Our prediction for this Championship match:
Friday’s football game between Rotherham United and Leeds United will open round 17 of the new Championship campaign. The Millers are on a four-game winless run and given their poor defensive display in a 5-0 loss to Watford, home win should not be considered. Sam Clucas has joined the likes of Grant Hall, Andre Green, Tyler Blackett, Cameron Humphreys, and Shane Ferguson in the recovery room, with Cafu likely to sneak into the starting XI.
The Whites, on the other hand, are eyeing a quick return to the Premier League and given their three-game winning run in the English second tier, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the promotion hopefuls. The likes of Sam Byram, Djed Spence, and Stuart Dallas remain in the recovery room, but Daniel Farke can count on key players for the Aesseal New York Stadium showdown.
Highlighted Player (Liam Cooper):
Liam Cooper is a Scotland international, who was born in Kingston Upon Hull, England. Cooper was eligible to play for both England and Scotland, but he decided to represent the Scotts on the international stage.
The Leeds United defender, who is capable of playing at left and centre back, received his first ever call-up for Scotland on 10 March 2016 for a friendly match against Denmark, but he did not make his debut for the senior team back then. Liam Cooper began his career at Hull City and, after spending several seasons on loan at Carlisle United and Huddersfield Town he joined Chesterfield in 2013.
On 13 August, 2014, he signed a three-year deal with Leeds United for an undisclosed fee. Speaking of individual honours, Liam Cooper was named Young Player of the Year for the 2007/2008 season (Hull City). It has to be noted that he won Football League Two with Chesterfield in the 2013/2014 season.
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.