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Birmingham City vs Rotherham United Prediction, Tips & Stats

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          Birmingham City vs Rotherham United Prediction, Tips & Stats

          Two of the Championship's most out-of-form teams will clash at St. Andrew's on Saturday with Wayne Rooney in desperate need for a win once again at Birmingham City as they play hosts to Rotherham United.

          Given the form of Rooney's side since the former Derby County manager took over and given Rotherham's form so far, anything but a win for the ex-England captain would all but spell the end of his career in the Midlands already. In fact, the Blues head into this game with one win under Rooney that came over Sheffield Wednesday at home.

          However, with one draw and five defeats, Rooney now comes into the match with a win percentage of 14.4% since taking over in October. Alongside that sole win over Wednesday for Rooney, he has led his side to defeats over Middlesbrough, Hull City, Southampton, Southampton and Blackburn Rovers just a handful of days ago.

          As for Rotherham, they are down in 23rd and are only not bottom of the table because of Wednesday's woeful form that sees them in last place on seven points. On the other hand, the Millers already see a gap of seven points on Huddersfield Town in the safe spot of 21st, and with just two wins and 10 losses, they are once again set for a fight to survive in the Championship.

          Rotherham lost to Hull City during the week where Grant Hall scored a goal from defence, but this did extend their winless run to six games since beating Coventry City 2-0 at home. During this period, the Millers have even lost to Sheffield Wednesday away from home, while they've drawn with fellow strugglers Queens Park Rangers as well. The club have also drawn with Ipswich Town and Leeds United, and given their spots in the league, that is commendable. However, a 5-0 battering from Watford also came before the international break.

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          Birmingham City team news

          A midweek loss to Blackburn saw a few players rested for the Blues, meaning Scott Hogan likely comes back into the side for Jay Stansfield. Ethan Laird also missed out, but given the injury to Aiwu during the week, he now likely starts. Koji Miyoshi has not been favoured for a starting role since Rooney took over, but recent form could change things, while Gary Gardner may start too. John Ruddy also continues to keep Neil Etheridge out of the goalkeeper spot. Buchanan and Sanderson should carry on in midfield, while Lukas Hutkiewics, Siriki Dembele and Leandro Bacuna are all likely to stay in the attacking midfield spots after two midweek goals for Dembele.

          Rotherham United team news

          Another winless run for Rotherham has brought in some injuries, as Grant Hall scored and came off with a knock in the week against Hull. Bramall, Morrison and Lembikisa should all carry on in defence, while Sam Nombe should come into the starting XI for George Kelley, as Joe Hugill carries on up top. Harry Odoffin came off in the week but is fit to play, but we should see Lee Peltier and Jamie Lindsay get more minutes after missing out against Hull on Tuesday.

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