Basement side Rotherham United will seek to achieve only their fourth victory in the Championship this season when they host Hull City at the New York Stadium on Tuesday night.
The hosts currently occupy the bottom position in the table with 19 points, while Hull City sit in seventh place, just two points behind sixth-placed Sunderland in the race for a playoff spot.
Rotherham has had a challenging campaign, with three wins, 10 draws, and 17 defeats in 30 matches, leaving them at the bottom of the table with 19 points.
The Millers trail 21st-placed Huddersfield Town by 12 points, which is a significant gap considering they have only managed three league victories throughout the season.
Leam Richardson’s side enters this match following a 3-0 defeat against Leeds United on Saturday, with their last win at this level of football occurring on Boxing Day against Middlesbrough.
Rotherham, who finished 19th in the Championship last season, currently possess the second-worst home record in the league, having accumulated only 15 points from 15 matches.
Furthermore, Rotherham has not defeated Hull since December 2015, and they suffered a 4-1 defeat in their previous encounter in November.
Hull City last played in the Premier League during the 2016-17 campaign and has since spent time in League One. In their last two seasons in the second tier, they finished 19th and 15th respectively.
The Tigers have had a successful campaign so far, with 13 wins, six draws, and 11 defeats in 30 matches, earning them 45 points and placing them in seventh position.
Hull City is only two points behind sixth-placed Sunderland with a game in hand and has aspirations of securing a playoff spot this season.
Although Acun Ilicali’s side has won two of their last three Championship matches, they come into this game following a 1-0 home defeat to Swansea City.
Hull has accumulated 20 points from their 14 away league matches this season, suffering just six losses in the process. They will be considered the favorites in Tuesday’s match against the bottom-placed team.
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Rotherham currently has a significant number of injuries, with at least six players expected to be absent for their match against Hull City.
Cohen Bramall, Grant Hall, Fred Onyedinma, Andre Green, Tyler Blackett, and Shane Ferguson are all unavailable for selection. However, there are no fresh injury concerns for the Millers.
Head coach Richardson is likely to resist making changes to the starting lineup following their defeat to Leeds, meaning a 5-4-1 formation with Jordan Hugill leading the attack is probable.
On the other hand, Hull City will once again be without the services of Liam Delap, who has scored seven goals this season, due to a knee injury.
Additionally, Jean Michael Seri will not be available as he prepares for the Africa Cup of Nations final.
Ozan Tufan, who has scored seven times in the Championship this season, will feature in an advanced position, and on-loan Liverpool attacker Fabio Carvalho is expected to start.
Rotherham United Possible Starting Lineup:
Kioso, Odoffin, Morrison, Peltier, Revan;
Cafu, Tiehi, Clucas, Lindsay;
Hull City Possible Starting Lineup:
Coyle, Jones, Greaves, Giles;
Philogene, Carvalho, Zaroury;
Prediction: Rotherham United 1-2 Hull City
Despite their challenging season, Rotherham has the potential to make this a difficult match for Hull City. However, with two wins from their last three league games, we anticipate Hull City to secure a narrow victory on Tuesday and claim all three points.