Preview: Swans v Millwall

9th February 2019
First team

Swansea City will look to quickly get back to winning ways when they host Millwall at the Liberty Stadium this afternoon (3pm).

Graham Potter's men saw a seven-match unbeaten run brought to an end at Bristol City last weekend, although the Swans could easily have taken something from that contest had they made more of several promising attacking situations.

It has left them 13th in the table, still just six points adrift of the top six and those play-off spots, as the second tier heads into its final third of the season.

They host a Millwall side who have been on a run of good form themselves. The Lions have won three of their last six Championship games and have lost just one of eight in all competitions.

However, Neil Harris' men have struggled for points away from home.

Their recent win at Ipswich was their first on their travels this term, and they have just seven away points to their name. Only Wigan, Rotherham and Ipswich have picked up fewer.

Swansea, meanwhile, have lost just one of their last six at the Liberty, winning three and drawing two.

Manager Potter has spoken of the importance of improving Swansea's returns at home - their tally of 22 points from a possible 45 is just the 18th-best home record in the Championship - and bouncing back from defeat last time out would be a welcome boost with a challenging midweek trip to Leeds lying in wait.

Team news

Swansea are waiting on the fitness of Oli McBurnie. The in-form striker - who was among the nominees for the Sky Bet EFL Championship Player of the Month award for January - has been struggling with illness and was rated as doubtful for this fixture by manager Potter at his pre-match press conference.

Wingers Daniel James and Wayne Routledge have been back in training this week, and both are in contention for selection against the Lions.

But club captain Leroy Fer misses out as he continues to recover from a hamstring problem, while Joe Rodon and Martin Olsson are longer-term absentees.

Pre-match views

Graham Potter: “It was a thrilling win up there, but they are going really well at the moment on the back of a cup run where they beat Everton.

“So they are a team that is really effective and they know what their strengths are. They are hard to play against and it will be a real test for us, particularly at set plays.

“They are well-organised and have some good players in there, but we are looking forward to the game and it will be nice to get to the Liberty, play in front of our supporters and enjoy the game.”

Courtney Baker-Richardson: "Under many a coach, I don’t think I’d have seen a pitch again (after my red card against Millwall earlier in the season). Fortunately, the gaffer had faith in me, I’ve learned from my mistakes and come back a lot stronger. Every day is a learning curve and that Millwall game was one of them.

"There’s always a point to prove. As a striker, scoring goals is your bread and butter. I want to show them what I’m really about and what they didn’t get to see. I want to go out, give a good account of myself and, hopefully, get a positive result."

Neil Harris: "Preparation for the game has been intense and against a team like Swansea training has to be hard as you have to get after the ball and be disciplined. So we are set up and looking forward to the game.

"Swansea love the ball, they dominate possession. They are excellent footballers and we have to make sure we are good shape-wise and in terms of discipline."

Remember the last time?

Millwall have not visited the Liberty Stadium since Swansea City's previous Championship campaign of 2010-11.

The sides met on a cold Friday night in December at the Liberty with the Swans looking to move into the automatic promotion places.

They looked on course to do so when Angel Rangel was left unmarked and headed home Andrea Orlandi's deep corner from the left in the 18th minute.

But the lead did not last long as Tamika Mkandawire produced an excellent strike to beat Dorus de Vries after the hosts had failed to clear a scramble in the area.

Nathan Dyer fired an Orlandi cutback over the bar just before the break and, in the end, Swansea were indebted to Dutch keeper De Vries as he twice denied Steve Morison to ensure the hosts at least shared the spoils.

Prime numbers

1 - Swansea City will be hopeful of quickly getting back to winning ways against a Millwall side who have struggled away from home. The Lions have recorded just one away win in the league, and taken just seven points on their travels.

50 - Should Jay Fulton play some part in SA1 he will bring up his 50th appearance for Swansea City, just over five years after joining from Falkirk.