It’s a long trip down the M4 for Neil Harris and his team as they make the long drive to Wales to face Graham Potter’s Swansea City.
After defeating the Lions earlier in the season 2-1 after having a man sent off back in September, Swansea have since solidified themselves in mid-table with impressive victories against the likes of Reading, Sheffield United and Brentford. Millwall on the other hand have struggled for consistency and after beating Everton in the FA Cup fourth round could only manage a disappointing goalless draw with relegation rival Rotherham United.
Past meetings between the two in the league goes the way of the away side, with Millwall’s seventeen wins slightly edging Swansea’s fifteen victories and nine draws shared between the two. Although Millwall may have the upper hand historically, the Lions have only beaten the Swans once in their last five clashes and this is something Neil Harris will be desperate to rectify.
Haven't we met before?...
Swansea 1-2 Millwall, Friday 7th March 2008 – It was the league strugglers who surprised many and ruined many 10-folds before the weekend had even begun when Millwall secured a vital 2-1 away defeat at the Liberty Stadium. Lewis Grabban continued his fine run of form when his goal gave Millwall the lead and on-loan attacker Jay Simpson doubled the lead with only twenty minutes to go. Jason Scotland’s penalty only three minutes later in the 73rd minute gave the Swans hope, but Kenny Jackett’s side held on against his former side to secure the three points.
Swansea City top scorer Oli McBurnie faces a race against time to be fit to face Millwall following illness, having only returned to training in the week. Daniel James is available after missing the Bristol City defeat due to his move to Leeds United falling through.
Tom Elliott is still a doubt after he dislocated a shoulder against Blackburn last month. Tom Bradshaw and right-back Conor McLaughlin remain side lined.
THE ONE TO WATCH -
The Scottish striker is rated 50/50 for this game, but if fit there is no doubt he will start. Although Swansea may have had an up and down return to the English second tier, McBurnie continues to show his quality and has racked up an impressive fifteen goals and four assists in all competitions in the 2018-19 campaign so far. Scoring the winning goal at The Den earlier in the season and finding the back of the net seven times in the last five league and cup games, McBurnie continues to show how deadly a finisher he is and if given the opportunity on Saturday, he will give the Millwall back-line a tough time at the Liberty Stadium.
WHO ARE YA?
This week, we speak with Steven Carrol from the SoS Fanzine and JackCast podcast. This week we ask Steven what he makes of Huw Jenkins leaving, whether the Swans can make the play-offs and who the Millwall fans need to look out for.
1. So..... it’s been quiet few days at the Liberty recently. How have the fans taken the news of Huw Jenkins leaving?
There’s a bit of a split, some look at it from a better the devil you know point of view, others like me think he should have gone s while ago. He is one of those responsible for bringing this consortium to the club and as director of football he’s wasted millions in the transfer market. His position has been untenable for a while in my eyes.
2. Graham Potter continues to remain very dignified during the ups and down and getting on with the job at the moment. Just how good a job has the manager done so far?
Amazing, we lost 13 players in summer and signed only five. We lost another three on deadline day without signing any. He’s got us playing far better football with two hands tied behind his back.
3. You are in a respectable 13th place, but more importantly only six points off the play-offs. Do you think you can close the gap?
No I think that ship has sailed, we would need to go hell of a run and with such a depleted squad it’s too much of an ask.
4. The earlier league encounter saw the Swans defeat the Lions after having a man sent off and coming from a goal behind. Do you think Millwall will put up a more stern test?
To be honest, yes. You’d ended the previous campaign well and with us having ten men for most of the game you immediately fear the worst. But I though Millwall on the day would were poor. Saying that I thought we were a bit lucky to win, draw would have been a fair result.
5. Which player(s) do Millwall need to look out for?
There’s no one that springs to mind, I’m by no means an expert on a lot of sides in this league after not paid too much attention whilst we were in the Premier League.
6. What do you think the score will be?
I think I it’ll be a tight game but Swansea will take a narrow 1-0 win.
PREDICTION: SWANSEA CITY 1-1 MILLWALL
This will be a big ask for Millwall and although I cannot see the Lions breaking the recent hoodoo that the Welsh side have over them, I can see the South London side nicking a vital away draw. The visitors will be eager to forget the recent drab draw with Rotherham and be more attacking, but there are still some frailties at the back which I can see leading to a share of the spoils.
Come on you Lions.