Rotherham v Scunthorpe Betting Preview – 16/05/18

Rotherham v Scunthorpe Betting Preview – 16/05/18

Rotherham v Scunthorpe

Rotherham and Scunthorpe battle it out this Wednesday, with the winner facing Shrewsbury in the League One Play-Off final at the end of May. The two sides go into this second-leg dual on a level playing field after drawing the first-leg 2-2 on Saturday, with Scunthorpe rescuing a draw in the dying stages through 23-year-old midfielder Cameron McGeehan.

That game at Glanford Park was packed full of action, and we’re expecting much the same in this second-leg tie at the New York Stadium. Both Rotherham and Scunthorpe had no problems finding the net in the league this time out: the Millers scored 73 goals in their 46 matches, while the Iron ended their season having netted just eight goals fewer with 65.

It took all of 17 minutes for the deadlock to be broken on Saturday afternoon; the visitors took the lead through wide man Jon Taylor, but their celebrations lasted all of a minute as Rotherham defender Michael Ihiekwe turned the ball into his own net just 60 seconds later.

Toney and Newell the danger men

Rotherham do go into this game as favourites, they finished the season 5 points higher than Scunny in 4th and also did the double over the Lincolnshire outfit, beating them both home and away throughout the domestic campaign. Will they make it the hattrick here?

We’re expecting goals in this clash, both sides have a lot of attacking quality so we can see plenty of action at either end. Ivan Toney will definitely be the biggest threat for the visitors in this one, the Newcastle loanee has bagged 8 goals in League One for his adopted side and is always such a massive threat when they break forward.

As for Rotherham, their standout player in the first-leg was wide-man Joe Newell. The 25-year-old came off the bench just after the hour mark at Glanford Park and made an impact straight away, burying home a stunning first time finish with his first touch to put his side 2-1 up.

Newell’s performance on Saturday means he’s in line to start this second-leg clash, and he’ll be brimming with confidence heading into this game. The former Peterborough midfielder has bagged 8 goals in all competitions this season, will he add to that tally here?

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