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Mar 3, 2021 at 7.45pm UK at Hillsborough Stadium
Sheff WedsSheffield Wednesday
1-2
RotherhamRotherham United
Olosunde (82' og.)
Harris (90+5')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Smith (17'), Ladapo (90+6')
Smith (66')

Preview: Sheffield Wednesday vs. Rotherham United - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Wednesday's Championship clash between Sheffield Wednesday and Rotherham United, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Two Championship teams in desperate need of three points will lock horns at Hillsborough this week, as Sheffield Wednesday host Rotherham United in a crucial relegation battle.

The Owls have lost their last four league matches while the Millers have lost their last five, although they currently sit one place above Wednesday, who now have a new head coach at the helm.


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Doncaster Rovers manager Darren Moore pictured on January 23, 2021© Reuters

Sheffield Wednesday announced the appointment of Doncaster Rovers manager Darren Moore this week.

The 46-year-old, who had been in charge of the League One outfit since July 2019, succeeds Tony Pulis, who was sacked in December, with Neil Thompson having been in interim charge for the last two months.

Moore stated that the "opportunity was too much to resist" and he has decided to leave a club challenging for promotion in the third tier for the Owls, who currently sit second bottom of the Championship, six points from safety.

Wednesday will be hoping that Moore will make an immediate impact with the club who have lost their last four matches, including a 3-2 defeat away at Luton Town last weekend, a game which they led at half time 2-0.

The Owls have lacked goals throughout this campaign, having scored just 23 times so far, the joint-fewest along with basement club Wycombe Wanderers.

Moore's task of keeping Wednesday in the Championship will be a challenging one but a victory in midweek would get him and his side off to a good start and could see the Owls move three points behind Birmingham City, who sit just above the drop zone.

Rotherham United manager Paul Warne pictured in January 2021© Reuters

Rotherham lost their fourth successive league match by a 1-0 scoreline as they were defeated by promotion hopefuls Reading last weekend.

Manager Paul Warne stated that his side "weren't good enough in the final third" and bemoaned several missed chances to snatch at least a point from the game.

The Millers went home empty handed for the 18th time this campaign and they remain inside the bottom three, one point above the Owls.

Rotherham can take some confidence into their clash with Sheffield Wednesday, having already beaten them 3-0 in October earlier this campaign.

The Millers are looking to complete a league double over the Owls for the first time and a win could move them two points behind Birmingham.

Sheffield Wednesday Championship form: LWLLLL

Rotherham United Championship form: WLLLLL


Team News

Wycombe Wanderers' Scott Kashket in action with Sheffield Wednesday's Osaze Urhoghide and Cheyenne Dunkley on February 9, 2021© Reuters

Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Liam Shaw is available after serving a two-match suspension for his red card against Birmingham City.

Goalkeeper Joe Wildsmith is expected to start with Kieran Westwood unavailable with a broken rib, while midfielder Massimo Luongo is ruled out for up to six weeks with a thigh problem.

Darren Moore used a 4-2-3-1 formation throughout the campaign with Doncaster and may decide to use the same system in midweek.

Rotherham will be without Michael Ihiekwe, who is to serve the final game of his two-match suspension, while club captain Richard Wood is still out with a groin injury.

Defender Clark Robertson has been ruled out for a month with a hamstring injury sustained against Reading, which could see Wes Harding fill in at centre-back alongside Angus MacDonald.

Sheffield Wednesday possible starting lineup:
Wildsmith; Palmer, Lees, Borner, Penney; Bannan, Hutchinson; Harris, Brown, Reach; Rhodes

Rotherham United possible starting lineup:
Johansson; Olosunde, Harding, A. MacDonald, Giles; Wing, Barlaser, S. MacDonald; Crooks, Ladapo, Smith


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We say: Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 Rotherham United

A turnaround in form is desperately needed for both sides who are at risk of moving further adrift at the bottom if their miserable runs of form continue.

With Darren Moore hoping to put his stamp on his new Sheffield Wednesday squad immediately, we feel a manager bounce could be on the cards, with the hosts to edge out Rotherham at Hillsborough.



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