Rotherham cashed in a game in hand on Tuesday night with a come from behind 3-1 win over Queens Park Rangers. The victory has Rotherham just three points back of relegation safety. Now, on Thursday night, the Millers host Coventry City in a massive Championship six-point match. Which team are Rotherham chasing in the fight for Championship safety? Coventry City, of course, and they will be Rotherham’s opponent on Thursday night in a game the bottom third of the Championship table will all be watching.
Coventry City are coming off of a weekend 4-1 defeat to Bournemouth. Now, the Sky Blues must shake off the loss to the promotion-chasing Cherries and get a vital win against Rotherham. An additional three points will put Coventry City six points ahead of Rotherham with five matches to play.
In contrast, Rotherham will still have seven games to play following their match versus Coventry City. Due to the number of games in hand that Rotherham have at the moment, no team from 15th-place Nottingham Forest down to 20th-Derby County are safe.
Rotherham and Coventry City came up from League One last season and have a history against each other. The Sky Blues are unbeaten in back-to-back games. They won the reverse fixture in the Championship 3-1 thanks to goals from Maxime Biamou, Tyler Walker and an own goal from Michael Smith. Rotherham’s lone goal came with the game well out of hand as Daniel Barlaser scored a penalty.
Rotherham vs Coventry City Odds
Manager Paul Warne will believe the team can claim another result on Thursday night to push their run to three games without a defeat. Rotherham took seven points from the last 18 on offer. They managed just six goals during that six-game timeframe while allowing nine to opponents. They have got back-to-back results and are in form at the right time of the campaign.
The Millers have been poor at home this season despite their current form. Their win at home versus Queens Park Rangers was the team’s first in six attempts. It ended a five-match losing streak. Rotherham have the Championship’s worst points total at home. They have just 18 points from 19 games at the New York Stadium. Leading sportsbooks have Rotherham at odds of 20/13 to win the match at the end of full-time.
Coventry City also took seven points from the last 18 available. The Sky Blues struggled in front of goal during those six matches scoring a mere five times. The defence allowed 10 goals to opponents over the same period of time. Leading sportsbooks have Coventry City at odds of 19/10 to win away from home versus the Millers.
Manager Mark Robins’ team are at the bottom of the Championship’s away points standings. They have collected a mere 11 points from 60 available on the road. Their last three games away from St. Andrew’s Stadium finished in losses.
Rotherham vs Coventry City Team News
According to the latest news on Wednesday, Coventry City manager Robins is on the radar of fellow Championship club Bristol City. The Robins are interested in naming Robins as the new manager next season. Former Watford manager Nigel Pearson is in charge of Bristol City until the end of the season. Bristol City want to make a permanent, long-term change with Robins tipped as their next manager.
Robins has four names on the Coventry City injury list going into the game. Michael Rose is a doubt due to a groin strain. Defender Fankaty Dabo could return following a hamstring injury. Midfielder Ben Sheaf has a hip issue but could make the squad. Forward Jodi Jones is ruled out through injury for the rest of the season.
Rotherham manager Warne is hoping key player Matt Olosunde will recover from a weekend injury suffered against Huddersfield. The wing-back came off in the 73rd minute with a calf issue. Coventry City’s Ryan Giles, who is on loan at Rotherham, could play in Olosunde’s place. The Millers are playing their second game in nine days – they will play four matches in nine days due to postponements. It is being called the “Week of Death” by the club.
Just one player is on Warne’s injury list going into the match. Defender Joe Mattock has an ankle injury. He could return to the team for the Thursday night match, however.
Rotherham vs Coventry City Prediction
Both teams to score YES @6/7 - BET NOW
The reverse fixture between Rotherham and Coventry City finished 3-1 with both sides finding the back of the net. Four of the last six games between Rotherham and Coventry City in all competitions have finished with both teams scoring goals. Back-to-back games between the teams ended with both sides scoring. Coventry City’s last two Championship matches ended with both teams scoring.
Freddie Ladapo to score anytime @ 7/4 - BET NOW
Freddie Ladapo has nine goals in 34 Championship matches for the Millers. It is the second-most goals scored at Rotherham. Only Michael Smith has more goals for the club. Ladapo is in great form going into the Thursday night match. He scored twice against Queens Park Rangers on Tuesday night.
Over 2.5 goals scored @ 11/10 - BET NOW
Five of the last six matches between Rotherham and Coventry City in all competitions finished with over 2.5 goals scored. They combined for four goals in the reverse fixture and with six points up for grabs in the relegation fight, the two sides could play on the front foot from the beginning of the game. The Sky Blues’ last three matches all finished with over 2.5 goals tallied. Three of the last six matches in the Championship played by Rotherham ended with more than 2.5 goals scored.
The Millers are unbeaten in back-to-back games. Thursday’s match is massive for both teams’ hopes of remaining in the Championship. Rotherham are in better form and could snatch three massive points to pull level with Coventry City in the standings. They would emerge from the relegation zone thanks to a slightly better goal difference.
Rotherham vs Coventry Tips
Here are our tips for Thursday's Championship match between Rotherham United and Coventry City.
1. Both teams to score YES @6/7
2. Freddie Ladapo to score anytime @ 7/4
3. Over 2.5 goals scored @ 11/10
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