Rotherham United play their first Championship game of the season at the New York Stadium against Millwall this Saturday…
Paul Warne’s side got off to a flyer in their opening Championship game. After a scrappy encounter at Wycombe, Michael Ihiekwe struck in the final moments to earn the Millers all three points.
It was the perfect start for Rotherham, picking up a huge away win at a place where a lot of teams will struggle this season.
This win saw the Millers match their record of one win in their previous two campaigns in the second-tier. Warne’s side will be desperate to build some valuable momentum from this win in the coming weeks, starting on Saturday.
Millwall meanwhile started their season with an uneventful 0-0 draw at home to Stoke. They also played in midweek in the Carabao Cup. Gary Rowett’s side avoided a potential banana skin against Crawley Town, advancing to the third round with a 3-1 victory.
Rowett will be keen to take all three points at the New York Stadium on Saturday. They finished last season just outside of the play-off places in the Championship. You have to think that they see this season as a chance for them to go a step further and finish in the top six.
Millwall and Rotherham share quite similar ideologies. They both look to outwork their opposition, and Saturday’s game is sure to be a hard-fought matchup between two dedicated clubs.
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Rotherham have a very positive record against Millwall of late. The Millers are unbeaten in their previous four meetings against Saturday’s opponents dating back to August 2014.
Millwall and Rotherham went seven years without facing each other between 2007 and 2014. The Lion’s last win was a convincing 4-0 victory in 2007. Former Miller Darren Byfield scored twice that day to help the Londoners to a victory.
The last meeting between the pair came in February 2019 in a game that finished 0-0 at the Den. Their previous game at the New York Stadium came earlier that season and it was won 1-0 by Rotherham. Sean Raggett’s first-half header was enough to earn all three points on that afternoon.
The Millers will be without Clark Robertson for this weekends game. The centre-back started in the win over Wycombe, but a calf issue will keep him out against Millwall.
But there is positive news on the defensive front, as Richard Wood is back available for selection after suffering from a back injury. New signing Angus MacDonald is also fit and available for Saturday.
Warne also provided an update on Curtis Tilt on Thursday. The former Blackpool man is said to be ahead of schedule in his recovery from a hip operation, and he will return to training on Monday.
You should expect this game to follow a similar tone to Rotherham’s win over Wycombe. It will see two committed sides go toe-to-toe and for an important victory.
This Millwall outfit is a very different team to the one the Millers came up against when they were last in the Championship.
The Lions are one of the most improved teams in recent seasons. They have gone from being one of the weakest sides to one of the most well-drilled teams in the division.
This game will no doubt be a big test for Warne’s team. They are facing a side who will have realistic hopes of promotion this season after narrowly missing out on the play-offs last time around.
But the Millers should have no fear going into this one, especially after picking up a valuable away win last week.
Each team should be feeling pretty confident going into Saturday, which should make for a very closely-contested game.
There will not be very much that separates the sides, but we will go for a narrow 2-1 Millers win with goals from Matt Crooks and George Hirst…