Mitchell Whiley focuses on the football for our final league match proper of the season.
After a rollercoaster season full of highs and lows, we look ahead to the final game of the regular season as City host a rejuvenated Rotherham United. With the top seed on the line coming in to the playoff semi-final against Derby County, City must find the form that got them into the top four in the beginning.
After an embarrassing loss last time out to bottom-placed Bolton, Steve Bruce is expected to make numerous changes to his side as he looks to find some form before the huge couple of matches against Derby. With no fresh injuries, the only concerns are over Nick Powell and David Meyler, who look most likely to miss the match. Player of the season Abel Hernandez looks set to make his return to the side up front, but Bruce is set to have a stressful day picking an eleven to send out. Prior to the Bolton loss, City dominated in-form Brentford after clinching a single point against Leeds the match before. Consistency is, evidently, nowhere to be seen, but that is what the Tigers will be searching for before the playoffs commence.
The evergreen Neil Warnock has worked wonders are Rotherham United since joining the club. Although having lost last time out to Blackburn, that is the only defeat for the Millers in the last twelve matches, including six wins. With Danny Ward and Jerome Thomas both returning from injury on to the bench last time out, only Joe Newell and Lloyd Doyley remain out. Looking at the attack of Rotherham, Matt Derbyshire has netted eight times Jonson Clarke-Harris has netted six, whilst the previously mentioned Danny Ward has assisted eight times. However, the main obstacle to City claiming maximum points is in goal, with keeper Lee Camp being named Rotherham’s player of the season midweek. Having conceded nearly triple the amount of goals away from home than the Tigers have at home, he will need to be in his finest form.
Last time out, Lee Frecklington opened the scoring with a penalty in the first half before Joe Newell doubled the lead just before the hour mark, as Rotherham went on to win 2-0. Throughout history, the South Yorkshire club also hold the edge, winning twenty-six of the meetings between the two, whilst City have won twenty-four and the points shared eighteen times.
Prediction: With so much focus aimed at the playoffs, City won’t be going all out in this one. However with Rotherham having slipped up on this amazing run, they also won’t be claiming maximum points. Hull City 1-1 Rotherham United.