Rotherham United vs Ipswich TownEngland Championship, KO: 19:30 Oct 20, 2023, AESSEAL New York Stadium
Ipswich Town return to Championship action after the international break with a Friday night trip to Rotherham United. Ipswich have been one of the most impressive teams this season and should be too strong for Rotherham, who are having a difficult campaign.
Rotherham United have endured a difficult campaign so far having picked up just one win from 11 Championship matches. They are currently second from bottom, four points from safety and need a positive result to jump start their season.
The Millers showed some fight in their previous Championship fixture as they came from behind to earn a 1-1 draw at Southampton. They fell behind early in the encounter before Jordan Hugill struck the equaliser midway through the second half.
Rotherham United will be counting on home support to help spark a revival having claimed their only win this season at AESSEAL New York Stadium. However, Matt Taylor’s men were beaten 2-1 by Bristol City in their previous fixture in front of their fans.
In contrast to Rotherham’s struggles, Ipswich Town have been one of the teams of the season so far. They have suffered just one defeat across all competitions this season and are second on the Championship standings just two points off the pace.
Ipswich Town went into the international break with a 4-2 victory over Preston North End in their previous Championship fixture. Conor Chaplin opened the scoring early in the contest while Brandon Williams, Nathan Broadhead and Kayden Jackson were also on target.
Things have undoubtedly been smooth for Ipswich Town this season but the one problem is Kieran McKenna’s open style which often leaves them exposed at the back. They have kept just one clean sheet in their last five matches across all competitions.
How the bookies view it
The bookies have installed Ipswich Town as overwhelming favourites with a win priced at 1/2 by William Hill. Rotherham United are considered outsiders at home at 11/2 with bet365 while Paddy Power is offering odds of 10/3 for a draw.
Head to head
Rotherham United have a 10-8 advantage with one draw from 19 previous matches against Ipswich Town. However, the Tractor Boys ran out 4-1 winners in the last meeting back in January with Conor Chaplin among the goals.
Players to watch
Jordan Hugill has been among the goals lately having found the net three times in the last seven matches. The forward will be pivotal in any potential resurgence from Rotherham United and is priced at 4/1 by bet365 to find the net on Friday.
Nathan Broadhead and Conor Chaplin have been two of the standout players for Ipswich Town this season with both men scoring five goals each. Broadhead to score anytime is priced at 8/5 by bet365, who is also offering odds of 5/4 on Chaplin in the same market.
Anything else catch the eye?
There were over 3.5 goals in Ipswich Town’s previous fixture and a repeat is priced at 7/4 with Unibet. Over 2.5 goals could also be considered at 4/6 with Unibet while bet365 is offering odds of 8/11 on both teams to score.
Ipswich Town are priced at minimal odds for a straight victory, so a win and both teams to score could be considered for more value at 2/1 with bet365.
This England Championship match between Rotherham United and Ipswich Town will be played on Oct 20, 2023 and kick off at 19:30. Check below for our tipsters best Rotherham United vs Ipswich Town prediction. You may also visit our dedicated betting previews section for the most up to date previews.