It hardly needs saying that Rotherham United’s Championship campaign has been an unmitigated disaster and with the Millers now looking forward to life in League One next season, all that is left for them to do is to gather a modicum of pride by avoiding some more thrashings between now and the end of the season.
To be fair on the Millers, they came close to holding Wigan Athletic to a 2-2 draw on Saturday afternoon but for Nick Powell to score in the seventh minute of stoppage time to keep the Latics’ slim Championship survival chances alive. The subsequent defeat was the culmination of a winless run stretching back some fifteen games and with just a single point collected during that time, it is hardly a surprise to see the Millers make the drop to the third tier with games to spare.
With the pressure effectively off, can Rotherham manage their second Championship win of 2017 by seeing off Birmingham City at the New York Stadium? For their part, Birmingham have been inconsistent throughout the campaign and this is reflected in their league position of 18th in the table. The Blues sit just six points above the bottom three as things stand and this gap could narrow should they fail to collect all three points in South Yorkshire.
The Blues are winless in their last seven outings with their last victory coming in late February against local rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers and whilst the Millers will be somewhat down in the dumps following their relegation, we believe that they can at the very least salvage something from this clash with Birmingham City by avoiding defeat at the New York Stadium.