Author: Bharath Ram
Last Updated: January 2, 2020
Rotherham United entertain Stoke City in Saturday’s late Championship kick-off at the New York Stadium. The hosts have endured back-to-back defeats in the division and they have dropped to having just a three-point advantage over the drop zone. Surprisingly, Stoke have fared the same as Rotherham and the Potters are just one place above them with a superior goal difference. Follow all our predictions, free bets, football bets and betting tips below.
Betting Tips for the game
Rotherham come into the game on the back of a 1-0 defeat on the road to Nottingham Forest. Paul Warne’s side appeared on course for a well-earned point before Lewis Grabban converted a penalty for the hosts with just four minutes of normal time left.
Stoke saw their three-match unbeaten run cease last weekend as they succumbed to a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Blackburn Rovers. They suffered the same outcome in the midweek League Cup third round tie against Nottingham Forest.
Rotherham’s last meeting against Stoke was in the League Cup nearly 10 years ago where they suffered a 2-0 defeat on the road. Their previous encounter in their home ground witnessed a 1-1 draw in 2004. Our betting tips and predictions expect a victory for Stoke.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Prediction and betting tip:”]Stoke City win at 2.10[/bet_tip_now]
Rotherham are given a price of 3.60 to pick up three points but we are not going with this outcome. The hosts have indeed excelled at home with three wins out of four matches this term but two of those wins have come against teams lying below them in the standings. Moreover, they are up against a Stoke side, who have netted in each of their away trips this term. We are backing Stoke to outscore the hosts. Our preview anticipates a Stoke win.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Match Prediction:”]Stoke City win at 2.10[/bet_tip_now]
Rotherham United win odds: 3.60
Rotherham United vs Stoke City draw odds: 3.60
Correct Score odds
Rotherham have been solid with their defensive organisation in their home patch and this has enabled them to keep three shutouts – each concluding as 1-0 wins. In comparison, Stoke are without a victory on the road this term but we are still fancying them for the three points as they are vastly better going forward than the hosts. Stoke have netted exactly twice the number of goals (6) as Rotherham this season. Our correct score prediction fancies a Stoke 2-1 win.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Correct Score Prediction:”]Stoke City 2-1 win at 8.50[/bet_tip_now]
Over/Under 2.5 Goals odds
Rotherham have produced just one home game this season where they have witnessed more than two goals but this is expected to be an open game. Stoke have witnessed free-scoring encounters on their travels this season and three goals has been the minimum in each of their trips. Our total goals prediction expects more than 2.5 goals.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Goals odds and prediction:”]Total goals over 2.5 at 1.80[/bet_tip_now]
First Goalscorer odds
Benik Afobe has been Stoke’s most consistent performer upfront this term and he has contributed five goals across all competitions. The Wolves loanee had gone without scoring for two matches but he managed to end the streak in the League Cup defeat to Forest. Afobe has an excellent record against Rotherham with four goals in just three appearances. Our first goalscorer prediction is to go with Afobe.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”First goalscorer prediction:”]Benik Afobe at 5.00[/bet_tip_now]
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