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MansionBet Match Preview: Rotherham United (A)

Having bounced back from defeat, City now go in search of back-to-back wins for the first time since early November.

In partnership with MansionBet, here’s a preview of what you can expect from the fixture at Rotherham United.

They returned to winning ways in Wednesday’s 1-0 win over Blackburn Rovers, thanks to substitute Famara Diédhiou’s strike on the turn.

That was his second goal of the season following, coincidentally, his impact from the bench against Derby County a few weeks ago.

If there’s one thing it shows, it’s the importance of the squad game and the attitude of the players; that anyone can make the difference and be ready when called upon.

The Robins are one point away from second place and only four away from table toppers Norwich City ahead of the trip to the New York Stadium on Saturday.

In contrast, the League One runners-up of 2019/20 find themselves one point from the relegation zone after what has been a tough start for Paul Warne’s side back in the Championship.

They’ve been slow starters this week too, having been on the receiving end of lighting quick starts twice. They conceded twice in the opening 12 minutes against Coventry City last Saturday, which they eventually lost 3-1. They would then fall to defeat against Watford on Tuesday night – Christian Kabasele and Troy Deeney dealt the early blows once more - so a fast start against the Millers on Saturday could be important.

They are an aggressive outfit, strong from set-pieces and a threat in the air too, so the Robins will need to be up for the physical threat up north, if they are to keep up with the top six by the end of 90 minutes.

MATCH DETAILS 

Where: New York Stadium
When: Saturday, December 12th, 3pm KO
Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Referee: Leigh Doughty
Assistants: James Wilson and Philip Dermott
Fourth official: Ross Joyce

DOWN MEMORY LANE

Bristol City 1-0 Rotherham United
Ashton Gate

Saturday, December 29th 2018
Sky Bet Championship

Bristol City ended 2018 on a high with Adam Webster’s late header capping off an attacking display to secure the 1-0 victory against Rotherham United.

The Millers went down to nine men in the second half with two yellow cards for Billy Jones and a straight red for Ritchie Towell, as City sent forward wave after wave of attacks at Ashton Gate.

It could have been a rugby score if the home side had been more clinical on the day but Webster’s late header - his first goal for the club - had enough about it to beat Millers’ keeper Marek Rodak and send City into 2019 on the back of three points.

The win extended their unbeaten run to seven games and lifted the Robins to 11th in the Sky Bet Championship.

HEAD TO HEAD*

Rotherham United v Bristol City

Played: 52
City won: 20 (38%)
Drew: 10
City lost: 22

Bristol City goals: 26
Rotherham goals: 34

Bristol City top goalscorers: Nahki Wells (5)
Rotherham top goalscorer: Freddie Ladapo (4)

Bristol City most assists: Antoine Semenyo (6)
Rotherham most assists: Joe Mattock, Matthew Olosunde 2

Bristol City clean sheets: 8
Rotherham clean sheets: 2

League positions
Bristol City: 6th
Rotherham: 20th

*All competitions unless stated

Diédhiou's impact from the bench gave us a 1-0 win v Blackburn on Wednesday
Nagy was voted fans' Man of the Match on Twitter

Robins TV

Rotherham United v City will be streamed live on Robins TV complete with analysis, commentary and replays! The pre-match shows starts at 2.30pm, with the matchday pass costing just £10.

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MansionBet Boosted odds!

  • Bristol City to win to nil WAS 11/4 NOW 10/3
  • Nahki Wells to score first  WAS 9/2 NOW 11/2

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