West Brom vs Rotherham Prediction: Baggies to bounce back in style

 | 9th April | 

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West Bromwich Albion looked to have had their Championship play-off spot all wrapped up by mid-March but three draws on the bounce - all against sides in the bottom 12 - has injected some jeopardy into their top-six race. They couldn't handpick a better opponent for their next game though, with already-relegated Rotherham United set to visit The Hawthorns on Wednesday night (KO, 20:00), live on Sky Sports Red Button.

The Millers' fate was sealed with a 1-0 home defeat to Plymouth Argyle last Friday, and they arrive into this match a mammoth 46 points behind their hosts. Below is our West Brom vs Rotherham prediction alongside all the latest team news and match odds.

West Brom vs Rotherham Betting Tips

  • West Brom (-1) half-time handicap @ 3/1
  • #PickYourPunt - West Brom to win by 3+, BTTS - NO & West Brom over 5.5 corners @ 7/2

A 1-1 draw for West Brom at Millwall, followed by a couple of 2-2's with Watford (H) and Stoke City (A), has offered hope for the likes of Coventry City, Middlesbrough and Hull City that there could be two, rather than one, play-off places still up for grabs.

Carlos Corberan's side are still fifth but are only two points ahead of sixth-placed Norwich City, while Coventry would close the gap to three points if they won their game in hand.

Three of Albion's remaining five matches do take place at The Hawthorns though, and despite their inability to take all three points in recent weeks, they are now nine games unbeaten.

It would be a real surprise if they didn't manage to secure victory on Wednesday, with Rotherham failing to win away from home in the Championship after 20 attempts so far. They've collected just four points and have lost their last six on the road, failing to score in four of them.

The Millers also failed to fire in the reverse fixture between these clubs in December, when WBA walked away from the Aesseal New York Stadium with a 2-0 win courtesy of second-half strikes from Grady Diangana and Jed Wallace.

Team News

Daryl Dike, Jayson Molumby and Josh Maja are long-term injury absentees for West Brom, but Matt Phillips made another appearance on his return from injury on Saturday and is pushing for a first start since December 2.

Rotherham's injury list for this fixture includes former Albion forward Jordan Hugill, and his absence in midweek will be welcomed by the home crowd after he struck twice against his old side in a 3-1 win for Rotherham last season.

There could be a familiar face in the Millers defence though, with Lee Peltier - who spent the 2020/21 campaign with the Baggies - looking to make back-to-back starts.

Match Odds

West Brom are huge favourites at 2/9, giving them an implied win probability of 81.8%, while the visitors can be backed at 10/1 - or a 9.1% chance - to break their awayday hoodo.

The draw is available at 4/1, both teams to score is 11/8 and over 2.5 goals is 8/11.

West Brom (-1) half-time handicap @ 3/1

Rotherham have been abysmal on the road all season, but they've somehow managed to take their away showings to new lows since the start of February. They've lost all six games beginning with a 3-0 defeat at Leeds United, which is one of two games where they've not been losing by at least two goals at half-time.

The Millers were 3-1 down after the first 45 minutes at Ipswich Town on February 20 and 4-0 down at the interval at both Coventry (March 5) and Norwich (March 9), before all goals in their 3-0 defeat at Preston North End (March 29) came in the opening half.

Meanwhile, West Brom have made a few fast starts at The Hawthorns in 2024, entering into a 3-0 lead at the halfway stage of their FA Cup third-round tie with Aldershot on January 7 and taking 3-0 and 2-0 leads into half-time against both Blackburn Rovers (January 13) and Coventry (March 1) respectively.

I'd expect Albion to put their opponents under the cosh from the very beginning as they look to put the disappointment of Saturday's stalemate behind them.

#PickYourPunt - West Brom to win by 3+, BTTS - NO & West Brom over 5.5 corners @ 7/2

The previous selection has Albion to be at least two goals up at half-time, so it makes sense to back them to also win by three goals as I don't see Rotherham having any motivation to mount a comeback.

The Millers have lost all of their last three away games by at least three goals and have been beaten away by that number nine times in the Championship this season.

Leam Richardson's side have also failed to score in 11 of their 20 league matches away from the Aesseal New York Stadium, while WBA have kept clean sheets in half (10/20) of their contests at The Hawthorns.

Albion will expect to dominate on Wednesday night, which should mean plenty of shots and corners. They've won 122 corners at home so far this season which averages at 6.1 per game.

Unsurprisingly, Rotherham have given up the most corners away from home in the Championship, averaging 7.2 corners conceded per game.

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