Preview: Rotherham United vs. Sheffield United – prediction, team news, lineups

Arlo Gibbons


Rotherham United will face Sheffield United in a friendly clash at the AESSEAL New York Stadium on Tuesday evening. Rotherham comes into the match after a 4-2 win over Mansfield Town, while Sheffield United were held to a 0-0 draw against Estoril.

Rotherham, who secured promotion back to the Championship last season, will be looking to improve on their 19th place finish and stay clear of relegation. However, their preseason preparation has not been ideal, with only one win in three matches, including a 1-0 loss to Elche and a 2-0 loss to Middlesbrough.

Despite the shaky preseason, Rotherham will be confident going into the match as they managed to earn four points from their two league matches against Sheffield United last season and have not been beaten by their opponents at home since 2017.

Sheffield United, on the other hand, secured their return to the Premier League last season by finishing in second place in the Championship. They had a strong defensive record and have continued to show their defensive strength in their preseason matches, keeping clean sheets against Chesterfield and Estoril.

In terms of team news, Rotherham’s Georgie Kelly, who scored a hat-trick in their win over Mansfield, will likely lead the line alongside Joshua Kayode. Sheffield United‘s new signing Anis Slimane could make his second appearance for the club, while Yasser Larouci is expected to make his debut.

In terms of predictions, it is expected to be a close match with the possibility of a low scoring game. Sheffield United is the stronger team on paper, but Rotherham’s previous performances against them suggest that they can put up a fight. The first goal could be the decisive one in this match.

Overall, both teams will be looking to continue their preparations for the upcoming season and build some momentum. Rotherham will be aiming to improve on their finish from last season, while Sheffield United will be looking to establish themselves back in the Premier League.

Predicted lineups:
Rotherham United: Johansson; Seisay, Bola, Morrison, Bramall, Blackett; Cafu, Wiles, Rathbone; Kayode, Kelly
Sheffield United: Foderingham; Baldock, Freckleton, Egan, Ahmedhodzic, Larouci; Berge, Norwood, Slimane, Brooks; McBurnie

Prediction: Rotherham United 0-1 Sheffield United


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