Rotherham welcome Preston to the New York Stadium this Saturday for more Championship action. With the teams on opposite ends of the table these three points are even more important, though for much different reasons.
Rotherham currently sit 21st in the Championship after six games. With just one win, one draw and four losses, Rotherham have just four points to their name, just a point above the relegation zone.
In their last five games The Millers have one win and four losses. Though Hakeem Odoffin opened the scoring for Rotherham in the 20th minute, their lead lasted just two minutes. Jobe Bellingham immediately equalised and then added another in the second half to give Sunderland the 2 - 1 win. Another 2 - 1 loss came for Rotherham against Leicester. Fred Onyedinma scored for The Millers but a Kasey McAteer double gave Leicester the win.
In the Second round of the League Cup Rotherham travelled to Stoke. Sean Morrison was on the scoresheet for Rotherham but The Millers were thrashed 6 - 1 as they crashed out of the competition. Dexter Lembikisa and Jordan Hugill both scored in the 2 - 1 win over Norwich with Christian Fassnacht scoring for Norwich.
Most recently Rotherham travelled to Huddersfield. Josh Kormom and Sorba Thomas both scored in the 2 - 0 win for Huddersfield.
Preston, on the other hand, sit top of the Championship after seven games. The Lilywhites have picked up six wins and one draw and are the only unbeaten team left in the league. With 19 points, Preston are one point clear of Ipswich.
In their last five games, Preston have five wins. Despite having less of the possession against Sheffield Wednesday, Liam Lindsay scored the only goal of the game early in the second half as Preston won 1 - 0. Preston went behind in the first half as Harrison Ashby scored for Swansea in the 33rd minute. However, in the second half, Andrew Hughes and Duane Holmes both scored for Preston to give them the 2 - 1 win and all three points.
Will Keane was the star man for Preston against Stoke City. Despite having just 30% of the possession, Keane managed to convert a penalty and score another all in six minutes. These heroics and the defence holding Stoke to just one shot on target, gave Preston the 2 - 0 win. Holmes scored in the opening minute along with Liam Millar also scoring in the first half in the 2 - 1 win over Plymouth Argyle.
In their last time out in the midweek, Preston faced Birmingham. Jay Stansfield opened the scoring for The Blues early on in the second half, but an own goal from Krystian Bielik levelled the game at 1 - 1. Milutin Osmajic scored in the 67th minute to give Preston the 2 - 1 win and continue their good form.
Rotherham and Preston have met 62 times in their histories, with the first meeting coming back in 1961. The Millers have the better record in the fixture and have 22 wins whereas The Lilywhites have 17 wins. In fact, a draw is more common than a win for either team, as there have been 23 draws in the fixture.