Sports Betting Weekly

Rotherham United v Norwich City

When: Saturday, 25 April 2015 @ 21:00 (FINISHED)
Where: The New York Stadium
With automatic promotion now out of Norwich City’s hands, all the Canaries can do is win their remaining games and hope results elsewhere go their way – starting with a Rotherham United side who are very much feeling the heat of a relegation battle.

Since Alex Neil replaced Neil Adams as manager in January, Norwich have been excellent in the league – winning 14 out of a possible 20 – with only Brentford, Wigan and Middlesbrough taking maximum points from the Canaries.

As such, Norwich have shot into the automatic promotion race and given themselves a superb opportunity to return to the top flight at the first attempt, while also removing any danger of their season ending in mid-table obscurity – something that looked very likely until Adams’ departure.

Last Friday’s defeat to Middlesbrough was a hammer blow, but with two games left and everything to play for, City find themselves just two points off an automatic promotion spot; though remarkably their +38 goal difference is still significantly lower than Bournemouth’s +47.

Given league form of five wins in 19 before Neil arrived, Norwich find themselves in the unusual situation that even if they miss out on the automatic promotion places, it wouldn’t be all that bad a result, and a day at Wembley – potentially against rivals Ipswich Town – could well be on the cards.

Going by the form book, whether Ipswich are able to hold onto sixth position or another team manages to leapfrog them on the last day, it would be hard to look past Norwich getting promoted – maybe only Middlesbrough could stop them, but as it stands that could only happen at Wembley.

If that is the case, then Norwich could take a leaf out of their opponent’s book, with Rotherham clinching their place in the Championship via Wembley in a dramatic match against Leyton Orient, which the Millers ultimately won on penalties.

One thing that can’t be thrown at Steve Evans’ side is that they lack fight, but the nature of the division has perhaps proved difficult for them to adapt to from League One, and Rotherham now sit precariously above the relegation places just four points ahead of Millwall.

There could yet be a twist in the tale as well, as Rotherham were recently charged with fielding an ineligible player in their 1-0 win over Brighton – an infringement that could have severe ramifications for the club in the form of a three-point deduction.

Blackpool also fell foul of the same offence earlier in the season, suffering a £30,000 fine as opposed to a points deduction – something every Rotherham fan would happily take over a punishment which would put them right down in the relegation mix.

Things won’t be easy for them against a Norwich side hell-bent on promotion, and this is something the bookies have reflected by making the Canaries 8/13 to claim victory. Rotherham, meanwhile, are 21/4 to take the three points, with a draw also on hand at 16/5.

Cameron Jerome is just one goal away from hitting 20 in all competitions this season and can be had at 4/1 to break the deadlock or 31/21 to score anytime. For Rotherham, their best chance of a goal lies with Matt Derbyshire, who leads the way for the Millers with nine. He is 9/1 to score first or 43/10 to score at any point.