Rotherham v Scunthorpe Play-Off 2nd Leg Betting Preview | 16th May

  • Last Updated: 15th May 2018
Rotherham v Scunthorpe Play-Off 2nd Leg Betting Preview 16th May

In our Rotherham v Scunthorpe betting preview we look at team news, potential line-ups, stats & facts, head-to-head, popular bets and more for Wednesday night’s play-off semi-final 2nd leg.

Rotherham v Scunthorpe Play-Off 2nd Leg Betting Preview

Date: 16/5/18

Time: 19:45

Stadium: New York Stadium

Channel: Sky Sports

After an entertaining first leg between these two they could not be separated with the game ending 2-2. That clash seemingly bucked the trend for goals in first leg play off matches, the other 5 EFL first legs all saw under 2.5 goals land, having said that, second legs tend to be more open as teams know what’s required to progress to the final.

Rotherham will probably be the happier of the two teams considering they were away from home first, defensively though they didn’t cover themselves in glory and on another day they could’ve conceded more than just the two goals. Paul Warne has seen his side prove a tougher nut to crack at their South Yorkshire base and in their last 13 home games they’ve recorded a W9, D3, L1 record, admirable. I’d want to get them on side here and the odds-against quotes of 5/4 do look attractive, it’s just when the stakes are so high the draw (23/10) is always a worry, especially if it’s all square at around the 70 minute mark.

Their defensive display was a worry, Scunthorpe could well notch in this one if they fail to improve at the back. Punters might be drawn in by the 19/20 about both teams scoring given the fact that if one goal is scored here then the other team will have to come out to try and score.

Scunthorpe manager Nick Daws was a teammate of Paul Warne at Rotherham about 20 years ago, the eventual victorious manager of this tie will go on to face another ex Rotherham player in the form of Paul Hurst as his Shrewsbury side comfortably cruises into the final after dispatching Charlton. Scunny scored two fairly scrappy goals in the first leg and it’s important that they make the most of set pieces and being efficient when the ball is in the box. Ex-Bradford City centre back Rory McArdle proved a nuisance for the Millers defence, getting on the end of some good crosses and hitting the post. McArdle is no stranger to a big goal, he scored in the play off final for Bradford against Northampton in 2013, he also notched against Aston Villa in the League Cup semi final in the same season. The man from Northern Ireland is available to back at a whopping 35/1 to score anytime in the 90 minutes with 188bet and Betfair, that has to be worth a couple of quid.

Team News

Luke Williams and Johnny Margetts are doubtful for Scunthorpe as is Matt Gilks.

Darren Potter is out for Rotherham.

Potential Rotherham Starting XI: Rodák, Emmanuel, Wood, Iheikwe, Mattock, Vaulks, Palmer, Towell, Taylor, Williams, Smith.

Potential Scunthorpe Starting XI: Watson, Clarke, McArdle, Wallace, Townsend, Adelekun, Ojo, Yates, Holmes, Morris, Toney.

Stats & Facts

  • Scunthorpe haven’t won away in the league at Rotherham since 1997.
  • Rotherham have won 15/23 home games this season.
  • Scunthorpe are unbeaten in 9 games (W4, D5).

Betting Odds

  • Rotherham 5/4
  • Draw 23/10
  • Scunthorpe 13/5

Popular Bets

  • Draw – 23/10

Tom’s Picks

  • Both Teams To Score – 19/20 (bet365)
  • Rory McArdle To Score anytime – 35/1 (Betfair, 188 bet)