Huddersfield vs Rotherham predictions: Goals on the cards in Yorkshire derby
- Neither Huddersfield nor Rotherham have kept a clean sheet this season
- Both teams have scored with at least three goals in all five of Rotherham's league games this season
- Recommended Bet: Back Both Teams to Score/Over 2.5 goals
Huddersfield Town host Rotherham United at John Smith's Stadium on Saturday afternoon in a game that feels like an early-season Championship relegation tussle.
Neil Warnock dragged the Terriers out of the drop zone last May, but Town are languishing in 21st spot — one place above the safety line — five games into the new campaign.
The Millers, who sit one place higher due to a slightly superior goal difference, have had a difficult start to life back in the second tier and have also collected just four points.
But both teams won their matches just prior to the international break with Huddersfield pulling off a smash-and-grab raid at West Brom and Rotherham ending Norwich's unbeaten start to the campaign.
Warnock sprung a selection surprise at The Hawthorns by including David Kasumu at right-back, with Tom Edwards, who had started the first four league games of the season in that position, dropped from the matchday squad entirely.
The Town boss handed first starts to new signings Delano Burgzog and Ben Wiles in midfield, with both doing more than enough to ensure they remain in the starting line-up.
Defender Tom Lees (calf) and winger Sorba Thomas (knock) are set to return from injury to bring further competition for places, but both may have to settle for places on the bench.
Centre-back Loick Ayina (Achilles) and right-back Ollie Turton (ACL) remain on the Terriers' long-term casualty list.
For the Millers, manager Matt Taylor is likely to name the same team that performed so well against Norwich last time out.
Winger Shane Ferguson winger saw a specialist this week as he remains some way off making a recovery from groin and hernia problems, despite undergoing two operations over the summer.
Midfielder Hakeem Odoffin and Georgie Kelly returned to training this week following hamstring and knee problems respectively, but are not yet ready to feature again.
But Taylor says right-back Lee Peltier (calf), centre-half Grant Hall (hamstring) and midfielder Jamie Lindsay (Achilles) are close to comebacks.
Rotherham have beaten Huddersfield only twice since 1992, with the Terriers victorious in 13 of the subsequent 23 games, with eight of them drawn.
Both clubs won their respective home games against each other in the Championship last term, with Rotherham prevailing 2-1 at New York Stadium in October and Huddersfield hitting back with a 2-0 victory at John Smith's Stadium in December.
Warnock has saved both clubs from relegation into the third tier in the past, lifting the Terriers from bottom of the Championship to 18th place last season — seven years after he had pulled off a similar great escape with Rotherham.
Both clubs will be looking to win this game and maintain the momentum they got with those victoriesover promotion-chasing Norwich and West Brom earlier this month.
They have contrasting styles of play that should make for a good contest, with Huddersfield's quirky man-for-man system prone to producing chaotic games.
Rotherham have a much more structured pressing game, but defensively the Millers have been exposed by almost all of their opponents to ship a Championship-high 11 goals so far this term.
Both teams have scored in all of their league games and at least three goals have been registered in each one too, which is a trend that could well continue when they come up against a Town side who are starting to gel.
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