Brentford travel to Rotherham United in this afternoon’s Sky Bet Championship match with both clubs desperate for the points for very different reasons.
Neil Warnock’s Rotherham are in the relegation zone, six points behind MK Dons who take on Blackburn today, with games running out to retain their Championship status.
They are without a win in the last seven games and have just kept one clean sheet in that time, conceding 14 goals.
Unless they can find some form quickly, Rotherham are set to be playing League One football next season.
Brentford on the other hand are still striving for a play-off place, and had gone off the boil until they beat Wolverhampton Wanderers in their last outing.
Dean Smith’s side are 11th in the table, twelve points behind Sheffield Wednesday in sixth, but they still believe they can make the top six, but will need another three points today to make that happen.
FootballLeagueWorld writer Anthony Yeo identifies THREE things to look out for in this afternoon’s encounter…
1) John Swift
Swift was outstanding in the last match.
He scored two terrific goals and was a constant threat all game.
The Chelsea winger has been overshadowed this season by Alan Judge, but his contribution to this Brentford side is formidable.
The Rotherham backline will struggle to contain Swift with his pace and skill on the wing and, if they try and contain him, they may well leave Brentford’s other dangerous players unattended.
2) Rotherham’s defence
We use the term defence loosely here.
Rotherham have been woeful at the back this season and in the last seven games they have conceded 14 goals, taking their total 58 for the season.
That is an average of two goals a game, and keeping a clean sheet is something of a myth at the New York Stadium.
Unless Rotherham can find a way of plugging the defence, they will not stay up this season.
3) Neil Warnock
If anyone can save Rotherham it would be the legend that is Warnock!
He is an outstanding manager with passion, and his knowledge may just be enough to save the Millers.
Warnock will have a plan and will strive to make the Rotherham defend better and play in a way to pick up points.
He may well keep Rotherham up but if he doesn’t they must surely keep him for next season’s League One campaign.
Rotherham and Brentford fans… What are your predictions for today’s crucial match? Can Rotherham stay up? Will Brentford make the play-offs? Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!