Millwall away. A proper championship game. A club that defines the Championship and what it’s all about, a young manager, hungry hard working players and a passionate fan base. Hopefully the Swans enter The Den and steal three points from the Lions.
The Jacks promising start has stuttered almost in recent times, as they face Millwall without a win in three league games. But Millwall are in the same position as they struggle to achieve consistency in their form and if there’s ever an opportunity to get their season back on track, this is the perfect one.
There is question marks over the fitness of number nine Oli McBurnie after he sustained an injury against Bristol City, but he could be in contention for saturdays match despite a cracked toe and a knock to his knee.
Further injury to the squad is the loss of Jay Fulton, who broke a bone in his hand against Bristol City and won’t be in contention until mid-September.
With limited options in the attacking department, it’s a dilemma for Graham Potter as he either has to choose between resting his number nine but being without a senior striker, or playing an unfit McBurnie with risk of aggravating the injury further.
It is well documented that Graham Potter has an incredibly slim squad, but the loan addition of Cameron Carter-Vickers has strengthened the defensive area and a debut could be forthcoming for the USA international.
Managed by Millwall legend Neil Harris, The Lions finishes last season in 8th place defying early season expectations that they may be in a relegation battle.
They haven’t started this season in the same way, after five games they’ve took five points and sit in 16th in the Championship.
Shaun Hutchinson is the only injury to the squad and George Saville may miss the fixture due to a concussion. However, he’s seemingly on his way to Middlesbrough therefore if he’s recovered it is highly unlikely that he’d feature against the Swans.
Harris’ side head into the match in poor form in the league as they have lost their two previous games; 1-0 to Rotherham and 2-1 to Sheffield Wednesday.
It’ll be no easy task for Swansea, the Millwall squad is a well-drilled side that possesses immense physicality and Swansea’s lightweight pacy attack may struggle if they’re incapable of getting the ball on the floor.
Previous line-up in their last league game vs Rotherham:
GK: Jordan Archer
RB: Conor McLaughlin
CB: Murray Wallace
CB: Jake Cooper
LB: James Meredith
RM: Jed Wallace
CM: Shaun Williams
CM: Ryan Tunnicliffe
LM: Aiden O’Brien
ST: Lee Gregory
ST: Tom Elliot.
Tom Bradshaw on for Lee Gregory. Jiri Skalak on for Aiden O’Brien. Steve Morison on for Ryan Tunnicliffe.
Millwall 1 – 1 Swansea City.
The Den is one of the toughest grounds to visit in the English leagues, an intense atmosphere and tough physical football isn’t exactly an ideal scenario for Graham Potter to get his side back on track, which is why I’ve gone for 1-1.
I think the defensive solidarity of the Millwall side will see this being a low-scoring match but I can see a share of the spoils in East London.
If Swansea can control the game, if they can implement the style of football that can find holes in the Millwall defence they have a strong chance. But this is the perfect chance for Millwall to show some positive form in front of home supporters.
Picture Credit: Swansea City