What to expect when the two most out-of-form teams in League One meet on Saturday

Rotherham travel to Bristol Rovers on Saturday knowing that something will have to give.

The Millers have not won in League One since October 14 and currently prop up the division’s form table, having registered just two points in their last six games.

They make the lengthy trip down the M5, though, to play a side who are having a similarly tough time of it.

 

Rovers sit immediately above Rotherham in the form table, having won three points, a run consisting of one victory and five defeats.

Unfortunately for the Millers, Rovers have fared better on home soil this season, having taking 15 of their 21 points there and they have won two of their last four games.

In contrast, the Millers have only taken eight points on the road as their case of travel sickness is lingering from last year.

Whatever happens at the Memorial Stadium, there should be goals involved – and not just because of Rotherham’s inability to defend.

 

A divisional high 74 per cent of Bristol Rovers’ games have had over 2.5 goals in them, while 47 per cent have had over 3.5 – again the most in the league.

Only Oldham average more goals per game this season (3.47) than Rovers (3.26) and Rotherham (3.16).

At the other end, Millers fans no need reminding just how bad their side have been, but Darrell Clarke’s men have hardly been solid either.

They have kept only two clean sheets, compared to Rotherham’s five, while the 35 goals they have shipped is only worsened by Oldham (36).

Getting the first goal will be the key here as Bristol Roves have lost 11 of 12 games where they have conceded the opener, with Rotherham losing nine of 10.

If Paul Warne’s men don’t get back to winning ways they will have extended their longest winless streak in this division since 2006-07.

 

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