Rotherham United are back in action after the international break as they host Norwich City at the New York Stadium…
This will no doubt be to Warne’s disappointment, but the Millers are well covered with Richie Barker and Matt Hamshaw stepping up in his absence.
Norwich has always been a favourite game for Warne. He is originally from that area, and a lot of his family support the Canaries. Though because the game is behind closed doors, the occasion would not have been the same for Warne anyway.
Rotherham will still go into this one fairly confident. The Millers sit in 12th place in the Championship after making a solid start to the season.
They have five points, after drawing their last two games 1-1 against Birmingham City and Huddersfield Town respectively. Their only win of the campaign came on the opening day as they beat Wycombe 1-0 at Adams Park.
Norwich are five places below Rotherham in 17th after picking up four points from their first four league games. Like Rotherham, their only win came in their first game as they beat Huddersfield 1-0.
Since then they drew 2-2 with Preston, but they have lost back to back games to Bournemouth and Derby County.
Daniel Farke’s side have sold Ben Godfrey to Everton, and Todd Cantwell could still be on his way out. But they still have a strong squad at this level, despite them making an unsteady start to the campaign.
The Canaries will be another tough test for Rotherham to overcome. But early signs show that they are set-up well to deal with the problems Norwich could cause them.
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Paul Warne was on iFollow Millers press duty ahead of Saturday's game.
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Norwich have fared really well against Rotherham of late. The Millers have only won once against the Canaries since 1981, which covers the last 17 meetings.
Their most recent win over them did come at the New York Stadium, though. It came in January 2017, during the season Rotherham were relegated to League One. Jerry Yates and Tom Adeyemi scored either side of a Cameron Jerome goal to earn the Millers a rare 2-1 victory over the visitors.
Their last meeting was in March 2019, as Norwich were chasing promotion to the Premier League. It was a close game but Kenny McLean and Godfrey scored before and after half time to earn them a 2-1 win, while Semi Ajayi scored for the Millers.
It is all positive news on the injury front for the Millers. Trevor Clarke and Clark Robertson are both stepping up their match fitness in preparation for a return.
The break allowed Dan Barlaser to get up to speed with the rest of the squad as well. The former Newcastle United midfielder is unlikely to start, but he is set to play a part on Saturday.
The Millers will likely be without Curtis Tilt. The former Blackpool defender is expected to head out on loan to a League One side to build up his fitness. Sunderland and Wigan are two of the teams believed to interested in him.
Rotherham United are a very different proposition compared to the last time they faced Norwich. At that point, they were struggling defensively as they fought for their lives to avoid relegation.
We are only a few games into the new season, but Rotherham look like a much stronger defensive outfit. Warne’s side have been tough to break down, and their resilience has made it difficult for everyone they have faced so far.
The Millers still have to be wary of Norwich, who are a proven side at this level. They have numerous players who can hurt Rotherham, including Marco Stiepermann, Emiliano Buendia and Teemu Pukki.
Rotherham could perhaps be driven even further by their manager’s absence. They will make sure they give Norwich a difficult game at the very least. If the visitors take any points away on Saturday, they will have to work hard for them against this Millers outfit.
The home side have players themselves who can cause Norwich problems. It should prove to be an interesting game between two contrasting sides.
Norwich have not shown their best form so far this campaign. If they are not right at it at the New York Stadium, they will struggle to get the win.
This is a tough game to predict given the inconsistent form of Norwich, as they certainly have enough talent to break through Rotherham’s solid backline.
We will play it safe and predict a 1-1 draw for this one. Rotherham are well set to pick up some more points and Norwich will have to perform well to stop that from happening…
Prediction: Rotherham United 1-1 Norwich City