Rotherham vs Bolton Predictions

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Rotherham
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After a reasonably underwhelming start to the new campaign, the hosts will be hoping to get the better of bottom-of-the-league Bolton. The visitors, who’ll take to the pitch for the first time since the much-needed takeover, will be hoping that life under the stewardship of Keith Hill gets off to a positive start.

It’s been a bit of a shaky start for Rotherham, who’re looking to repeat their 17/18 antics of bouncing back to the Championship at the first time of asking. Paul Warne’s men certainly haven’t struggled, but they’re yet to really stamp their authority, having won two, lost two and drawn two.

Going forward, Rotherham have been a bit tame, scoring an average of a goal per game and averaging 1.33 expected goals for, though they’ve not given a tremendous amount away, conceding just one more than they’ve scored. Warne’s men have also surrendered a respectable average of 1.03 expected goals, which tells us that teams haven’t found it overly easy to cut out scoring opportunities against the Millers.

Bolton begin a new chapter on Saturday. Little more than a week ago, they were on the brink of expulsion, but thanks to a last-minute buyout, the club remain in the Football League. Rebuilding has begun; new boss Keith Hill has brought in some much-needed experience by adding players such as Daryl Murphy, Ali Crawford, Joe Bunney, Liam Bridcutt and Chris O’Grady, who between them have a wealth of Football League nous.

Before they’ve even stepped back on the pitch, what with the takeover, the new manager and cluster of new signings, Bolton have made forward strides, but they’re still in a dismal position. As they sit on -11 points, the Trotters will be playing with League Two in mind, as they’ll almost certainly be playing in the fourth-tier next season, which is undoubtedly better than being expelled from the professional game.

As far as this game is concerned, the hosts are hard to overlook. Under Hill, who has won two promotions as a manager and who before his time at Rochdale turned sour, was no stranger to doing well at this level, with new players, the Trotters will be far more competitive, though they’ve not had long to get things together and are likely to need time. That said, having brought in lots of experience, the visitors ought to be capable of avoiding the sort of hiding that they received numerous times before the takeover.

To be completely honest, given that we’ve only seen a depleted Bolton side full of youngsters this term, this game isn’t the most appealing from a betting point of view. Those looking to get involved can try ‘Rotherham to Win & Under 3.5 Goals’. For the most part, the Millers have looked tidy at both ends of the pitch, but their overall efforts don’t exactly point towards them blowing the opposition away.

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