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14 February 2014

Our preview of the trip to Rotherham...

Rotherham United

Sky Bet League 1

Saturday 15th February

The New York Stadium, New York Way, Rotherham, S60 1AH

Kick-off: 3pm


Weather forecast: 6°c, rainy, sunny spells

Referee: Scott Mathieson


Last time we met:


Boro were brushed aside by Rotherham earlier in the season as The Millers won 3-0 at the Lamex. Ben Pringle put the visitors ahead after only 14 minutes and Chris Day made a number of key saves leading up to the half to keep Rotherham in sight. An injury to Day just before half-time meant that Steve Arnold had to join the action and he was kept a busy man in the second half. Claude Davis headed after half an hour to make it 2-0 and a long range strike from O’Connor five minutes later sealed the win.



Team news:


Jon Ashton and Filipe Morais are both recovering from minor injuries and Graham Westley has stated that he won't be taking any unnecessary risks on players, with a busy schedule ahead. 


Rotherham have almost a full squad to choose from, midfielder Rob Milsom the only doubt. Club captain, Craig Morgan is back to full fitness after a foot operation and deadline day signing, Nicky Adams is expected to make his debut for the club.


View from the dressing room:



Betting:


Confident Boro fans could be rich come 5pm on Saturday as Stevenage are huge underdogs to get the win– a massive 5/1 with Sky Bet.

A 1-0 Boro win is 14/1, whilst 2-0 is 33/1 and 2-1 is 16/1.

For Zoko to score and Boro to win, you get odds of 13/2 - he's the same price to be top scorer.

Sign up to Sky Bet through any of the attached links to earn yourself a free £5 bet whilst helping the club earn extra revenue.


Recent form:


The Millers are in good recent form – five wins, one draw and two losses in their last eight games puts Rotherham right near the top of the form table. Bad weather has meant that they've not played since the 1st February when they recorded an impressive win at home to Leyton Orient. 


The vital statistics:


Rotherham are five points clear of 7th place and looking good for a play-off spot this season. Their away form has been terrific - they’ve got the second best away record in the league with nine wins, two draws and three losses. On the other side, their home record isn’t what Steve Evans would expect as seven draws have held them back as they only have the 11th best home form in the league.


Key man:


Ben Pringle had a great game at the Lamex when Rotherham beat Stevenage earlier this season and he's continued his great form throughout the season. Able to play anywhere across the midfield, he adds goals and assists to the side whenever he's in the team. Pringle started his career at non-league Newcastle Blue Star before moving onto Morpeth, and then Ilkeston Town. He got his big break in 2009 when Derby County came calling and after a couple of years in the midlands he signed for Rotherham, where he's playing the best football of his career.


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