* Betting odds were correct at the time of publication but are subject to change.
Here we bring you the best premium soccer tips for Rotherham vs Sunderland with the game due to take place on 21st February.
Rotherham vs Sunderland prediction and top betting tips
This is a clash between two of last years promoted sides but they're aiming at very different targets right now with Rotherham narrowly above the drop zone and Sunderland gunning for a playoff finish. Who will come out on top as they clash on Tuesday night? Find out with our Rotherham vs Sunderland match preview with free tips, predictions and odds mentioned along the way.
Rotherham vs Sunderland Prediction 1: Draw
Sunderland might be enjoying a vastly better season than their hosts but that doesn't mean anything as they do battle in a one-off game and we're predicting that the Black Cats drop points here with Rotherham earning a draw. Rotherham have only lost one of their last four home matches with notable results coming against a couple of other promotion contenders in Sheffield United (draw) and Blackburn, who the Millers battered 4-0. The other of that trio of games that wasn't lost was a draw against Stoke giving Rotherham a run of one defeat, one win and two draws in their last four home games. Sunderland meanwhile are on a really good run of form away from home having not lost on the road since October. Notably though, three of their last five away games have ended in draws.
Rotherham vs Sunderland Prediction 2: Under 2.5 goals
Our next tip for this game comes from the total goals market as we back under 2.5 goals. Rotherham have seen just one of their last five games go over 2.5 goals giving them an 80% under ratio in that time. Sunderland meanwhile have seen three of their last five games (60%) go under the all important 2.5 goals cut off. With Rotherham's best chance of getting a result here likely to be a tight defensive display, a low scoring game becomes more likely too.
Here are the key stats & form guide for Rotherham vs Sunderland
So, that gives you some insight to how the different bookmakers see the action unfolding. How though do the Rotherham vs Sunderland odds translate into probabilities ahead of this game? Let's find out.
Rotherham odds: 9/4 (3.25) – 31%
Draw odds: 12/5 (3.40) – 29%
Sunderland odds: 6/5 (2.20) – 46%
Sunderland come into this game as the bookmaker's choice to win the game with a 46% probability but, notably, that does see them priced up north of the evens (2.00) mark, which suggests that they bookies are far from convinced of the Black Cats getting the job done.
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Check out the predicted lineups ahead of Rotherham vs Sunderland
Rotherham come into this game with their route to a result almost definitely being through a solid defensive display. They do have fairly recent examples of how they can turn in performances of that nature though. Here, we wouldn't be surprised to see them start with the same XI that began that game against Sheffield United. That will see them line up in a 4-5-1 formation.
Predicted lineup – Johansson, Peliter, Hall, Humphreys, Hjelde, Odoffin, Coventry, Rathbone, Ogbene, Hugill, Fosu
Sunderland are on a three game unbeaten streak right now and they'll be keen to keep that going as they visit a side battling at the wrong end of the table given their own ambitions this season. One obvious way to maintain that positive momentum is to avoid making mass changes to the team and we can't see Tony Mowbray making more than one or more tweaks to his XI come Tuesday evening.
Predicted lineup – Patterson, Hume, Ballard, Batth, Alese, Neil, Michut, Diallo, Clarke, Pritchard, Gelhardt
Rotherham vs Sunderland Line ups
*Starting lineups are usually announced one hour prior to kick off.
Player to watch
We've touched on Sunderland carrying positive momentum into this game and that is very true of one of their attackers – namely Jack Clarke. The 22-year-old is impressing in recent weeks with goals in each of his last two games and four goals in his last four appearances.
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A quickfire FAQ on Rotherham – Sunderland
Where is the match being played? – The New York Stadium
Who do the bookmakers have as favourites? – Sunderland
What time does the match kick off? 19:45 GMT