Match: Rotherham United vs Shrewsbury Town
Competition: England – League One
Date: 17:00h / 27 May 2018
Venue: Wembley Stadium
Both teams showed a great character to overtake their respective rivals over two semi-final legs. The Millers went past Scunthorpe United 4-2 on aggregate being the better outfit in both ties. Goals in the reverse fixture surprisingly came from behind as center back Richard Wood and central midfielder Will Vaulks contributed to a 2-0 victory at AESSEAL New York Stadium.
Having rightly finished inside the top six, Rotherham had a tough test against Scunthorpe in the semi-finals of the play-offs, though their offensive strength brought them through in the end. Apart from Blackburn and Wigan, both of whom proved to be a bit too good for third division football, Rotherham were the best attacking team in League One during the regular season. Paul Warne will be hoping that the Millers’ attacking style pays off against a Shrewsbury side that has been built on defensive solidity.
Unlike the hosts, who’ve adopted a flamboyant, forward-thinking approach this season, Shrewsbury have been all about hard-work and solidity. They too have had their moments going forward, while they do have some very capable attacking players, but it’s fair to say that Paul Hurst’s men have been successful, mainly down to the fact that they’re so hard to beat. Having edged past Charlton in typical workmanlike fashion, the Shrews will be looking to frustrate their opponents at Wembley on Sunday afternoon.
Abu Ogogo (Knee injury)
Neither Rotherham nor Shrewsbury have dominated this fixture in recent times. Each side has won two of the last five renewals. When they last met, Rotherham came out on top by a goal to nil, though the reverse fixture saw Shrewsbury win 2-1.
I expect to be a tight game with a few goals and chances in front of both ends.
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