Rotherham v Shrewsbury Betting Preview, Tips & Odds | 27th May
In our Rotherham v Shrewsbury betting preview, we look at team news, potential line-ups, stats and facts, popular bets and more for Sunday’s League One play-off final.
Rotherham v Shrewsbury Betting Preview, Tips & Odds
Venue: Wembley Stadium
Watch: Sky Sports Football
Arguably the two best sides in the play offs meet for their date with destiny at Wembley, one of these two clubs will be playing in the Championship next season. Respective gaffers Paul Warne and Paul Hurst used to play in the same Rotherham team with one another in the early 2000’s and both have done excellent jobs this term.
Shrewsbury boss Hurst has shown himself to be a very effective manager with Grimsby and now ‘Salop’. He sets up his team in a 4-1-4-1 formation and every single player knows their roles to a tee, their organisational skills along with their strong work ethic have seen the Shrews surprise everyone this year. If it wasn’t for the financial powerhouses in Wigan and Blackburn being so good then Shrewsbury would’ve gone up automatically, their ending points tally would’ve had them promoted most years.
Jon Nolan scored a cracker at the Valley against Charlton in their semi-final first leg, he is probably their star man. Classy on the ball, timing runs well and chipping in with his fair amount of goals this term he will probably be a championship player next year even if Shrewsbury aren’t there. Hurst has utilised the loan market well bringing in Norwich duo Ben Godfrey and Carlton Morris as well as keeper England U21’s keeper Dean Henderson from Manchester United, all of whom have excelled under the tutelage of their manager. Godfrey sits in front of the back four, his height and energy have been of paramount importance to the team structure. Wingers Shaun Whaley and Alex Rodman posses quality and a direct style which helps them get up the pitch whereas centre half Toto N’siala has been a colossus when he’s been called upon.
Many people where fancying a season of struggle for Rotherham after a dismal campaign in the Championship last season, and I have to say I was party to the way of thinking. Paul Warne has managed to galvanise his troops and he’s seen his side be comfortably in the play offs in the second half of the season. Millers have a a pretty physical team, similar to Shrewsbury in that sense, the back four of Joe Mattock, Richard Wood, Michael Ihwieke and Josh Emmanuel has a nice balance of experience and athleticism. Up front the South Yorkshire club have the 6ft5” presence of Michael Smith, his battle with Nsiala will be an interesting one.
This might not be the best game from a viewing perspective so the angle is oppose goals. Play off finals tend to be tight and trappy affairs and Shrewsbury will make it hard for Rotherham to break them down first and foremost. The 0-0 half time correct score makes appeal at 13/8, the bookies seem to be over the goal markets though with 8/11 the best price available for fewer than 3 goals. Given the fact that this could be close I’ll also take the draw at 12/5, it’s the best price of the three available outcomes.
Rotherham have no major injury issues but Warne did say a few players picked up minor knocks in training.
Shrewsbury will continue to be without captain Abu Ogogo.
Potential Rotherham Starting XI: Rodak, Emmanuel, Wood, Ihiewke, Mattock, Newell, Palmer, Towell, Vaulks, Williams, Smith.
Potential Shrewsbury Starting XI: Henderson, Bolton, Sadler, N’siala, Beckles, Godfrey, Nolan, B Morris, Whaley, Rodman, C Morris.
Stats & Facts
- Shrewsbury have never been victorious at Wembley in a Football League play-off final.
- Shrewsbury also lost out on their last visit to Wembley in the 2018 EFL Trophy final against Lincoln.
- Should Rotherham gain promotion, it will mean all 3 relegated clubs will have bounced back at the first time of asking.
- Rotherham – 7/5
- Draw – 12/5
- Shrewsbury- 23/10
- Rotherham to win – 7/5
- 0-0 ‘Half Time Correct score’ – 13/8 (William Hill)
- Draw in 90 minutes – 12/5 (SkyBet)