It’s the final match of the Championship regular season and the major places at both ends of the division have taken shape. Norwich City will go up as champions and they will be joined by Sheffield United after The Blades won three on the bounce. Here are our Rotherham v Middlesbrough betting tips.
The Game in More Depth
Ipswich, Bolton and Rotherham will all be playing League One football next season thanks to a run of defeats at a crucial stage of the campaign. Rotherham wave goodbye to the second tier of English football with a record reading 8-16-21 and it’s little wonder they are off. Will they go out with a bang?
It’s unlikely as the hosts prepare for this contest having lost each of their last three matches, taking one point from the 15 that has been available to them over the last five games. Four draws from five meant Millwall snuck through and Rotherham now have nothing to play for, other than pride. Fans would desperately like to see their club win a ninth game at the final time of asking but it’s looking unlikely. The locals have been priced at 16/5 outsiders by Ladbrokes.
Last Roll of the Dice
It’s the last roll of the dice for Middlesbrough and their season will be decided by what happens on Sunday. They go into the week level on points with Derby County and the promotion play-off places, meaning we have a straight shoot-out for a spot in the next phase. The Smoggies have won 19, drawn 13 and lost 13 of their previous outings and trail The Rams by six goals, which would be a painful way to lose out. That means they must better the result of Derby and score a few goals in the process. It’ll be an exciting day.
Boro have won four of their last five and claimed three points on their most recent outing, beating Reading at the Riverside Stadium by the odd goal in three. The victors fell behind to a Loader goal on 11 minutes but had Wing to thank for getting them level before the break. A second from Assombalonga on 39 minutes from the penalty spot, delighting home fans who had packed the stands knowing only a win would do. Traders think we’ll see another here and have Middlesbrough as hot favourites with Bet365 offering 5/6. If you’re stuck on the fence with this one that draw may appeal at 11/4 with the same firm.