Rotherham United vs Nottingham Forest match preview: Even contest expected at AESSEAL New York Stadium

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Competition: England Championship
Competition: Tue 23.February
Match begins: 19:45 (UTC)
Venue: AESSEAL New York Stadium (12021 seats)

An important duel in the bottom section of the Championship, with both Rotherham United and Nottingham Forest experiencing more worry than joy. This match is a classic "six-pointer" with the home team placed 22nd and the visitors in 17th place.

Insights:
  • Rotherham United have played more matches over 2,5 goals home than away.
  • Nottingham Forest has the fewest dropped points from leading position (0) in Championship

It’s busy days for these teams as both were in action only a few days ago. There’s no rest for the wicked, or in this case; no rest for Rotherham United and Nottingham Forest.

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Rotherham United form and stats

4 victories, 3 draws and 7 defeats. That’s what Rotherham United have to build on here at AESSEAL New York Stadium in the Championship. With three straight defeats the pressure is piling up on Rotherham to get some points in this home game.

Rotherham are anxiously hoping for a goal as it's been 209 minutes since the last one in league fixtures. (Scored by M. Crooks).

The fans are hoping that Rotherham will strike back in this match, putting things right after the 0-1 away loss in the Championship game against Norwich City (placed 1st). A defeat was the result before that one, 0-1 away at AFC Bournemouth.

The bookmakers consider this a fairly even contest. One could say only the home advantage separates the teams. It could be relevant to look at how Rotherham have performed in matches similar to this (as small favourites). Our database has found eight matches with the results: Won three, drawn two and lost three.

Another home game is coming up fairly shortly for the hosts, as Reading are coming to town in four days.

The Rotherham fans would probably like to see some more goals scored at their own stadium in the league, the tally being 20 in 14 matches. 20 goals have been conceded.

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Nottingham Forest form and stats

The hunting on away grounds haven’t been very fruitful for Nottingham Forest so far with only 15 points returning home. The records show 4-3-8 (win-draw-lose).

Alex Mighten scored in Nottingham's previous match, the home game against Blackburn Rovers that ended 1-0. Prior to that match, the Nottingham manager C. Hughton faced defeat when travelling to Swansea City and losing 0-1.

So, this is expected to be a close game, an even contest. Looking at earlier matches with Nottingham Forest playing away and similar expectations, we found 23 relevant matches. Results were six Nottingham Forest wins, nine draws and eight defeats.

There might be some complaints about the fixture list from the Nottingham manager C. Hughton as the team has another away game coming up in only three days, this time against Derby County.

Many goals are not expected from the visiting Nottingham Forest as they have only managed to score 11 times from 15 away games in the league. Nottingham Forest have conceded 17 goals in these away matches. There's been improvement defensively lately, as only 2 of these goals has been conceded in their last 3 away matches.

Head 2 Head

Rotherham and Nottingham Forest have met before this season: Nottingham Forest - Rotherham United 1-1. As for the last ten games between these two teams, there's one Rotherham United victory, five draws and four Nottingham Forest wins. Over/under statistics; three of these games ended with three goals or more, seven matches with two goals or less.

Top Goalscorers

RotherhamM. Smith
M. Smith
7 goals
Rotherham UnitedM. Crooks
M. Crooks
6 goals
Rotherham UnitedF. Ladapo
F. Ladapo
5 goals

Rotherham United missing players

Nottingham Forest missing players

Rotherham United Nottingham Forest
Total Home vs low Statistics Stat vs low Away Total
29 14 3 Played P 3 15 31
8 4 2 Won W 2 4 9
5 3 1 Drew D 0 3 9
16 7 0 Lost L 1 8 13
33 20 7 Scored S 5 11 26
40 20 1 Conceded C 2 17 31
100% 100% 100% Over 0.5 O 0.5 100% 100% 87%
72% 86% 100% Over 1.5 O 1.5 67% 67% 65%
52% 64% 67% Over 2.5 O 2.5 67% 20% 26%
17% 21% 0% Over 3.5 O 3.5 0% 0% 6%
7% 7% 0% Over 4.5 O 4.5 0% 0% 0%
48% 57% 33% BTTS BTTS 33% 33% 39%
21% 21% 67% Clean Sheets C S 33% 20% 32%
31% 21% 0% Failed to Score F T 33% 47% 42%
 
0 0 0 Corners for (avg) C F 0 0 0
0 0 0 Corners against (avg) C A 0 0 0
1.8 1.8 2 Yellow cards (avg) Y C 2.7 1.5 1.6
2 2 0 Red cards R C 0 2 4
 
10.7 11.4 9 Shots (avg) S ( 12.7 9.9 11.3
2.9 3.6 4.3 Shots on Target (avg) S O 3.7 2.3 2.9
39% 39% 54% Goal Efficiency G E 45% 32% 29%
Key stats in Championship this season:
  • Nottingham Forest has the fewest dropped points from leading position (0) in Championship
  • Nottingham Forest haven’t played a single 0-0 game away.
  • Rotherham United have played more matches over 2,5 goals home than away.
  • Rotherham United haven’t played a single 0-0 game.

  Total Home Away  
# Team MP W D L F A MP W D L F A MP W D L F A +/- P
1 Norwich City 31 19 7 5 42 24 16 10 5 1 22 9 15 9 2 4 20 15 18 64
2 Brentford 31 16 9 6 56 34 15 8 5 2 29 17 16 8 4 4 27 17 22 57
3 Watford 31 16 9 6 40 21 16 12 2 2 32 12 15 4 7 4 8 9 19 57
4 Swansea City 29 16 8 5 37 19 15 9 5 1 19 6 14 7 3 4 18 13 18 56
5 Reading 31 15 6 10 44 36 16 9 0 7 24 20 15 6 6 3 20 16 8 51
6 AFC Bournemouth 31 13 10 8 45 30 15 9 3 3 26 14 16 4 7 5 19 16 15 49
7 Cardiff City 31 13 7 11 46 33 16 6 3 7 27 19 15 7 4 4 19 14 13 46
8 Middlesbrough 31 13 7 11 36 31 15 8 2 5 18 14 16 5 5 6 18 17 5 46
9 Stoke City 31 11 12 8 37 33 16 7 4 5 22 19 15 4 8 3 15 14 4 45
10 Barnsley 30 13 6 11 34 35 14 7 3 4 18 16 16 6 3 7 16 19 -1 45
11 Millwall 31 9 15 7 30 27 16 3 10 3 15 13 15 6 5 4 15 14 3 42
12 Blackburn Rovers 30 11 6 13 43 34 14 6 4 4 21 15 16 5 2 9 22 19 9 39
13 Queens Park Rangers 29 10 9 10 30 34 15 6 4 5 16 16 14 4 5 5 14 18 -4 39
14 Preston North End 31 12 3 16 34 42 15 4 2 9 11 16 16 8 1 7 23 26 -8 39
15 Bristol City 31 12 3 16 29 42 16 7 2 7 14 16 15 5 1 9 15 26 -13 39
16 Luton Town 30 10 7 13 23 34 14 5 5 4 16 16 16 5 2 9 7 18 -11 37
17 Nottingham Forest 31 9 9 13 26 31 16 5 6 5 15 14 15 4 3 8 11 17 -5 36
18 Huddersfield Town 31 10 6 15 38 45 16 8 2 6 24 17 15 2 4 9 14 28 -7 36
19 Derby County 30 9 7 14 22 32 15 4 4 7 9 16 15 5 3 7 13 16 -10 34
20 Coventry City 31 8 10 13 29 42 16 6 6 4 17 17 15 2 4 9 12 25 -13 34
21 Birmingham City 31 7 10 14 22 37 15 2 3 10 9 24 16 5 7 4 13 13 -15 31
22 Rotherham United 29 8 5 16 33 40 14 4 3 7 20 20 15 4 2 9 13 20 -7 29
23 Sheffield Wednesday 30 9 7 14 21 32 15 6 5 4 12 9 15 3 2 10 9 23 -11 28
24 Wycombe Wanderers 30 4 8 18 22 51 15 2 5 8 9 19 15 2 3 10 13 32 -29 20

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The English Football League Championship (usually shortened to the Championship) is the second highest division in the English football league system. 24 teams play 46 fixtures from August to May, meeting each other twice. The Championship is the wealthiest second-level division in the world.