PREVIEW: Swansea City v Millwall

By Jake Sanders

GARY Rowett is looking to capatalise on Swansea City's poor recent home form as his Millwall side go in search of their first Championship away victory since March at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.

The Lions last tasted victory on the road at Rowett's former side Birmingham City more than eight months ago, when Ben Thompson bagged a first-half brace in a 2-0 success at St Andrew's.

Millwall have the joint-second best home record in the division – only bettered by Preston North End – but only Wigan Athletic and Barnsley have collected fewer points on the road (2).

As for Swansea, they're just two points adrift of the top-two, however, they've struggled in south Wales of late, losing three of their previous five matches, but Rowett won't be taking anything for granted.

He said: "When you play against Swansea, regardless of their form, regardless of whether it's home or away, you know that they're going to pass the ball, you know that they're going to try and create some of those overloads and in those pockets in front of your midfielder's and around your defence.

"They have been very good in terms of the fluidity of the front-three. If one drops short, one tries to get in behind. Steve Cooper has done a really good job, I felt like it was a difficult job to take on, but he seems to have taken that Swansea philosophy on and they have been pretty successful.

"But their recent form has not been as good at home and I think that is something for us to get there and exploit.

"Of course, for us, we are keen to improve our away results. I don't want to make too much of that because we have only had one away game in which I didn't think we performed that badly.

"We need to find a solution where we need to be more competitive away from home. They have had a lot of games this year without winning, which suggests that certain things they have done haven't worked. Sometimes you can be unlucky in games and not win, but when it's a big period of time, it's something we need to try and find a solution to.

"I have watched all of the away games back and I have watched a lot of Swansea. I don't think the team have performed particularly away from home, but it's just been small moments that have killed their chances and I think the Reading game was similar.
Rowett continues to be without injured trio Frank Fielding (quad), Jason McCarthy (toe) and Ryan Leonard (knee), whilst striker Tom Elliott remains sidelined with a hamstring problem.

The Lions boss admitted that the likes of Shane Ferguson, Jayson Molumby and Jon Dadi Bodvarsson being away on international duty could affect his team selection for the game.

"The fact that we have got three games in a week has a bearing on it," he said. "I think all those things you just put into the melting pot. You can work on certain things, but if you're working on the team for example that might start against Swansea, you can't do too much because you've got two or three players that might be involved that actually are only going to get one day training because we generally don't train on a Thursday."

Rowett added: "It's a bit of a challenge, but it depends how important some of those positions are as we say, you are not here, you haven't worked on it and we will go with someone that has been here and had that chance."

Possible Millwall starting XI: 4-4-2: Bialkowski, Romeo, Hutchinson, Cooper, M Wallace, J Wallace, Molumby, Williams, Thompson, Smith, Bradshaw.

Match odds: Swansea City 17/20 Draw 12/5 Millwall 3/1

Last meeting: Swansea City 1-0 Millwall (Championship, 9 February, 2019)

Image: Millwall FC