2023-24 Sky Bet Championship: Week Eight – Saturday

Rotherham United host Preston North End at New York Stadium in a huge Championship clash, with implications at both ends of the table. 

Victory would see Rotherham stay out of the relegation zone, whilst Preston can stay top with a win.

 

Team News

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Cohen Bramall is a doubt for Rotherham after he missed their defeat at Millwall in midweek with a knock.

Sean Morrison, Lee Peltier (both calf), Grant Hall, Cafu (both hamstring) and Jamie Lindsay (Achilles) remain absent.

Preston will have Liam Millar available for selection, after he was substituted in their midweek win over Birmingham City with cramp.

Calvin Ramsay (unspecified), Emil Riis Jakobsen (knee), Will Keane (adductor) and Ched Evans (neck) remain absent.

 

When is Kick-Off?

Rotherham host Preston at New York Stadium in a 3pm BST kick-off on Saturday 23 September, untelevised live in the UK.

 

Stat Attack

  • Rotherham have lost just one of their last seven meetings against Preston (W3, D3, L1).
  • Preston are unbeaten in three of their last five visits to Rotherham (W2, D1, L2).
  • Each of their last three meetings at New York Stadium have been settled by a 2-1 result, of which two of those three games were won by Rotherham to Preston’s one win.
  • Rotherham have taken four points from their three league games at home this season (W1, D1, L1), during which they failed to keep a clean sheet on all three occasions.
  • Preston have kept just two clean sheets in seven league matches this season.

 

Prediction

Rotherham were naturally expected to be a bottom-half team given their budget but to concede three goals at Millwall underlined their vulnerability in the physical moments, which has to improve especially defensively coming into this tricky home game.

Preston meanwhile continue to be on a roll with no defeats yet but clinical finishing proved crucial in a slightly sluggish midweek win over Birmingham City, although I do expect them be back on their best attacking foot such is their confidence.

Although Rotherham are capable of scoring goals despite having fired blank in their last two games, I just can’t see Preston losing this game such is their momentum, although their head-to-head form could be an omnious concern.

Prediction: Rotherham 1-2 Preston

Result: Rotherham 1-1 Preston

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