Swansea v Millwall

09 December 2010 12:52
Skipper Garry Monk has been passed fit following a calf injury and is expected to replace Alan Tate in the centre of Swansea City's defence.Striker Jermaine Easter may make his Swans debut if he comes through a late fitness test on a thigh injury, but Tom Butler is out with his thigh problem. [LNB]Millwall midfielder Liam Trotter has also been nursing a thigh problem and remains a doubt. [LNB]Forward Kevin Lisbie is hoping to return after a knee strain. [LNB][LNB] MATCH PREVIEW A win for Swansea would see them move up to second in the table, leapfrogging arch rivals Cardiff and increasing the pressure on the Bluebirds ahead of their away match against Middlesbrough on Saturday. [LNB]But the Swans have looked vulnerable on their own patch recently, losing two of their last three home matches, so the return to fitness of captain Garry Monk is a major boost given that City kept clean sheets in all but one of the seven matches prior to his latest injury problem. [LNB]Kenny Jackett signed Monk on a free transfer from Barnsley during a three-year spell as Swansea manager, and returns to the Liberty Stadium hoping that his Millwall side can continue their excellent recent run. The Lions are unbeaten in three matches, having kept three consecutive clean sheets. [LNB]Jackett, who has achieved promotions with both the Lions and Swansea, this week insisted that much-admired striker Steve Morison is not for sale. Morison's brace in Saturday's win against Scunthorpe took his goal tally for the season to 10. [LNB][LNB] MATCH FACTS Head-to-head[LNB]• This is the 45th meeting of these clubs. Millwall have won 18 and Swansea 17 of the previous 44. [LNB] Have your say on this match • Swansea have won one of the club's five home matches against the Lions over the last 62 years. [LNB]Swansea[LNB]• Swansea have won five of their last eight matches. [LNB]• They have scored the first goal in 12 of their Championship games this season. [LNB]• If selected, Jermaine Easter will make his 250th league appearance. [LNB]Millwall[LNB]• Millwall are yet to win a game this season in which they have conceded the opening goal. [LNB]• They are conceding, on average, a goal per away game (10 in 10). [LNB]• The south London club are five goals away from their 2,000th in the second tier.

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