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Fulham and Rotherham United in search of first Sky Bet Championship wins

28 August 2015

Fulham and Rotherham United clash on Saturday with both teams still in search of their first league win of the season in the Sky Bet Championship.

Fulham’s campaign has begun inauspiciously, with draws against Cardiff City and Huddersfield Town interspersed with defeats to Brighton & Hove Albion and Hull City.

The good news for Cottagers supporters is that their form in the Capital One Cup has been much better – they have made into Round 3 by beating Wycombe Wanderers 1-0 and, more recently, Sheffield United 3-0.

Read more: Capital One Cup Round 2 review

For Rotherham fans there has been no such solace, with the Millers being knocked out of the cup competition during Round 2 midweek after beating Sky Bet League 2 outfit Cambridge United in Round 1.

In the Championship, Steve Evans’ side have failed to get going. An opening day 4-1 defeat to Milton Keynes Dons rather set the tone, with a solitary point all they have been able to claim so far, thanks to a 0-0 stalemate with Preston North End.

Head to head

Fulham have historically had the edge in the fixture, having claimed 18 wins compared to Rotherham’s 12 during the previous 44 meetings between the sides.

Not since 1992 have Rotherham been able to triumph against the Cottagers, with Fulham unbeaten in the last five matches the pair have competed.

Last term, both matches between Fulham and Rotherham ended as draws. At the AESSEAL New York Stadium, there was great drama as Dan Burn’s 90th minute header for the visitors secured a point, while the game at Craven Cottage finished 1-1 with Matt Derbyshire and Ross McCormack scoring for their respective sides.

The return of Ben Pringle

Ben Pringle moved to Fulham from Rotherham over the summer, and he is likely to be key for Kit Symons’ men on Saturday.

Rotherham know all about Pringle’s quality, having had him in their ranks for four years, and they will be keeping a keen eye on him during the match.

So far the 26-year-old midfielder has played in all but one of Fulham’s competitive matches since his switch, but he is yet to open his goalscoring account for his new club.

Will Rotherham or Fulham claim their first three points of the season on Saturday? Follow @SkyBetChamp on Twitter for regular updates.

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