Rotherham vs Sheffield Wednesday predictions and betting tips for this EFL Cup game on Wednesday 28th August. Who will come out on top in this South Yorkshire derby tonight? See our predictions and betting tips below.
Rotherham beat Shrewsbury 4-0 in the first round.
Sheffield Wednesday got a bye as their tie with Bury was canceled.
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Rotherham boss Paul Warne is a former team-mate of SWFC caretaker boss Lee Bullen, and has been part of the chorus who have been calling for the former midfielder to be given the job on a full-time basis. Warne himself was a reluctant number one, but he’s excelled since taking his place in the New York Stadium hot-seat. His side may have been relegated last season, but they were always difficult to beat in front of their own fans, and they’ve made a decent enough start to this campaign. Warne is still looking to make additions and estimates that three new players will arrive before the window shuts at the end of the month. Since an undeserved loss to Lincoln, the Millers have won back-to-back games in all competitions, and will surely have benefitted from having a weekend off. They thumped Shrewsbury 4-0 in the previous round of the competition, and last season they beat Wigan at this ground (3-1). They won’t make it easy for Wednesday, and they’ll be raring to go having not played for eleven days.
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Lee Bullen hasn’t lost many games since taking charge of Sheffield Wednesday for the third time. However, he must ensure his side bounce back from their 2-1 loss at Deepdale. The caretaker boss opted to throw on Kosovan battering ram Adthe Nuhiu for the final 15 minutes, and the powerful striker gave Preston plenty to think about. He could feature in this one. Wednesday were predicted to struggle this season by some pundits, but they’ve started the season well, and look extremely dangerous from wide areas. They weren’t at their best seven days ago when they squeezed past Luton, but it was enough to help them secure three points. They didn’t play in the previous round of the competition having been drawn against Bury, and the fans will surely relish this short trip to the New York Stadium. Wednesday’s squad isn’t as bloated as it has been in recent seasons, but they still have plenty of fringe players to call upon here.
Although Rotherham are yet to win at home this season, they’ve been unlucky so far. They’ve played here just once in the league, and outplayed Lincoln, who scored completely against the run of play, whilst a heavily rotated Millers side lost to Manchester United U21s in the EFL Trophy. They were so strong here last season, and they won’t be swept aside easily by their Championship opponents. Wednesday do have the benefit of having not played in the previous, but they’ve played three times in seven days, and there may be a few tired legs on show. The draw looks like the best option here, and a penalty shoot-out is a realistic option in this all-Yorkshire affair. It’s 12/5 with Betvictor.
We’re predicting this game to end in a stalemate, but I don’t expect a dull lifeless goalless draw. With both sides expected to make changes, we could see a few goals, and Both Teams to Score? Yes is a decent odds-on option in this clash.
Rotherham to win – 7/4
Draw – 12/5
Sheffield Wednesday to win – 6/4
Matches played – 15
Rotherham wins – 5
Draws – 4
Sheffield Wednesday wins 6
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