Millwall vs Swansea City preview: Battle to stay in play-off race at The Den
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Millwall and Swansea City will face off at The Den on Tuesday evening, with both teams looking to reignite their bids to secure a play-off spot.

Swansea suffered a disappointing 1-0 defeat to strugglers Luton Town at home last time out, leaving The Swans with just one win in their last five league games, meaning they are now four points behind sixth-placed Cardiff City heading into the midweek round of fixtures.

For Millwall, it hasn’t been any better, having failed to win either of their first two games since the resumption of the league. The Lions managed just one shot on target as they were forced to settle for a point away from home against Barnsley last weekend.

If there was a time for Gary Rowett’s team to hit form, it would be now, seeing as though after Swansea they have no one currently in the top eight left to play, giving them arguably the easiest run-in of the play-off contenders.

Neither of these sides are full of goals, with Millwall and Swansea occupying the bottom two spots for goals scored in the top 13 teams of the division.

Team news

Rowett could revert back to 4-2-3-1 system in midweek to allow for the return of central midfielder Ryan Woods and striker Matt Smith, with Tom Bradshaw the most likely to make way for Smith in the starting line-up.

Aiden O'Brien is the home side's only confirmed absentee for Tuesday night's clash, with Ben Thompson and Shaun Hutchinson both returning to fitness in time for Saturday's game for Millwall’s 0-0 draw against Barnsley.

Steve Cooper could call upon defender Marc Guehi and central midfielder George Byers to provide some fresh legs as his side travel to London on Tuesday night, in the hope they will reinvigorate his side back to the intensity level they showed against Middlesbrough.

Young winger Jordan Garrick will serve a suspension after he was sent off for raising his hand to an opponent's face amid a melee involving both sets of players in the Luton defeat.

Predicted lineups

Millwall (4-2-3-1): Bialkowski; Romeo, Hutchinson, Cooper, M.Wallace; Williams, Woods; J.Wallace, Molumby, Ferguson; Smith.

Swansea (4-2-3-1): Woodman; Roberts, Guehi, Wilmot, Bidwell; Byers, Grimes; Kalulu, Gallagher, Ayew; Brewster.

Ones to watch

Millwall – Jed Wallace

If anybody is going to light a spark in this Millwall team to push them forward, it is going to by the right-winger Wallace, who has been directly involved in 19 goals this season (10 goals and nine assists).

However, his last goal or assist in the Championship came against Leeds in January, so, if Rowett’s side are to get back to best, they need to get Wallace as involved as it was at the end of last year when he scored or assisted in eight straight games.

Swansea – Rhian Brewster

The Welsh club may be low scorers, but more recently, away from home, they have been able to count on the goals of the on-loan Liverpool striker.

Brewster has produced his best performances away from the Liberty Stadium, netting all but one of his half-a-dozen goals on the road, including two in their last away game against Middlesbrough.

Last time out

Incidentally, it was the aforementioned Wallace that was the hero for Millwall the last time they played Swansea, scoring the only goal of the game with a fantastic free-kick.

At the time, it was the third win for Rowett in just four games as Millwall boss and it was his team’s first victory over The Swans since 2008.

Where to watch

The game will be shown live on Sky Sports, ‘iFollow Millwall’ and ‘Swans TV’ for those with access, whilst kick-off is at 17:00 on Tuesday 30th June.

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