Rotherham United host Huddersfield Town at the New York Stadium on Saturday…
The Millers go into this game on the back of an impressive 1-1 draw away at Birmingham City.
Paul Warne’s men were unlucky not to take all three points away at St Andrew’s. They looked to have the game won as Kieran Sadlier slotted away a penalty with just a few minutes left.
But the Blues earned a penalty of their own moments later to make sure the game ended all square.
This still adds to a strong start to the season for Rotherham, having picked up four points out of a possible nine. It could have easily been more, but Rotherham should still be pleased with their start to the season.
Huddersfield Town have had a tough start to the campaign, though. They lost their opening two league games to Norwich and Brentford.
But last time out, they picked up their first win of the season as they beat Nottingham Forest 1-0. It was vital for the Terriers’ new boss, Carlos Corberan, to get up and running with his first win.
They should come into this derby against Rotherham fairly confident. The Millers should be full of confidence as well, which could make for an entertaining Yorkshire derby on Saturday…
— Rotherham United (@OfficialRUFC) October 2, 2020
It is fair to say that Rotherham have a wretched record against Huddersfield. The Millers have only won once against them since 1992, which spreads over 19 meetings…
Rotherham’s last win came during the 2014/15 Championship season. They beat Huddersfield 2-0 thanks to goals from Kari Arnason and Conor Sammon. This win propelled Steve Evans’ side to safety in the second tier.
Their last league meeting came during the 2016/17 season, as Huddersfield were promoted to the Premier League.
It was a classic at the New York Stadium. Rotherham played brilliantly that day but succumbed to a last-minute goal from Tommy Smith to give the visitors a 3-2 victory.
It is really positive news on the injury front for Rotherham ahead of Saturday’s game. Warne’s side are a clean bill of health and he has a full squad to choose from.
Clark Robertson, Trevor Clarke and Joe Mattock have all returned to training. The defenders may not be fit enough to start, but they could certainly play a part at the weekend.
It was announced on Friday that Dan Barlaser has returned to the club on a permanent deal from Newcastle. Rotherham had been chasing him all summer after he shone last season, helping Warne’s side to promotion back to the Championship.
This Saturday’s game should be an interesting one that pits two teams with varied styles against each other. Rotherham vs Huddersfield should certainly be different than their games against Wycombe and Millwall.
Terriers boss Corberan comes from a similar mould to Marcelo Bielsa, after spending a few years working under him. He will ensure that his Huddersfield team play a high-octane style and play it on the ground with quick interchanges.
Rotherham have faced some tough opposition so far, and they have fared really well. If was not for a penalty and a mistake, Warne’s men would have three clean sheets out of three.
It is still early, but these are extremely positive signs from the newly promoted team. This shows that they have made huge strides of improvement since their last time playing in the Championship.
The Millers have a poor record against Huddersfield of late, but this Terriers side is a lot different to when the teams last met.
They are far weaker than when they faced each other in 2017, while Rotherham are a much stronger outfit now in comparison to then.
Huddersfield still have a number of players who can cause Rotherham problems. Former players Danny Ward and Josh Koroma will carry a lot of threat going forward for Huddersfield.
But given their start, Rotherham should be considered favourites for this one, especially with the game being at the New York Stadium.
We expect the Millers to continue their impressive start to the season, with a steady 2-0 win with goals from Kieran Sadlier and Michael Smith…
The Millers Reporter Prediction… Rotherham United 2-0 Huddersfield Town