Few except the most optimistic of Millers fans really expect Rotherham United to manage a late escape as they plummet headlong towards League One and with eighteen points now separating the Millers from safety, it is only a matter of time before it becomes mathematically certain that they will be plying their trade in the third tier next season.
Indeed that scenario will come a step closer on Tuesday evening when they welcome to the New York Stadium a Brighton & Hove Albion side which will be smarting from their 3-0 thrashing at Nottingham Forest on Saturday afternoon. The Seagulls have been enjoying an excellent season so far and remain just five points adrift of table-topping Newcastle United, however it is now looking increasingly unlikely that they will knock the Magpies off top spot any time in the near future, although manager Chris Hughton will be confident of collecting all three points on Tuesday against rock-bottom Rotherham.
The Seagulls have now lost back-to-back Championship games following the defeats to Newcastle United and Nottingham Forest and whilst they have fallen behind in the race for the title, they remain very much a force to be reckoned with. Hughton’s men are pretty nailed-on as far as promotion to the Premier League is concerned with most firms going just 1/5 that they find themselves in the top-tier in 2017/18. Indeed whilst they have been in pretty poor form of late, it would be a huge surprise should they fall into the play-off places before the end of the season and they can further cement their position in the top two on Tuesday evening.
As for Rotherham, they have now lost their last four games with fourteen goals conceded in that time. In all honesty their days in the Championship are numbered and they will be pushed further into the mire this week, however the Millers have been finding few problems in front of goal and they should give their supporters something to cheer by managing what will almost certainly be a purely consolatory goal at the New York Stadium.