Rotherham United v Norwich City Betting Preview – 14/01/17

Rotherham United v Norwich City Betting Preview – 14/01/17

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Rotherham United v Norwich City Betting Preview – 14/01/17

In our Rotherham United v Norwich City betting preview we look at the best possible bets between the two sides.

Alex Neil will attempt to pick up another important three points on Saturday, as he tries to get his Norwich City side’s season back on track with a win away to Paul Warne’s Rotherham United at New York Stadium. Rotherham United are twenty-fourth in the Championship, thirteen points adrift from the safe seventeen teams in the division. Norwich City sit ninth, underperforming this season after being tipped to make an immediate return to the league but finding more positive results in the passing weeks, decreasing the gap between them and the play-offs to five points.

Millers’ fans have suffered the worst out of anyone in the Championship this season, watching their team pick up a measly thirteen points from a potential seventy-five. They remain bottom of the league, thirteen points astray from survival, as they have since way before Christmas. Alan Stubbs led out the side until October, where his methods were doubted by the club’s board, leaving experienced manager Kenny Jackett to take his place but seeing him resign little more than a month later, with it unsaid as to why he threw in the towel so early. After plenty of speculation, Rotherham appointed former player Paul Warne as manager, with things looking positive as he won his first two home fixtures but their success losing steam ever since, as they’ve now failed to win their last three games.

Despite playing their recent FA Cup fixture at home, Rotherham United struggled against League One side Oxford United, narrowly holding off Michael Appleton’s side from taking the lead on several occasions. They were given a lifeline, as Lewis Price saved a penalty, but it amounted to very little when Ryan Taylor put The U’s ahead before half-time. The second half saw more drama, as key striker Danny Ward blasted a shot into Oxford’s goal to get them back in the game. A powerful header from Phil Edwards then put The Millers behind again, increasing the deficit a further eight minutes later with a forceful tap-in courtesy of Kane Hemmings. Paul Warne’s side were able to score a second goal in the final minute when Tom Adeyemi headed into Scott Eastwood’s goal, but it was too late as they lost the fixture 3-2 to the side in the league below.

When Norwich City were relegated from the Premier League at the end of last season, it was expected that alongside Newcastle United and Aston Villa, they would be fighting to return to the top tier straight away. It makes little sense what’s actually happened, as their drop to the league below has seen them suddenly become dangerously inconsistent, taking eleven wins and four draws from twenty-five games but failing to win in eleven fixtures. Summer signing Nelson Oliveira has certainly helped The Canaries to stay in the top half of the table at least, scoring a crucial eight goals over all competitions. They’ve also seen young forward Jacob Murphy burst onto the scene this season, scoring an equally impressive seven goals at the tender age of twenty-one, which has prompted rumours of interested from Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool.

After defeating seventh place Derby County 3-0 in a convincing first game of 2017, it was hoped that The Canaries could put a fight against Southampton in the FA Cup, which certainly looked the case when they hosted the Saints at Carrow Road last weekend. Southampton went ahead in the first half, doing so in spectacular style as Dusan Tadic made a cross to Virgil Van Dijk, who impressively volleyed the ball into Michael McGovern’s goal. Norwich were back in the game at the start of the first half when Saints’ ‘keeper Harry Lewis blatantly tripped Cameron Jerome in the area, which led to a spot-kick, calmly put away by Steven Whittaker. Claude Puel’s side managed to take the lead through a Maya Yoshida header with hopes of securing a win, but Norwich had other plans, securing a replay in stoppage time through a similarly taken Steven Naismith header.

Recommended Bets:

Norwich to win (Best priced at 8/11 on BetWay) – BET HERE

Over 2.5 goals (Best priced at 13/18 on BetBright) – BET HERE

Nelson Oliveira to score anytime (Best priced at 6/5 on Paddy Power) – BET HERE

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