Rotherham United v Shrewsbury Town Betting Tips & Preview – Sunday 27th May 2018

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Paul Warne’s Rotherham United go head-to-head with Paul Hurst’s Shrewsbury Town in the EFL League One play-off final at Wembley Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Despite the Millers finishing eight points behind the Shrews in League One, United go into this final as the bookies’ favourites.

In truth, these two are pretty evenly matched and Sunday’s showdown could go either way in the national stadium. There were only four goals scored in the two League One meetings between the pair this season, with each side winning the away fixture. Who will book their place in next season’s Championship this weekend?

Top Tips

Shrewsbury Town Win @ 11/5

Shrewsbury Town Win & BTTS @ 11/2

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Rotherham United Form

Rotherham head into this League One play-off final in good form, winning five, drawing two and losing just one of their past eight games in all competitions. United, who were relegated from the Championship last term, finished their league campaign in fourth spot on 79 points. Along the way, the Millers lost 15 times, one less than Gillingham, who finished 17th.

Having ended in fourth, Rotherham’s reward was a two-legged play-off semi-final with Scunthorpe United. After a thrilling 2-2 draw at Glanford Park, goals from Richard Wood and Will Vaulks were enough to seal a 2-0 win at the New York Stadium in the second leg to book their place in the final. Warne’s men will now fancy their chances of making an instant return to the second tier by seeing off Shrewsbury on Sunday.

Rotherham United v Scunthorpe United 16th May 2018 2-0 Win
Scunthorpe United v Rotherham United 12th May 2018 2-2 Draw
Rotherham United v Blackpool 5th May 2018 1-0 Win

Shrewsbury Town Form

Hurst, who was recently named League One Manager of the Year, has done an exceptional job at New Meadow this term. The popular boss guided the Shrews to third placed, even battling with the likes of Blackburn Rovers and Wigan Athletic for top spot throughout the season. In the end, Town finished nine points behind runners-up Blackburn.

In the play-off semi-finals, Shrewsbury got the better of Lee Bowyer’s Charlton Athletic over two legs. Jon Nolan’s late goal gave the Shrews a 1-0 win at The Valley, which they followed up with a 1-0 home victory in the second leg. Prior to those back-to-back 1-0 victories, Hurst’s side had won just one of their previous seven.

Shrewsbury Town v Charlton Athletic 13th May 2018 1-0 Win
Charlton Athletic v Shrewsbury Town 10th May 2018 0-1 Win
Shrewsbury Town v MK Dons 5th May 2018 0-1 Loss

Head to Head Stats

When these two well matched teams met at New Meadow a few months ago in a League One fixture, Richard Wood got the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win for Rotherham. However, in the reverse game at the New York Stadium back in November, a last-gasp Stefan Payne goal gave the Blues a 2-1 victory.

Shrewsbury have no doubt had the better of the two over the past decade or so, winning eight of the previous 13 league and cup meetings.

17th Feb 2018 Shrewsbury 0-1 Rotherham Rotherham League One
18th Nov 2017 Rotherham 1-2 Shrewsbury Shrewsbury League One
18th Jan 2014 Shrewsbury 0-3 Rotherham Rotherham League One

Injuries & Suspensions

Jamie Proctor and Darren Potter are out for Rotherham with long-term injuries. As for Shrewsbury, they will once again be without the injured duo of Abu Ogogo and Junior Brown. However, neither side have any fresh injury or suspension concerns ahead of this final.

Rotherham United

  • Jamie Proctor - Side-lined with a cruciate ligament injury
  • Darren Potter - Out since December with a long-term injury

Shrewsbury Town

  • Abu Ogogo - Still recovering from a knee injury
  • Junior Brown - Out with a knock

Betting Tips

This League One play-off final could go either way at Wembley on Sunday. Like we said, even though Shrewsbury finished eight points and a place above the Millers in the table, the bookmakers have Rotherham as their favourites. However, Hurst and his side have spent all season defying the odds in the third tier, and they will back themselves to do the business in the capital at the weekend.

Shrewsbury Town Win

Shrewsbury, who were only beaten nine times during the regular season, are available at the top price of 11/5 to prevail in the 90 on Sunday. The Shrews will have learnt a lot from their Football League Trophy defeat to Lincoln City at Wembley back in April, which could give them the edge in this final at the weekend. At 11/5, Shrewsbury are certainly worth backing.

Shrewsbury Town Win & Both Teams to Score

Since drawing 0-0 with eventual champions Wigan back in mid-April, Warne’s Rotherham have scored in all six of their following matches. In fact, the Millers have only drawn three blanks in all competitions since September. With that in mind, take a punt on Shrewsbury to win and both teams to score at the eye-opening odds of 11/2.

Shrewsbury Town to Win 2-1

Shrewsbury have won by a 2-1 scoreline on 10 occasions in all competitions this season. You can get the 2-1 Town win on Sunday at 10/1.

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