Football League: Rotherham to conquer Sheffield United

The abrasive Steve Evans is doing a great job at Rotherham

Assisted by the Opta stats, Michael Lintorn previews all of Tuesday's League One and Two fixtures...

"This is Rotherham’s chance to stretch their League One undefeated streak to 17 fixtures, claim a fifth win in a row and apply more pressure to second-placed Brentford."
Best Bet: Back Rotherham to win at Sheffield United @ 2.285/4

Brentford v Crawley, Tuesday 19:45, Match Odds: Brentford 1.564/7, Crawley 7.413/2, The Draw 4.3100/30
Brentford's promotion push wasn't stalled by Uwe Rosler's December departure. They are six points clear in second with six to play, but can't afford to relax with pursuers Rotherham refusing to relent. Crawley should be submissive guests after five successive defeats, and have netted once from open play in five road trips. Opta note that Brentford's four-game home win run is League One's longest. Their Griffin Park record against sides outside the top four is 16 victories and a draw from 17 outings.
Recommended Bet: Back Brentford to win to nil @ 2.56/4

Peterborough v Gillingham, Tuesday 19:45, Match Odds: Peterborough 1.684/6, Gillingham 5.69/2, The Draw 4.3100/30
Peterborough put silverware in the cabinet last month by beating Chesterfield in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final, yet offer the impression that they wish to avoid another day out at Wembley. The owners of League One's final play-off vacancy often advertise its availability, losing 16 of their last 27 matches - and six of the last nine - but can't find a buyer. Opta make the opportunity to lay them at odds-on even more tempting by revealing that they have won only one league clash in eight at home to Gillingham.
Recommended Bet: Lay Peterborough to win @ 1.695/7

Sheffield United v Rotherham, Tuesday 19:45, Match Odds: Sheffield United 3.55, Rotherham 2.285/4, The Draw 3.412/5
Now that both the play-off spots and relegation zone appear out of bounds, this game is a bit of an unwanted distraction for Sheffield United five days shy of an FA Cup semi-final. By contrast, this is Rotherham's chance to stretch their League One undefeated streak to 17 fixtures, claim a fifth win in a row and apply more pressure to second-placed Brentford. Opta warn that they last won a league collision at Bramall Lane, though it more significant that the Blades are winless in three as hosts.
Best Bet: Back Rotherham to win @ 2.285/4

Newport v Plymouth, Tuesday 19:45, Match Odds: Newport 2.6213/8, Plymouth 3.02/1, The Draw 3.3512/5
The Opta statistic that best illustrates Newport's post-Christmas demise is that they have gone eight encounters with triumphing at Rodney Parade. Plymouth are within range of the play-off berths and will close the gap to two points if successful, yet have only won two in seven. However, they rarely lose on their travels, so Newport's home struggles invite a draw no bet wager. If you had done that for Plymouth's last 16 away days, you would have profited or got your stake back on 12 occasions.
Recommended Bet: Back Plymouth to win (draw no bet) @ 2.111/10

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