Rotherham v Shrewsbury Betting Tips – 27th May 2018
The bank holiday weekend at the end of May is a chance for people all over Britain to enjoy a bit of sunshine and spend time relaxing with loved ones. Unless, that is, you support one of the teams involved in the playoff weekend at Wembley.
After Saturday’s Championship playoff comes the League One contest between Rotherham and Shrewsbury.
The bookies are struggling to separate the teams who finished third and fourth in the League One table. They also both beat each other during the regular season so we are expecting an incredibly tight affair in the North London sunshine.
90 Minutes Unlikely to be Enough
Despite finishing eight points clear of Rotherham in third place, Shrewsbury go into Sunday’s match as the slight underdogs with the bookies (they’re available at 21/10 with Betfred).
Their dynamic and impressive young manager, Paul Hurst, will relish the fact that his team are underdogs. That is, after all, the role in which they’ve been cast all season.
The Shrews went into the season as one of the favourites to be relegated into League Two so the way which they challenged Blackburn and Wigan at the top of the League One table is highly impressive. Hurst has used his contacts and time managing in non-league football to unearth some gems while his defensive organisation is top notch.
The problem Hurst has is that if Shrewsbury fail to win promotion, his talented side are sure to be picked apart by teams with more money. That adds an extra layer of pressure to the match for Shrewsbury but they’ve proven themselves to be fighters and we’re sure they’ll continue that fight at Wembley.
There is no doubt either that Rotherham will put up a real fight under their own well regarded manager, Paul Warne.
Warne is something of a hero at Rotherham for his time as a player and he cashed in on all his goodwill by remaining at the club after they were relegated from the Championship last season. In truth, everyone at the club knew that they would struggle in the second tier but they appear to be much stronger for the experience.
Rotherham were the third highest scorers in League One and created a real fortress at the New York Stadium. Warne also has a growing reputation as a tactician and will have a rock solid plan for the playoff final.
The bookies are right in their assessment of this match. Rotherham and Shrewsbury are very well matched and we think it will take more than 90 minutes so our main League One playoff final betting tip is the draw at 21/10 with Winner.
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The pressure of playing at Wembley has proven too much for Shrewsbury in the past. The Shrews have lost on each of their previous four appearances at the national stadium including in this season’s Checkatrade Trophy Final against Lincoln.
While some fans are worried about a continuation of their Wembley hoodoo, Hurst believes his players can learn from that disappointing 1-0 defeat against Lincoln. Expect them to push further forward in their search for a goal and while that will open space up for Rotherham it should ensure a return from a bet on both teams to score at 17/20 with Betway.
If you’re looking for a bigger return from your League One playoff final betting, take the 11/2 that William Hill are quoting on the 1-1 correct score.
Finally, if we have to come down in favour of either side, it’s Rotherham. They have experience of the Championship and recovered from a poor spell in the middle of the season to secure their place in the playoffs.
In a tight game, rather than simply backing Rotherham to win promotion, bet on Rotherham to win the tie on penalties at 8/1 with Paddy Power.