Rotherham United take the 18 mile trip to the Keepmoat Stadium this weekend as the Millers look to get back to winning ways against Doncaster Rovers, and you can find all of the key information ahead of the clash below.
Fixture: Doncaster Rovers vs Rotherham United
Competition: Sky Bet League One
Date: Saturday 7th September 2019
Kick-Off: 12:30 pm
Venue: The Keepmoat Stadium
Referee: Martin Coy
League Position: 11th
Top Scorer: Kieran Sadlier (2 goals)
Rovers go into this match having played Lincoln City twice in a week, once in the league and the other match in the Leasing Trophy on Tuesday night, which resulted in a 3-1 win for Darren Moore’s side.
Doncaster Rovers have won three out of the last four matches, in all competitions giving them good form going into the South Yorkshire derby. However, playing the Millers has not always been the easiest of tasks for Rovers in the past, the last meeting ending in a 2-1 victory for Rotherham United, in February 2018.
League Position: 13th
Top Scorer: Freddie Ladapo (2 goals)
After the draw against Tranmere Rovers last weekend, Paul Warne has had a full week with his players to prepare them for the trip across South Yorkshire to Doncaster Rovers for the first local rival league clash of the campaign.
One player who could make his debut this weekend is Jake Hastie who signed for the club earlier this week on loan from Rangers, and will stay with the Millers for the duration of the season. Hastie will not be the only possible debutant this weekend with the purple third kit for Rotherham United, also making its first appearance.
One issue that Warne has encountered ahead of the trip to Doncaster Rovers is that Dan Iversen will not be available due to his call up by Denmark for international duty.
Billy Jones and Trevor Clarke are getting closer to returning to first team action, but are unlikely to feature in the match against Doncaster.
One to watch: James Coppinger
Coppinger with a wealth of Football League experience, after making over 600 appearances, is the man to watch this weekend for Doncaster Rovers.
The midfielder despite his age, is vital to Rovers and even though he has only netted once so far, this season, the midfielder can cause problems for opposition sides.
The 38-year-old who came through Darlington’s youth setup played most of his early career in the North East, playing for Newcastle United and Hartlepool United. Afterwards he moved to play for Exeter City, and Coppinger now finds himself back in the North with Doncaster Rovers and has done since 2004, with a brief loan spell at Nottingham Forest, in between.
Darren Moore: “They are a good team and have a lot of players in their squad who have played at this level for a long time.
“Paul knows the club and has been the manager for a while now, he understands the division having won promotion out of it before,” he said.
Paul Warne “I thought the job Darren Moore did at West Bromwich Albion was unbelievable, but he lost his job and he now has a good opportunity at a club he knows really well which helps.
“They’ve hit the ground running and that has really impressed me, and I think they’ll have a really good season,” Paul Warne said.
iFollow will be providing full 90-minute commentary from the match, whilst the Rotherham United Twitter feed will be providing live updates for the entirety.
Reaction will be available on the official website post-match, as well as on iFollow and social media.