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Match Preview – Rotherham vs Ipswich

Last Updated: 10/08/18 11:30am

Paul Hurst will take Ipswich to face his former club

Paul Hurst will take Ipswich to face his former club

Paul Hurst will take Ipswich to face his former club

Rotherham boss Paul Warne has an unchanged squad for his side’s first home game of the season against Ipswich.

Warne was unable to add to his squad before Thursday’s transfer deadline so will select from the same group that lost 5-1 to Brentford last week.

Darren Potter is the only injury absentee as he continues his recovery from a second Achilles operation which will keep him out until 2019. Striker Jamie Proctor, who has not played since August last year, is nearing a return and could be involved on the bench.

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Ipswich could hand debuts to Toto Nsiala, Jon Nolan and Kayden Jackson following their moves to Portman Road this week. Nsiala and Nolan joined from Shrewsbury while Jackson, who Rotherham bid for earlier in the summer, signed from Accrington for a fee over £1million.

Boss Paul Hurst, who played 494 times for the Millers, has no fresh injuries. Teddy Bishop, Emyr Huws and Danny Rowe have all returned to training after injuries but the game at the New York Stadium will come too soon.

Brentford 5-1 Rotherham

Brentford 5-1 Rotherham

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Rotherham have lost just one of their last five Championship matches against Ipswich (W3 D1).

During the 2016-17 Championship season – in which Rotherham were relegated with 23 points – Ipswich were the only team who failed to beat the Millers (D1 L1).

Rotherham have won their opening home league match of the season in eight of their last 11 campaigns (D2 L1), with their only defeat coming at the hands of MK Dons in 2015-16, losing 4-1.

Ipswich boss Paul Hurst – who made 438 league appearances for Rotherham, the second-most in their history – faced them three times last season as Shrewsbury manager, winning one but losing two, including the League One play-off final.

Rotherham conceded five goals in their opening league match against Brentford, a 1-5 defeat – they’d only conceded five goals in their previous eight matches in all competitions before that meeting.

Three of Ipswich’s last six Championship goals have been scored in the 90th minute – two against Reading in April 2018 and one in the first match of this season against Blackburn.

Ipswich 2-2 Blackburn

Ipswich 2-2 Blackburn

Prutton’s prediction

Paul Hurst just can’t get away from his old club! His Shrewsbury side were beaten by Rotherham in the play-off final last season and now his first trip of the campaign with Ipswich is to the New York Stadium.

Rotherham had a dreadful opening day at Brentford last week but the good thing is they can only get better from here! This should be closer than their game at Griffin Park but I reckon Ipswich will edge this one.

David Prutton predicts: 1-2 (10/1 with Sky Bet)

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