The Sky Bet League One takes centre stage this weekend in our featured game, as Rotherham United host Burton Albion.
With the Millers riding high at the top of the table, can they be knocked off their perch by the Brewers, who are the latest visitors to South Yorkshire to test Rotherham’s seemingly unwavering resolve?
📅 Match details
Kick-off at the AESSEAL New York Stadium on Saturday 11 December is scheduled for 15:00, with a full schedule of League One action to look forward to once more.
Named as referee for the clash, Sam Allison will be joined by assistant referees Anthony Moore and Oliver Bickle, with Johnathon Bickerdike taking on the role of the fourth official.
👔 At the helm
Celebrating five years at the helm last month, Rotherham manager Paul Warne has been on the coaching staff at the Club since hanging up his boots in 2012, before making the step up as caretaker boss following the departure of Kenny Jackett.
The 49-year-old, who was on the books at Rotherham across two separate stints between 1999 and 2005, and 2009 and 2012, has three promotions on his CV with the Club in total, equalling two as manager and one as a player.
New Year’s Day marked a new era for Burton as the Brewers re-appointed Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink as their manager for a second time.
Hasselbaink, who moved on to Queens Park Rangers in December 2015 after leading Burton to League One for the first time in the Club’s history in 2014/15 and claiming the League Two title, made a return to the Pirelli Stadium to manage the team close to his heart, five years after his departure.
🔑 Key man
Millers playmaker Dan Barlaser has come into his own since joining Rotherham from Newcastle United on a permanent basis in October 2020, following a successful loan stint in South Yorkshire with the Club, during which time he helped Paul Warne’s men win promotion to the Sky Bet Championship.
Three goals and five assists has cemented the midfielder as fundamental to his side’s promotion push, and the 24-year-old wasn’t far off a hat-trick in midweek against Gillingham, missing a second-half penalty and instead, settling for a brace.
Having joined Burton as a Sky Bet League Two Club, over 300 appearances later, Lucas Akins has won the hearts of Brewers supporters, pivotal to the team’s meteoric rise and now in his eighth season at the Pirelli Stadium.
The attacker, who has three goals to his name this year, has hit double figures in all EFL competitions for the last three seasons and will be hoping to keep that run of form up this campaign.
📈 Form guide
A resounding 5-1 victory over Gillingham in midweek takes the Millers’ record unbeaten run to 14 in the League, with Warne’s side sitting pretty at the top of the League One standings, tallying 41 points.
And Rotherham, who boast the best attack with the most goals scored by a team and the League’s best defence, will be out to extend their three-game winning streak at the New York Stadium this weekend.
The 10th-placed Brewers, on the other hand, couldn’t keep second-placed Wycombe Wanderers at bay on Tuesday evening, slipping to a 2-1 defeat to the League One high-flyers.
Striving for consistency, Hasselbaink’s team endured a run of four straight defeats between the end of October and the beginning of November but followed it up with back-to-back wins to end the month on a high. However, they will be hoping to have a better December, despite kicking it off with a defeat to Wycombe.
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