Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Buoyed by back-to-back wins over Coventry City and Blackpool, Shrewsbury Town will be looking to stay in the race for a place in the playoffs when they take on Rotherham United on Boxing Day. The Shrews have been in a promising form of late, but they need to keep on improving their game to secure the top-six finish. Fejiri Okenabirhie scored the winner against Blackpool, meaning that the opposition defenders should have him at bay.
The Millers, on the other hand, are on a four-game winless run in the League One ahead of the festive fixture. Considering that Rotherham United have been struggling at the back in recent weeks, we do not believe that they are going to spoil Shrewsbury Town’s party at Montgomery Waters Meadow. A man to keep an eye on in the away team will be Freddie Ladapo, who scored his ninth goal of the season in the 2-2 draw with Fleetwood Town.
Highlighted Player (Max O\'Leary):
Born in Bath, England on October 10, 1996, Max O’Leary is an English goalkeeper who plays for Shrewsbury Town on loan from Bristol City. The Shrews shoot-stopper is a product of Bristol City football academy, but he played for the likes of Kidderminster Harriers, Bath City and Solihol Moors on loan before he signed a loan deal with the Blues.
Max O’Leary made his debut with Shrewsbury Town in the League One on August 3, 2019 in a 1-0 win over Portsmouth at Montgomery Waters Meadow. O’Leary impressed on his debut, keeping a clean sheet in his first ever game in the English third tier.
Max O’Leary’s stronger foot is right and his loan deal with the Shrews expires on May 31, 2020. His most successful season was the 2017/2018 campaign as he managed to keep 10 clean sheets in 23 appearances in the National League.
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.