Rotherham United vs Sheffield Wednesday; 1pm 16/2/19 at AESSEAL New York Stadium
The latest encounter between these two local rivals is set for Saturday at Rotherham’s New York Stadium.
Wednesday are sitting in midtable in the the Championship, with the visitors sitting in 16th place, 12 points clear of Rotherham, and have won 4 of the last 6 encounters between the two sides. The last two games have ended in a 0-0 stalemate, with their opponents being Reading and fellow midtable rivals Millwall. The last 5 games have been a mixed bag for the Owls, the draws following two wins, a loss and another draw. Since Steve Bruce was appointed, Wednesday haven’t conceded a goal, although they have only scored once during the same period, a 90th minute winner from Lucas João against rock-bottom Ipswich.
Rotherham, on the other hand, have had worse fortunes. The Millers are winless in six, with a hat-trick of draws following a hat-trick of losses. This run of form has left them in the relegation zone, a point behind Reading, but with a worse goal difference of -20, compared to Reading’s -11. Still, it was a spirited display to fight back to draw with Hull 2-2 in their last game, coming back from 2-0 down after only 25 minutes on the clock.
The home side will still be going in with additional confidence, banking on their average of 1.3 goals scored at home, compared to Sheffield Wednesday’s 1 goal per away game.
Rotherham’s defence is fairly leaky at home however. On average, 1.5 shots have been allowed past the goalkeeper into the net, while Wednesday’s 1.6 average away from home suggests a game with goals, although recent matches cast a shadow of doubt.
Rotherham will be without Kyle Vassal, as he is set to undergo surgery on his groin, with Jamie Proctor also undergoing surgery. However, Ryan Williams and Clark Robertson will hopefully be available for derby day.
Sheffield Wednesday will have to do without Kieran Lee (hip), Gary Hooper (groin) and Josh Onomah (hamstring), as they are still out with injuries.
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