Rotherham head to the Riverside on Saturday evening as they seek to build on their solid start to their Championship campaign.
The only blot on the Millers’ copybook was a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Sunderland last month, but they are going strong, and they sit in ninth spot in the table, just a point adrift of the top-six.
There has been plenty to admire about Paul Warne’s side who have tended to yo-yo over the past couple of seasons between the second and third tiers of English football.
In stark contrast, Middlesbrough have endured a torrid start to the season, and they are just above the drop zone only by virtue of goal difference.
But will Boro bounce back? To whet your appetite ahead of kick-off, we have picked out a couple of enticing tips for you to explore.
Rotherham to come out on top in a pulsating encounter
In some ways, Rotherham have been one of the surprise packages and we’re not even a quarter of the way through the season!
They have been very fluid moving forward and their fearless brand of football means they make for compelling viewing.
Middlesbrough, on the other hand, have been very disappointing to date and Chris Wilder’s tactics were called into question against Cardiff earlier this week when they found themselves 3-0 down at half-time.
While they pulled back two late goals, it proved to be futile and they need to get their act together fast.
Rotherham will be in no mood to show any sympathy. So far, Middlesbrough have only fired blanks in one Championship fixture, but there could be a flurry of goals in this game. I am leaning towards the Match Result (Rotherham to win) and BTTS market, which is available at a rather long 10/1 with bet365 if you fancy that.
Richard Wood to get the ball rolling
Although Chiedozie Ogbene has been a handful up front, Richard Wood has been prolific for a defender by all accounts.
Wood has weighed in with four goals in the Championship which is very impressive, and he has had a knack for scoring early too – two of his strikes have arrived in the first seven minutes of games.
He has been in a rich vein of form and he could well find the target against Boro. Although I have been a bit bolder here, I quite like the look of Wood to open the scoring for Rotherham which is priced up at 22/1 with William Hill, and this may be worth exploring further.
* Betting odds correct at the time of publication. All odds are subject to changes.