Millwall vs Swansea predictions: Swans to suffer at The Den
Swansea City claimed a much-needed win at home to Sheffield Wednesday last weekend to ease the pressure on head coach Michael Duff, but it may prove difficult to back that victory up at Millwall.
The Swans hired Duff from Barnsley in the summer following Russell Martin’s switch to Southampton and things have started flat, with only three points collected from their first seven games.
That 3-0 win over Wednesday last weekend helps matters, but the Owls are rooted to the foot of the Championship table and are still awaiting their first victory of the campaign.
The Swans are not only having to adjust to a new style of play, but they are also having to find a new source of goals following Joel Piroe’s summer move to Leeds United.
The Lions, meanwhile, are beginning to find some rhythm and they are within two points of the play-off places following a run of only defeat in their last five league games.
Having missed out on a top-six finish by only a point last season, the Lions will be keen to go one better and Gary Rowett’s side are always a tough nut to crack at The Den.
Millwall striker Kevin Nisbet has joined Shaun Hutchinson and Matija Sarkic on the sidelines, while George Honeyman has yet to feature for the Lions this season.
Swansea’s injury problems are a little more severe with Josh Ginnelly, Nathan Wood, Joe Allen and Kyle Naughton all notable absentees.
The Swans also remain without Nathanael Ogbeta, Azeem Abdulai, Liam Walsh and Steven Benda.
Swansea have won only one of their opening eight Championship games, although they have failed to score just once this season.
The Swans have picked up only one point in four away league games this term, losing on trips to West Brom, Preston and derby rivals Cardiff City.
Milwall have lost only one of their last five league games and they have kept three clean sheets during that period.
Both teams have scored in only two of Millwall’s opening eight games and they tend to be involved in low-scoring fixtures.
The Lions have lost only one of the past four Championship rivalries between the pair.
Successfully evolving Swansea’s style of play is proving problematic for Duff and this looks a tricky test for them away at a Millwall side who are showing signs of improvement.
Injuries are not helping matters, but Swansea have taken only six points from eight matches and they have been particularly poor on their travels.
The Swans have already lost on trips to West Brom, Preston and Cardiff, with their only point on the road coming in a 1-1 draw with fellow strugglers QPR.
Millwall, on the other hand, have picked up in recent weeks after a slow start and have picked up eight points from their last five matches.
Only Leeds have beaten them during that period and consecutive clean sheets against Rotherham and West Brom suggest they are capable of frustrating a Swans outfit who have been starved of confidence.
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