Blackpool were unable to find a way past a diligent Bolton side on Monday night and the Seasiders will be hoping for more luck in the final third against Rotherham on Saturday afternoon.
Rotherham appear to be playing themselves into form and looked excellent against Coventry last weekend. The pressure is easing on Paul Warne and his side will be hoping to head back to South Yorkshire with something to show for their efforts.
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Blackpool’s point at the University of Bolton Stadium on Monday night helped move the Seasiders up to fourth. Simon Grayson’s men battled hard, although they lacked the neccessary creativity in the final third. They’ve won three of their five matches at home this season and are likely to be tough to beat back at Bloomfield.
Rotherham were surprise 4-0 winners at home to Coventry last weekend. There were one or two grumbles around the New York Stadium prior to this game, although they were soon put to bed once Matt Crooks had opened the scoring. Michael Smith looked unplayable at times and he will be aiming to give Ben Heneghan and Curtis Tilt a busy afternoon by the seaside.
Rotherham have won just twice on the road so far with both victories coming against teams below them in the table.
It’s difficult to knock Blackpool’s defensive display on Monday night, but it was fairly evident that they lacked a something extra in the final third. Earlier in the season, Nathan Delfounso’s running and attitude to chasing lost causes perfectly complimented Armand Gnandouillet’s more languid approach. However, the former Villa man is absent and hasn’t featured for a number of weeks. Without him, Blackpool just don’t look as much of a threat in the opposition’s half. Likewise, Sullay Kaikai hasn’t featured in the last couple of games and he has two goals and one assist to his name. Without these two players, Blackpool struggle to carve out chances.
Rotherham signed Shamrock Rovers star Trevor Clarke in the summer although the Irishman suffered a pre-season injury and hasn’t played a single minute of League One football yet. The Dubliner made his comback in the Leasing.com Trophy in midweek, and made an immediate impression. He was full of running, won a penalty and scored the winning goal. Not bad for a player who began the game on the bench!
It gives Paul Warne another option and he could get some minutes under his belt in this game. Rotherham’s summer transfer business is beginning to look fairly savvy with Jake Hastie also catching the eye in South Yorkshire. He could also be a danger here.
Jake Hastie is 7/2 with Betfair to score anytime in this game. He’s scored three times already this campaign and averages around 2.7 shots per game.
There is very little between these two sides with Rotherham only losing twice on the road (by a single goal margin) and Blackpool being incredibly tough to beat.
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