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Swansea should give Millwall plenty of problems

Lions vulnerable at the back

Millwall manager Neil Harris
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Swansea lost some of their most influential players after relegation from the Premier League but they have made a solid start and look value to take something away from their televised tussle with Millwall at the Den.

Visiting teams are often given a tough time at Millwall but Swansea might have timed their visit to perfection.

Confidence in the home ranks has been unsettled by back-to-back Sky Bet Championship defeats - 2-1 at Sheffield Wednesday and 1-0 at Rotherham - and the Lions' small squad is looking a little stretched due to injuries to centre-back Shaun Hutchinson and midfielder Ryan Tunnicliffe.

According to Millwall manager Neil Harris, Hutchinson will be out for the forseeable future and his loss is a big blow because he has been the kingpin of Lions' backline.

Summer signing Murray Wallace came in alongside Jake Cooper for the last two matches and has struggled.

Cooper was rested for Wednesday's EFL Cup tie at home to Plymouth and Millwall looked even more vulnerable at the back as they scraped a 3-2 success over a team perched at the bottom of Sky Bet League One.

The Lions midfield has also been understrength for much of the campaign with George Saville now having left to join Middlesbrough on loan and Tunnicliffe missing the victory over Plymouth with a toe injury.

With Millwall likely to be weakened in central defence and midfield, it may open the door for Swansea to flourish.

An intimidating atmosphere awaits the Welsh side but they coped admirably with similar circumstances on the opening weekend of the season when coming from behind to win 2-1 at Sheffield United.

Over the course of 46 games Swansea may discover that their squad is too thin to sustain a promotion challenge.

However, key players were left out of Tuesday's 1-0 loss at home Crystal Palace in the EFL Cup second round and Swansea may feel the benefits of that selection for this game. They look excellent value to avoid defeat.

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Team news
Shaun Hutchinson is injured and Ryan Tunnicliffe (toe) is a doubt. Tom Bradshaw was cup-tied in midweek and could feature.

Jay Fulton (broken arm) is set to miss out but Oli McBurnie (toe) and Cameron Carter-Vickers (leg) are available.

Key stat
Millwall have won two of their last nine league matches.

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