League: SkyBet Championship
Venue: The New York Stadium
Betting via William Hill:
Rotherham: 5/4 Draw: 11/5 Brentford: 2/1
It has been a steady if not spectacular start to the season for the Bees since their promotion back to this level. They sit 15th in the table with five points from four games a return which most will see as satisfactory. Two home draws against Charlton Athletic and Birmingham City have provided the London club with a solid foundation whilst an away win at Blackpool will have fans optimistic about their chances this season. Their only defeat in the League this season was at Dean Court where Bournemouth edged out the Bees 1-0 in a close encounter. Brentford will be looking to bounce back from their disappointment of losing to London-rivals Fulham in the Capital One Cup second round on Tuesday. A Ross McCormack strike was enough to see the Cottagers into round three and give them their first win of the season. The Millers have also made a steady start to the season. They go into this game with six points on the board. The two wins they’ve earned have both been impressive and both by a 1-0 scoreline. They beat Wolverhampton Wanderers at the New York Stadium, who have won all of their other games in the league and also saw off Millwall at The Den to end the Lions’ thirteen game unbeaten run in the league. They pushed both Derby and Watford all the way in their other two games but fell victims to late strikes in both games, losing 1-0 and 2-0 respectively. Like Brentford, the Millers will be looking to bounce back from defeat in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday. A Bafetimbi Gomes strike meant that the Millers were beaten 1-0 at the Liberty Stadium by Swansea City.
Last season these two were promoted to the Championship alongside each other. Brentford finished second in the table and were followed into the Championship by the Millers who took the more difficult route, triumphing in the play-offs. The hosts had the better of the two meetings last season earning a league double over the Bees. Mark Bradley scored the only goal at Griffin Park to earn the Millers a 1-0 win, while two goals from Kieran Agard and Haris Vuckic, both no longer at the club; gave the Millers a resounding 3-0 win at the NYS.