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Preview | Millwall v Swindon Town

16 October 2015

All you need to know about Saturday's game

Millwall host Swindon Town on Saturday aiming to record a third successive home victory at The Den for the first time in three years.

Having lost all four of their opening League One matches on home soil this season, The Lions have rediscovered that winning touch in SE16 with consecutive wins against Rochdale (3-1) and Northampton (2-0).  

The Lions may be the bookies favourites to see off a Swindon side that have lost six of their last seven starts, including a 2-0 JPT defeat at Oxford United, but The Robins will have revenge firmly in mind having lost out on the chance of a place in the Championship when the two teams last met in the 2009/10 League One Play-Off Final.  

What the managers say

Neil Harris: "We went into the international break with a really positive mindset after putting in a solid, workmanlike display against Northampton in the JPT. 

"That performance and result came on the back of our frustration at what happened against Peterborough United. We played really well there and bossed the game for large periods, but managed to let five goals in. 

"Saturday will be another tough game. I have seen them a couple of times this year and Swindon have some good players.

"We will have to be at our best to make sure we put in a performance and get the points."

Mark Cooper: "We have got a lot of players unavailable at the moment and until we get them back it's going to be hard. It is difficult when you're having to play different players every week and until you get a settled team it's difficult to get anything set in stone.

"You come back to the fact that you've got so many of your better players unavailable, until they get back fit it is going to be difficult. Somehow we have to scramble a result from somewhere."

Team news

Millwall welcome midfielder Shaun Williams back from suspension for the visit of Swindon Town, but will missing a trio of players through injury. 

Williams missed The Lions' last game before the international break, a 2-0 JPT win against Northampton Town, having picked up his fifth booking of the season the previous Saturday at Peterborough United. 

But having served his one-match suspension Williams is now available for selection to boost a midfield depleted by the continued absence of Jimmy Abdou (shoulder) and Ed Upson (knee). 

Saturday's Den encounter could also see recent signing George Saville make his first League start for The Lions having signed on loan from Wolves hours before making his debut in the JPT game with Northampton. 

Winger Paris Cowan-Hall has made solid progress from a groin injury sustained playing for the U21s last September, but Saturday's game could be just a tad too soon to be considered for selection.  

Swindon manager Mark Cooper is facing something of an injury crisis with striker Jermaine Hylton this week becoming the latest player to be consigned to Town's treatment room after picking up a groin strain in training. 

Louis Thompson, Jon Obika, Nathan Thompson, Jordan Turnbull, Wes Thomas, Jordan Williams, Kevin Stewart and Fabien Robert are already ruled out whilst a late decision will be made on the availability of Brad Barry, Yaser Kasim and defender Rafa Branco.

Head to head

Saturday's game will be the 93rd encounter between The Lions and Robins - and it is just over five years since the two sides last faced each other on a memorable day at Wembley in the League One Play-Off Final.

On that historic occasion in May 2010 Lions skipper Paul Robinson lived up to his name of 'Captain Fantastic' by scoring the only goal of a tense League One Play-Off Final as Millwall sealed their return to the Championship. 

A quartet of players - David Forde, Tony Craig, Jimmy Abdou and Steve Morison - are still at Millwall whilst Jon Obika, an unused sub for The Lions on that May day, now plays for Swindon.

Overall in the previous 92 matches, Millwall have won 36 with 27 games drawn and Swindon victorious in the other 29 fixtures. 

Tickets

Lions fans can purchase their ticket on the day of the game right up to kick-off at The Den (3pm). The Millwall Ticket Office opens at 10am.

Coverage

Unable to make it to the game? As ever Lions PlayerHD will be bringing you full match commentary so you can keep up-to-date with all the action from The Den. To tune in click here.

You can also follow updates via @MillwallFC, the club's official Twitter account.

Betting

Sky Bet have priced Millwall 3/4 for the win, Swindon at 100/30 and the draw priced at 11/4.

Find a comprehensive list of odds on the game by clicking here.

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