Off The Line Preview: Rotherham v Pompey

Fan Hub partner Off The Line previews Pompey’s match at Rotherham United.

You can read their full Sky Bet League One weekend preview here.

Rotherham United will look to extend their unbeaten run and strengthen their play-off spot as they entertain mid-table Portsmouth at The New York Stadium.

Paul Warne and Rotherham love League One so much they come back every other year just to show they are better than everyone else in the league. Before the international break Rotherham were victorious on their travels away at Cheltenham thanks to goals from Will Grigg and Ramarni Edmonds-Green.

Grigg has three goals in his last three games after scoring in the millers last trophy game too. The 30-year-old striker looks back to the form that got everyone singing “that song” in 2016.

On paper though Rotherham’s home form is nothing special with them only getting ten points from six games at the New York stadium.

However, they’ve shown as simple as it sounds, when they can stop their opposition from scoring, they win matches with all three home league wins so far this season coming to nil.

The international break came at the wrong time for Portsmouth. Danny Cowley’s men stopped a run of seven league games without a win when they beat Sunderland 4-0 before last week’s forced break.

Cowley has insisted on playing a 3-4-2-1 formation with Ronan Curtis and Marcus Harness floating around target man John Marquis.

Marquis himself was on an eight game goal drought before popping up with a brace against the black cats. Harness and Curtis managed to press high up the pitch alongside wing backs Lee Brown and Mahlon Romeo meaning the ball was turned over in attacking areas and scoring with all three attempts on target in the first half.

Cowley will be hoping for more of the same but will know that it won’t be as easy against a side like Rotherham who are less dependent on possession.

Prediction: Rotherham United 2-1 Portsmouth

Rotherham will come out victorious with a 2-1 victory over Pompey. An opener from Will Grigg will be cancelled out by Marcus Harness before Michael Smith gives The Millers all three points.

One to Watch: Michael Smith – Rotherham target man Michael Smith is important to his team in every way imaginable. The striker has seven goals and two assists from 11 games this season and will be hoping to add to that knowing he can play on Keiran Freeman who is less physical in the air.

Photo: Rotherham United FC

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