Our prediction for this Championship match:
Cardiff City will be looking to build on back-to-back wins over Wycombe and Birmingham City when they take on Rotherham United in the Championship round 46. The Bluebirds have been impressive in front of goal of late, but that is unlikely to help them book their place in the playoffs. Anyhow, Cardiff’s pride will be at stake in Saturday’s clash as Rotherham are fighting hard to secure the survival.
Will Vaulks remains on the sidelines through suspension, while all Watters, Vassell, Tomlin, Sang, Osei-Tutu, Morrison, Hoilett, Bennett, Bamba, and Bagan are all out of contention with injuries. The Millers, on the other hand, face a must-win situation in the last game of the season. Rotherham United want this win more than Cardiff City, and given the number of absentees in the home side, we are tempted to put our money on the relegation-threatened team. Defender Clark Robertson should be the only absentee in the away team.
Highlighted Player (Sol Bamba):
Souleymane “Sol” Bamba is an Ivory Coast international who plays for Leeds United in the Championship. The defender spent five years in PSG youth school (1999-2004) and he made no more than one league appearance for the first team.
In July 2006 he signed for Scottish team Dunfermline and after spending two years at East End Park, he moved to fellow Scottish Premier League club Hibernian in 2008. Sol Bamba played as a centre back for the Hibs and he was producing brilliant performances with the Easter Road outfit.
The Ivory Coast defender used to play for the likes of Leicester City, Trabzonspor and Palermo in the past as well and on 24 June, 2015 he signed a permanent deal with Leeds United. Bamba made his Ivory Coast debut in 2008 in a friendly game against Israel. Over the years he has established himself as Ivory Coast first-team regular, but he was surprisingly omitted from the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations Ivory Coast squad. Bamba is a 190-cm-tall centre back and he is well known for his aerial skills and brilliant tackles.
Highlighted Team (Rotherham):
Rotherham United are an English club that compete in the Championship. Rotherham United are located in Rotherham, South Yorkshire and they play their home games at New York Stadium and the capacity of the venue is 12,021.
The club was founded in 1925 as a merger between Rotherham County and Rotherham Town. The colour of Rotherham’s home kit was originally yellow and black, but nowadays they were red and white jerseys. The Millers made it to the FA Cup fifth round on two occasions (1952/1953, 1967/1968) and they have yet to play in the Premier League.
Rotherham United have won the Football League One twice (1950/1951, 1980/1981), but the club’s biggest success is participation in the 1960/1961 League Cup final. Sheffield United are regarded as Rotherham United’s fiercest rivals, but the likes of Sheffield Wednesday and Doncaster could be considered Rotherham’s big rivals as well.