warne’s team, who have been beaten only once at home all season.

Though they have struggled for victories of late, Rotherham have drawn five of their last six games.

And Potter has warned his players that only their best will do if they are to get the better of last season’s League One play-off winners.

 

TEAM NEWS

Rotherham could have a full squad to choose from, with Billy Jones set to shake off a minor issue.

The Swans are waiting to see whether Martin Olsson will recover from a back injury in time to feature.

But Tom Carroll, George Byers, Luciano Narsingh, Jefferson Montero and Wilfried Bony are all set to miss out.

 

PRE-MATCH VIEWS

Graham Potter: “You can see how they can take points and win football matches. I have been really impressed with them in the games that I have watched and this is going to be a difficult game for us.”

Matt Grimes: “We are going into every game full of confidence. We’ve won our last two games and momentum is a big thing in this league, so we will look to keep it going.”

 

REMEMBER THE LAST TIME?

It is 11 years since the Swans last paid a visit to Rotherham United, who in those days were playing at Millmoor.

Their last trip was a memorable one because it was the first game of Roberto Martinez’s managerial career.

Appointed three days earlier, the Spaniard immediately set about trying to turn the Swans into a team who controlled games by dominating possession.

And they made a very promising start to life under Martinez as goals from Lee Trundle and Pawel Abbott secured a 2-1 away win.

The two clubs have met once since then, in a League Cup tie at the Liberty in 2014.

The Swans emerged victorious that day, too, thanks to a first goal for the club from Bafetimbi Gomis.

 

PRIME NUMBERS

11 – Rotherham have scored 11 Championship goals so far this season. No side in the division has netted on fewer occasions.

0 – Connor Roberts is yet to miss a minute of league action in 2018-19.