Rotherham United make the journey to Wearside on Tuesday evening to face Sunderland, a team who have hit the ground running and find themselves in the play-off places. Paul Warne and his side can go to the Stadium of Light full of confidence themselves after the weekend’s thrashing of Bolton Wanderers, and you can find all of the key information ahead of the clash below...
Fixture: Sunderland V Rotherham United
Competition: Sky Bet League One
Date: Tuesday 17th September 2019
Venue: The Stadium of Light
Referee: B Toner
League Position: 5th
Top Scorer: Chris Maguire (4 goals)
Sunderland prepare to welcome the Millers to the North East following their impressive 3-1 win away at Accrington Stanley on Saturday, getting back to winning ways after losing their first match of the season in the previous outing against Peterborough United.
The Black Cats will probably name a similar eleven to the side that beat Accrington Stanley at the weekend, with no fresh injury concerns from the match.
League Position: 13th
Top Scorer: Freddie Ladapo (4 goals)
Rotherham will feel they can come away with maximum points after overcoming the challenge they faced against Bolton Wanderers, with a number of new acquisitions named in the Bolton line-up following their recent takeover.
Getting six goals was just what manager Paul Warne would have dreamed about prior to the match, and now the platform is there for him and his side to push on up the league table, after a run of mixed results.
With no injury news, Rotherham United will have a strong squad to select from. Long-term absentee Trevor Clarke remains sidelined, along with fellow summer signing Adam Thompson and Kyle Vassell.
One to watch: Aiden McGeady
McGeady is one of the main threats for Sunderland. The midfielder who has played in the Premier League in recent years for the likes of Everton, will be key and the man to stop, with the Irishman being a playmaker in Jack Ross’ Sunderland side.
His pace and vision to see a pass will be something that the Millers will have to keep a close eye on. The former top flight star has netted three times this season, and assisted two of Sunderland’s goals.
McGeady made his name in the Scottish Premier League with Celtic, before moving far away to Spartak Moscow where he continued to gain experience, and made 72 appearances and scored 11 goals. After his time in Russia, the midfielder moved to the Premier League with Everton, before having loans at Sheffield Wednesday and Preston North End.
Jack Ross: “When you look ahead to the fixtures people will see that Rotherham are a team that has just dropped down from the Championship.
“They have consistently either been in League One or in the Championship in recent years and they had a really good result on Saturday so they will come into this game in a good frame of mind.”
Paul Warne: “They (Sunderland) are mobile, fit and organised and it will be a good test as it is against most teams in League One. But they have a bit more quality than most teams.
“But our away performances, in my opinion, have been better than our home performances, so we can look forward to the game.”
iFollow will be providing full 90-minute commentary from the match, whilst the Rotherham United Twitter and Facebook feeds will be providing live updates for the entirety.
Reaction will be available on the official website post-match, as well as iFollow and social media.