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Live on Sky Sports: A South Yorkshire special - Rotherham United v Sheffield Wednesday

23 October 2015

This weekend's schedule of Sky Bet Championship action gets under way tonight with Rotherham United taking on Sheffield Wednesday in front of the Sky Sports cameras in a South Yorkshire derby.

The match kicks off at 7:45pm on Sky Sports 1, and we'll be tweeting updates from our divisional Twitter channel, @SkyBetChamp.


Tonight will see these two clubs meet for the 33rd time in the league. Wednesday have the upper hand with 17 wins compared to Rotherham's nine, while the pair have shared the spoils on six occasions.

Last season the two sides couldn't be separated at Hillsborough, playing out a 0-0 draw, before the Owls won the reverse fixture 3-2 at the AESSEAL New York Stadium.

In all, the Millers haven't recorded a home league victory over Wednesday in nine attempts, with their most recent success coming in March 1976.

Tickets for tonight's televised South Yorkshire derby v #swfc at AESSEAL New York Stadium have now SOLD OUT. #rufc

— Rotherham United (@OfficialRUFC) October 23, 2015
How are they playing?

Rotherham are winless in three but picked up their first point under new boss Neil Redfearn in a 1-1 draw against Reading in midweek.

Sheffield Wednesday, on the other hand, go into this fixture in a rich vein of form. The Owls are ninth in the table - four points off a Play-Off place - and are unbeaten in their last six, with three wins and three draws.

What are they saying?

The South Yorkshire derby comes in a busy spell for both clubs and Rotherham manager Redfearn is pleased with how his players have applied themselves over the past week.

“It’s a massive turnaround of games,” he explained to the Millers' official website.

“We’ve got to look at everything and how the lads have reacted and I have to say they put a real shift in against Reading and even against Brentford.

“They’ve come through it really well as regards to fitness and the physical side of things. They’ve been in all week, we’ve had the head count and the lads have cooled down properly in the pool, so we’re hoping that they’re okay legs-wise and they’re all going to want to play in this game, which is a great game to play in."

Owls boss Carlos Carvalhal is also relishing the game, and insists his players will be ready after they picked up a point at Queens Park Rangers on Tuesday.

“It will be an exciting game but we only have a short time to prepare,” he told “But I don’t want excuses, we will be ready and will fight for the three points.

“The fans understand that we are fighting a lot and I think people are happy. We are going into the next game with good vibes.”

Don't miss it!

Tune into Sky Sports 1 from 7pm to watch the action, and follow our match updates on Twitter via @SkyBetChamp.

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