The Swans play host to an unpredictable Millwall side this Saturday at the Liberty Stadium.
Their Jekyll sees languishing in 15th position, courtesy of defensive lapses and a poor attacking unit. Meanwhile, the Hyde in Jack Rowett’s side sees them act as a thorn in the side of teams looking to climb the table.
And considering the position that the likes of Sam Surridge and co find themselves in – in fourth position, with Sheffield Wednesday breathing down their necks – a win is very much needed.
Which is why although our Swansea vs Millwall predictions are forecasting a win for the promotion-hopefuls, it won’t be without having to fight off the Lions, whose battling prowess is mentioned in our 2019/20 Championship season preview.
So, first things first…
Swansea vs Millwall Predictions
The Swans have had their fair share of toil in the early stages of the season. They began the campaign in style, and yet since then, things haven’t panned out as well as Steve Cooper would’ve hoped.
And the running theme of their performances of late have been defensive lapses resulting in leads being passed up, and late goals needed to save points in the dying moments of games.
None more so evident than against Sheffield Wednesday last weekend, when they needed a 95th-minute equaliser to avoid defeat.
Through Andre Ayew they led, but as mentioned, they could not hold onto their opener were quickly behind again.
The man who spearheaded the Wednesday crusade was Fernando Forestieri who levelled the proceedings, before returning again to haunt the Swans with the part he played in Morgan Fox’s injury-time effort-cum-potential-winner.
And yet, Cooper’s men rose together in one final attack, claiming their second goal of the night through Ben Wilmot.
Sure, it was a topsy-turvy last 10 minutes to the game, and it would be easy to paint the Swans as the resilient, never-say-die heroes. However, the struggle they faced in nullifying Wednesday’s back four provides extra fuel for our Swansea vs Millwall predictions that expect the Lions to roar back.
You only had to watch Rowett’s side performance against Charlton to understand where our projections derive from.
Indeed, the home side made a strong start to the game through Shaun Hutchinson’s opener. From there on, the opportunities were flooding Millwall’s way and they had the chance to double their lead via Mahlon Romeo were it not for Dillon Phillips heroics.
However, the Addicks fought back and soon after the break they were level through Jonathan Leko’s quick thinking from a corner.
The man who proved to be the hero when it looked as if the hosts would’ve had to be content with a point was none other than substitute Matt Smith.
Smith’s late header gave Millwall victory over their South London rivals, and proof that the Lions possess enough bang for their buck to contend with this weekend’s opponents.
Swansea vs Millwall Head To Head
Cooper’s men have only lost once in the last six games in this fixture, providing fuel for our Swansea vs Millwall predictions.
The solitary defeat came over a decade ago in 2008, when the Swans were battling it out in League One. And ever since, they’ve never looked back.
From draws to hard-fought victories, this weekend’s hosts are very much in the driving seat and should be powering their way to another three points, albeit with a little resistance.
Swansea Team News
The Swans have been dealt with a major blow ahead of the weekend clash with the news that they’ll be without their talisman Surridge.
Surridge has been in prolific form lately, scoring five goals in his 13 appearances for this Saturday’s hosts.
However, the on-loan Bournemouth striker hit a roadblock last week against Sheffield Wednesday when he picked up a knock to the knee in the dying moments of the game and has had to withdraw from international duties.
Swansea reps have confirmed that he’ll be getting a precautionary scan in the next few days to suss out the extent of the damage caused.
And even though early reports suggest that the knee injury isn’t as serious as initially thought, our Swansea vs Millwall predictions wager that even a substitute appearance could be costly for the host’s chances of claiming all three points.
Millwall Team News
The only positive news for the Lions is their lack of injury concerns ahead of the trip to the Liberty Stadium.
Combine this with the potential early return of Nicky Baily and there are reasons to be cheerful for travelling fans.
In other news, expect a similar starting XI featured against Charlton last weekend. In particular for continuity purposes, but also for Rowett to have his front-line lieutenants in the squad against an in-form Swansea team.
Swansea vs Millwall Betting Tips
A tough encounter on home turf is very much on the cards for the hosts, reflected in both our Swansea vs Millwall predictions and the betting tips.
Indeed, with the Swans operating as a 91/100 pick, their chances of dominating as betting favourites are diminished.
Considerably so with the visitors trading as 63/20 underdogs. Meanwhile, the probability of the points being shared registers in at odds of 5/2 in our Swansea vs Millwall match bets.
All in all, a closely-matched affair that Cooper’s men will have to navigate smartly to ensure they emerge with all three points.