Sunderland vs. Rotherham Predictions: Black Cats to stall the Millers promotion push
Sunderland vs. Rotherham Odds
There's some huge clashes in League one this midweek and we've asked @OddsT3rrier to look into the crucial match in the North East between 4th placed Sunderland and 2nd placed Rotherham United. He's picked out two bets for your perusal.
Sunderland vs. Rotherham Tips
Alex Neil's men enter this contest in superb form at just the right time. They are on a 11 match unbeaten run and have won their last five games at the Stadium of Light. It seems unlikely that they will nick the 2nd Automatic Promotion spot from Rotherham, with MK Dons also waiting in the wings should they slip up, but a win here would pretty much guarantee a spot in the playoffs and give them a huge confidence boost heading into the end of season lottery.
Rotherham on the other hand have run out of gas as they approached the finishing line. The Millers were nine points clear at the top of League One back in late February, yet have lost five of their last nine matches and have been caught, and overtaken by Wigan. Now they have the likes of MK Dons and Sunderland breathing down their neck, although have a far superior goal difference to both so a win here tonight would more than likely be enough to get them over the line.
Both managers have no new injury issues and are likely to start with unchanged starting XI's for this hugely important game.
First up and I'm taking Sunderland to win this one in the 90 minutes. As mentioned earlier, they are the form side in the division right now and look rampant in front of their feverish home faithful. Sunderland have won 16 of 22 games at home this season and have a GD of +30 which shows the dominance in the stronghold of The Stadium of Light. They've won their last five straight at home and are unbeaten in 11 in the league.
Rotherham have a decent away record and have plenty to pay for here but I'm predicting Sunderland to be too strong for them on the night. Rotherham will have to wait until the easier proposition of Gillingham on the final day to secure that long awaited promotion back to the Championship.
Part of the reason for Sunderland's march back up the table has been the form of star striker Ross Stewart. The 25-year-old leads the league for goals this season with 25, just ahead of Cole Stockton and Will Keane. Stewart was on an eight game drought, but ended that in style against Cambridge on Saturday with a brace in a comprehensive 5-1 rout.
Stewart opened the scoring in that game with a well taken penalty and he's been boosted by bet365 all the way out to 13/2 to do the same again here tonight. I'll be having a small dabble as my second selection.
Enjoy the match and gamble responsibly.
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