Rotherham vs Newcastle Predictions, Betting Tips and Preview
This fixture comes at the perfect time. Scunthorpe currently lead the league, one point ahead of Bury. Both teams are currently flying and find themselves in fine attacking form. Below are our predictions, betting tips and preview.
Game: Rotherham vs Newcastle United
Venue: New York Stadium
Kick-off: Saturday 1st October, 3pm
Newcastle will be flying high after their 4-3 win over title rivals which saw them score two injury time goals to pull within one win of league leaders Huddersfield. Huddersfield and Norwich both have tough games, so Newcastle must be fancying their chances of taking top spot for the first time this season.No disrespect to Rotherham but they probably aren't going to be the sort of side of club that push for the top seven this year, or next year, or any time remotely soon. They currently find themselves bottom of the early season table. There's a lot of time to turn things around, but it's their results that concern me.
I do believe you have to be pretty poor to concede six goals against and lose to both Cardiff and Blackburn in the space of a week. Those two teams are above Rotherham solely because of those results.
Match Predictions and Betting Tips
Rotherham are 11/2 with William Hill to get a win here. Those are big odds for any home side in this league, but you can understand the big price. The draw is 10/3 with Bet Victor and the away side Newcastle are as short as 4/7 with Sky Bet.
When a team is bottom of the league, especially in the early stages of the season, then it's hard to write them off. The problem with Rotherham though is that they don't have enough quality, but you can also question if they're showing the fight. A trademark of a struggling yet fighting side may be individual errors contributing to narrow losses. That can be fixed.What Rotherham have is a rather disorganised backline that make mistakes left, right and centre. It's bad for any team that only wins one of 11 games, but the big issue is that they've allowed two or more goals in 10 of those games. That's actually horrendous. They've allowed 29 goals overall including five at home to League Two Morecambe.I'm sorry to be so hard on your team Rotherham fans, but you probably agree that have zero changes and something needs to give if you're too survive. Newcastle have won eight of 10 and recently put six past QPR, so any mistakes will be punished here. Crazy odds. Our free betting tip is Newcastle United –1AH at best odds 11/12 with 888Sport.
It's hard not to pick a higher scoring affair here with an expectation that Newcastle get most of the goals. If they have the character and quality to score four against Norwich, you worry for a Rotherham defence that may or may not turn up. Newcastle to win 4-1 is priced at 25/1 with Bet Victor.
Finally, Dwight Gayle contributed three goals midweek. I think there's better to come from him and at times he still misses chances, but he's still been good enough to label prolific. He has seven goals in the eight games he's been fit enough to play a part in. A hat-trick midweek should give him a boost. Best odds of 13/10 with Bet365.
Free Betting Tip
Newcastle –1AH - 11/12 with 888Sport
Correct Score Prediction
Newcastle 4-1 - 25/1 with Bet Victor
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