Match Preview: Struggling Rotherham United will be a tough test for Norwich City

Promotion-chasing Norwich City travel to bottom of the Championship, Rotherham United, this Saturday. Despite their position in the table, Rotherham will be no push-over.

Norwich will make the 140-mile trip to South Yorkshire on the back of an impressive 3-0 win at home to Derby, following an inconsistent string of results previously. In their last 10 league games, the Canaries lost six of these and won just three. This run has resulted in the club currently sitting disappointingly in ninth place.

With pressure mounting on manager Alex Neil, the result against Derby for the fans of City will hopefully be a turning point in fortunes.

Meanwhile in Yorkshire, Rotherham have slightly improved under caretaker manager and club legend Paul Warne, but still, however, find themselves 12 points adrift of safety.

In addition to their poor form, the Millers have also lost key players already this January. Midfielder Greg Halford rejoined boss Neil Warnock at Cardiff and on-loan Chelsea youngster Izzy Brown moved to West Yorkshire club Huddersfield Town. On loan defender Dominic Ball and midfielder Jake Forster-Caskey have also departed the club.

On a more positive note for Rotherham, they recently recalled defensive midfielder Richie Smallwood back from his loan at Scunthorpe and thus prompted an overwhelmingly positive reaction from Millers fans on social media:

Getting Richie Smallwood back is actually good business,always rated him. Will always graft #rufc

— LewisCheetham (@lewis_cheetham1) 10 January 2017

Meanwhile in East Anglia, Norwich have also completed no new signings. While the club may be focussed on trying to hold on to top players like Robbie Brady (who will miss the game against the Millers due to automatic suspension) from the likes of Leicester, they will be surely wanting to add to the team. In particular in defence and midfield, which is perhaps the most lacking area of depth for City. Many Yellows fans are also vocal on social media about this transfer window so far:

January Transfer Window is open as well, the greatest thing about new year (unless you’re a Norwich fan ohdeargodsendhelp)

— Ian (@MetallicInHD) 1 January 2017

The last meeting between the two teams saw Norwich stride to a 3-1 victory at Carrow Road in October last year. I do, however, believe that the game will not transpire in a similar fashion when the teams meet again this Saturday.

I believe Rotherham, though they have a frugality in scoring goals, will dominate possession in spells of the game and pressure the visitors. They will have to do this to ensure the quality Norwich have in attack does not unpick the nervy Millers defence.

Given the recent run of poor form for each team, I can see the game resulting in a draw. A result that perhaps would mean more to Rotherham than Norwich, who need three points to get their promotion chase back on track.

I also believe there will be goals in the game. Norwich have a plethora of goal scorers in their side and against a Rotherham team who have a goal difference of minus thirty, they should be scoring. The key strikers to look out for in this fixture are Nélson Oliveira for City who has amassed seven league goals and for Rotherham, Danny Ward leads the top scorers list with nine league goals.

The possibility of transfers for both sides could just tip the balance of this contest. Should such a deal occur before this Saturday, it could prove to be the deciding factor in this encounter.

The match takes places at The AESSEAL New York Stadium this Saturday, 3pm Kick off.

Follow me on Twitter: @GeorgeS_Sport




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