Rotherham will host Sheffield United in Round 30 of the EFL Championship. The hosts sit just above the relegation zone but have a five-point cushion. The visitors, on the other hand, are five points behind league leaders Burnley but have a 12-point lead over the league’s third-placed team. Rotherham got the better of Sheffield United in the last match. They won the match by a scoreline of 1-0. This upcoming encounter has all the potential of being a great match for bettors who know how to use the match bet market that is available, as there can be a number of different odds available.
The home team sits 20th in the EFL Championship table with seven wins, ten draws, and 11 losses. They have scored 33 goals with an average xG rate of 1.01. The defence has leaked 40 goals and averages 1.68 xGA per match. The above viz shows the percentile rank of the team in comparison to other teams in the EFL Championship. It can be observed that Rotherham have struggled in the current campaign. They have a very low percentile rank and are struggling in the league. However, they have managed to dig out the results, and that has kept them above the relegation zone.
Sheffield United sits second in the EFL Championship table with 17 wins, six draws, and five losses. The Blades have scored 48 goals and conceded half that number of goals. Their xG rate is 1.59 and their xGA rate is 1.09 per match. The above viz shows that Sheffield United have shown dominance in almost every department. The Blades have a high percentile rank in attack and defence, and a few stats are mentioned in the possession department. This is one of the reasons why Sheffield United sit comfortably in the promotion spots.
The contrast in the attacking stats
The pizza charts have already shown how the teams contrast in different areas of the field. Sheffield United are a very attacking team, and they like to stay on the front foot in their matches. The above two visuals also hint at the same. The Blades have the highest xG rate per 90 minutes, and they also hold a high efficiency in positional attacks. Rotherham, on the other hand, are ranked at the bottom for efficiency in positional attacks.
Sheffield United creates 32.46 positional attacks and 1.46 counterattacks on average per match. They take 13 shots per match and manage to hit the target 39.8% of the time. Rotherham’s average is low at 26.5 positional attacks and 1.39 counterattacks per match. They only manage to take 7.43 shots per match and have an accuracy rate of 37.6%. This shows the difference in the attacks of both teams in the league.
The Blades are also ranked at the top for making entries into the opposition’s penalty box. These entries have allowed them to create a lot of threats, and this is one of the reasons behind the high xG rate for the team.
Iliman Ndiaye was on the transfer list of a few clubs. However, they managed to keep hold of the player. He will lead the attack for the Blades and has made the most goal-scoring contributions. The forward has ten goals and seven assists to his name in 28 appearances. Sheffield United plays with two players up front. Ndiaye is the likely starter at one of the positions.
Oliver McBurnie is the likely companion for Ndiaye in the attack. The Scottish striker has nine goals to his name. He scored recently in their match against Wrexham in the FA Cup. The striker will look to reach double figures in his 21st league appearance this season.
Rotherham will be without their key midfielder, Dan Barlaser after the player decided to move to Middlesbrough. There are no new injury concerns in both camp.
Sheffield United are the favourites to win the match. The 1×2 odds show that the Blades have an odds rate of around 1.70. The home team has an odd rating of around five. They have a low chance of winning this match. As for the over/under lines, there are chances that the match might produce a few goals. However, the odds for over lines will only thrive if the away team converts their chances in the match. Sheffield United will be the favourites to win the match.
Sheffield United will be the favourites to take three points from this match. They will look to avenge their loss against the same team early in the season. Rotherham, on the other hand, will look to upset the visitors and earn back-to-back victories against them.
Visuals via TFA data viz engine