Rotherham v Reading - Saturday 15:00
Kenny Jackett has emerged as the frontrunner to succeed Alan Stubbs at Rotherham and given his ability to mend and make do, it has the makings of a wonderful appointment. But that doesn’t help the Millers here. The shackles might come off to some degree, with the emphasis no longer on a flawed philosophy, but a dreadful defence is unlikely to become watertight overnight.
Stubbs tried to encourage an expansive brand of football, playing out from the back, and despite promising spells of 20 minutes here and there, it never once looked like a viable strategy for a club at such a distinct financial disadvantage. So let’s assume caretaker Paul Warne will take a more pragmatic approach, focusing purely on the opposition and the result.
It’s ironic that Reading should provide the opposition, executing as they do the brand of football that one suspects Stubbs was always trying to convey from his head. The Royals are the top possession team in the division and though they don’t always turn territorial dominance into genuine clear-cut opportunities, they should get chances here.
With Jaap Stam switching back to his favoured 4-3-3 in the last two matches, Danny Williams has become a more prominent figure in their attacking play, operating in one of the two advanced midfield roles. He popped up on the edge of the six-yard box to net the equaliser in the 1-1 draw at QPR last weekend and he deserves to be chanced at 13/2 in the anytime scorer market here.£10 Free Credit and a £500 Deposit Bonus