2018-19 Championship season: Swansea City

NEWSATDEN looks at all of Millwall’s 23 opponents in the 2018-19 Championship season.

Next up, Lucas Ball casts an eye over relegated Swansea.

Name: Swansea City

Nickname: The Swans/The Jacks

Manager: Graham Potter

Stadium: Liberty Stadium [21,088]

Postcode: SA1 2FA

Club website:  www.swanseacity.com

Nearest train station: Swansea

Match-day directions: footballgroundguide.com

Pre-season promotion odds (Sky Bet): 7/2

Last meeting: Championship – Millwall 0-2 Swansea City [Darren Pratley 30', Stephen Dobbie 47']; April 30, 2011

Last season: 18th in the Premier League [relegated]

Goals for: 28

Goals against: 56

Top league goal scorer: Jordan Ayew (11)

First-team 2018-19 transfers

Ins: Bersant Celina [£3.4 million from Manchester City]; Barrie Mackay [£500k from Nottingham Forest]; Joel Asoro [£2.3 million from Sunderland]; Yan Dhanda [free transfer from Liverpool]; Jordi Govea [free transfer from Real Madrid]; Declan John [undisclosed from Rangers]

Outs: Alfie Mawson [£16.85 million to Fulham]; Lukasz Fabianski [£8 million to West Ham]; Roque Mesa [£6 million to Sevilla]; Kyle Bartley [£4.5 million to West Brom]; Andre Ayew [loan to Fenerbache]; Ki Seung-Yeung [free transfer to Newcastle]; Adam King [loan to Peterborough]; Kenji Gorre [free transfer to Nacional]; Borja Baston [loan to Alaves]; Angel Rangel [released]; Leon Britton [retired]

It's been a summer of change for Swansea following their return to the second tier. Having got promoted to the top flight playing such a wonderful brand of football and impressing many with it, instability at the top with both ownership and then managers ultimately led to the demise of that and any real definitive style.

Alfie Mawson looks set to be a future England centre-back and needed to move back to the Premier League to further his international ambitions, and the likes of Lukasz Fabianski and Roque Mesa – the latter who struggled to settle in England – were not keen on playing in the Championship.

Ki Seung-Yeung was one of few bright sparks last year and had been a cult hero of sorts at the Liberty, but that responsibility in central midfield will now fall on others.

Graham Potter was in charge of Ostersunds last season – making a name for himself as they won one of two legs against Arsenal in the Europa League. He did an excellent job there and will now want to prove himself in England.

Prediction: Just missing out on play-offs.

Going forward, Swansea look threatening this year, which was their man issue last season. Having lost Mawson and Kyle Bartley, they need to add a defender and there are no real links yet, and they also look too light in central midfield.

They require the biggest re-building job out of the relegated sides it seems, and finishing in a higher mid-table position wouldn't be seen as a failure for Potter, especially given his inexperience in England.

This season’s fixtures:

Millwall vs. Swansea City – Saturday 1 September, 2018 [Kick-off: 5.30pm]

Swansea City vs. Millwall – Saturday 9 February, 2019 [Kick-off: 3pm]

Image: Swansea City FC