Our prediction for this Championship match:
Stoke City will be looking to bounce back from a 2-0 loss to Swansea City when they host Rotherham United at their Bet365 Stadium. The start of the season has been a mixed bag for the Potters, and, as a result, they sit in the middle of the table ahead of the visit of Rotherham. Experienced duo Joe Allen – Ryan Shawcross remains in the recovery room for the hosts. The Millers, on the other hand, did well to make amends for a 3-0 loss to Reading, with the team outplaying Sheffield Wednesday at home ground in midweek.
However, away win should not be considered this time out as Rotherham United are not regarded as good travellers. Stoke City are a real force to be reckoned with at home, and they are likely to give fans yet another reason for celebration after defeating promotion-chasing Brenford in their last home fixture. Ivory Coast international Chiedozie Ogbene misses the trip to Stoke through injury.
Highlighted Player (Joe Allen):
Joe Allen is another high-quality footballer from the new generation of Wales internationals, who was part of the team that took Swansea from League One to the Premier League, and he had no problems adapting to arguably the strongest league championship in Europe.
Allen operated as a deep-lying playmaker as the Swans impressed upon reaching the elite division, with his excellent passing skills persuading Liverpool to splash £15 million on his services. The central midfielder didn’t exactly manage to develop into an indispensable member of the side at Anfield, but he is considered an important squad player and has always performed well when called upon.
Meanwhile, he has been one of the pillars of the most successful team in the Wales history together with Gareth Bale, Ashley Williams and Aaron Ramsey, while even representing Great Britain at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Allen started five games for the Dragons as they secured the first ever appearance at the European Championship finals.
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.