Birmingham City vs. Rotherham United Predictions, Team News, Lineups
Under Wayne Rooney’s leadership, Birmingham City will play relegation-threatened Rotherham United at St Andrew’s on Saturday afternoon in the Championship in an attempt to record back-to-back home victories.
The Blues are looking to recover from their Wednesday night loss to Blackburn Rovers, while the Millers were soundly defeated 4-1 by Hull City the day before.
Following the dismissal of John Eustace in October, Birmingham’s losing streak in away games reached seven games on Wednesday night as they fell 4-2 to top-six contender Blackburn.
This means that new Blues boss Rooney has only earned four second-tier points from the team’s first seven games under Rooney.
The visitors to Ewood Park weathered an early Rovers storm and exerted good pressure on their hosts during the first half. However, Jon Dahl Tomasson’s team was able to virtually seal the points at the beginning of the second half thanks to a brace from Sammie Szmodics and a goal from James Hill, giving them a three-goal lead.
The only thing that excited the travelling fans about Birmingham’s rather fragmented second-half performance was winger Siriki Dembele’s spectacular skills, as he scored his fourth and fifth goals of the Championship season to give Rooney’s team some hope in the chilly Lancashire weather.
The visit of struggling Sheffield Wednesday last weekend, when Blues won their first game under Manchester United legend Rooney, is being compared to Saturday’s matchup with Rotherham.
With Jordan James and Juninho Bacuna completing a much-needed comeback after George Byers’s opening goal for the Owls, Blues achieved their first victory under Rooney.
Bluenoses who attend a redesigned St Andrew’s this weekend will be hoping for a strong showing and three points, since their team has been playing quite well in the Second City thus far, taking 18 points from nine home games.
Under Matt Taylor’s direction, Rotherham United finished in a reasonably comfortable 19th place last season. However, since then, they have reclaimed their status as Championship whipping boys and will likely have to fight to stay in the league, a situation that is made worse by their continuous search for a permanent head coach.
The Millers are currently without a win in six games in the second division under Wayne Carlisle. On Tuesday night, the Yorkshire team lost 4-1 against Liam Rosenior’s Hull thanks to goals from the Tigers’ Tyler Morton, Scott Twine, and Jaden Philogene-Bidace.
After 18 games, Rotherham is solidly in the bottom three of the second-tier league. Having only gained 12 points in the first few months of the season, they are currently seven points below Darren Moore’s Huddersfield Town in 21st ahead of a trip to St Andrew’s on Saturday afternoon.
As the search for Taylor’s replacement drags on until December, reports indicate that interim manager Carlisle will likely remain in charge of the team in the Second City.
Former Luton Town manager Nathan Jones is reportedly not expected to take over at AESSEAL New York Stadium.
The Millers’ away performance in 2023–24 has been appalling, as they have only managed one point from nine Championship games.
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Nevertheless, that outcome did come at the home of Southampton, who were recently demoted, as Jordan Hugill’s goal in the second half forced a share of the spoils against Russell Martin’s Saints.
Birmingham City Championship form:
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Rotherham United Championship form:
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After allowing four goals at Ewood Park, the manager of Birmingham may decide to make changes to his defence. As a result, Austrian defender Emanuel Aiwu may be benched in favour of Ethan Laird.
Oliver Burke, who is anticipated to pair Fulham loanee Jay Stansfield in attack, and Koji Miyoshi are predicted to make their way back into the starting lineup for the match on Saturday.
Romelle Donovan, a 17-year-old who recently signed his first professional contract, may be included in this weekend’s matchday roster.
Two former Birmingham players, Shane Ferguson and Tyler Blackett, are currently being treated in the medical room by Rotherham, and it is anticipated that they will be out for at least a week.
Sam Clucas showed at Stoke City that he could pose a threat to any team in the second division, but the winger is sidelined for the time being with a hamstring injury.
Birmingham City possible starting lineup
Ruddy; Laird, Sanderson, Buchanan, Drameh; Bielik, James, Miyoshi, Dembele, Burke, Stansfield
Rotherham United possible starting lineup
Johansson; Lembikisa, Morrison, Hall, Bramall; Rathbone, Tiehi, Odoffin, Revan, Kelly, Eaves.
Our Prediction Birmingham City 3-1 Rotherham United or 3-0 win by Birmingham City