Wednesday well placed to enhance a terrific record at Rotherham
With Sheffield United still languishing in League 1, Steel City derbies have almost become a thing of the past. But it’s only a short drive up the M18 to the New York Stadium for Sheffield Wednesday fans, who will be out in force for this Friday’s match with Rotherham United.
The Millers just escaped relegation last season to keep this fixture intact but are again struggling. However, they fought back to grab a point against high-flying Reading on Tuesday in new manager Neil Redfearn’s first home match in charge and they like nothing better than putting one over their local rivals from the big city when the opportunity arises.
That said, it’s almost 40 years since Wednesday last lost a league game in Rotherham, though they were beaten in a League Cup tie at the New York Stadium in 2013.
Last season’s corresponding fixture was a cracker with Wednesday scoring twice in stoppage time, through Atdhe Nuhui and Kieran Lee, to turn defeat into victory. Anyone who left that game early to catch their bus certainly missed all the excitement with four goals coming in the last five minutes.
Chris Maguire was on the Wednesday bench that day but now plies his trade with the Millers and he’ll be particularly keen to get a result against his former employers. But he won’t know many of this new-look Wednesday side, who gained a point themselves in midweek with a hard-fought goalless draw at QPR.
Carlos Carvalhal was philosophical, however, and refused the criticise the match officials. He was more upset that his team have only taken two points out of a possible six over the last week, though pleased that they’ve kept their unbeaten run going – it’s now seven matches since the Owls last tasted defeat.
The manager made seven changes at QPR and will probably rotate his squad again for the trip to Rotherham. Sougou has a suspected dislocated shoulder so will miss out and Michael Turner has a knee injury. But Marco Matias and Daniel Pudil will come back into contention with Barry Bannan possibly ready for a rest ahead of Wednesday’s Capital One Cup game against Arsenal next week.
Wednesday’s record at Rotherham makes the visitors hard to oppose in our Full Time Result betting at 6/4. The Owls are 51/20 to score 2 in our Goals Away Team market, though Rotherham rarely draw a blank so it may also be worth looking at our odds of 4/5 for Both Teams To Score.
The match kicks off at 7.45pm on Friday, October 23rd at the New York Stadium
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