Rotheram is coming to this EFL Cup clash with positive thoughts, as they met the expectations in their last League One fixture on the road against Cheltenham and recorded a routine 0:2 victory.
They were visibly more aggressive from the start, controlling the ball movement and being more concrete, proving that they are one of the favorites to promote back to the Championship.
The guests improved their sharpness at the finishing during the second and with two goals scored over Grigg and Edmonds-Green, deservedly took all three in this encounter.
Defenders Mattock (5/0) and MacDonald (no performances) remain out injured, as well as midfielder Lindsay (9/0). Rotation is expected just as with most of the teams in this competition.
Scunthorpe is visibly struggling lately with their performances in League Two, as they lost four of their five previous encounters, suffering another defeat in their last away appearance against Newport with a convincing 3:0 result.
They conceded early in the 6th, appearing to passively during the first part, and even though they slightly improved their play in the second, the hosts were simply more creative with the ball, adding two more to the scoreline in the 69th and the 84th, easily outplaying the visitors despite not being that dominant over the field.
The guests keep missing midfielders Kenyon (2/0), Pugh (6/0), O’Neill (4/0), goalkeeper Billson (1/0). Defenders Davis (7/0), Thompson (7/0), and forward Bunn (5/0) probably won’t be risked either. Rotation is expected as well.
Too much of a quality gap
Rotheram is currently competing in a more quality league compared to their opponents, and honestly, is a better squad in every aspect. The guests are simply appearing too poorly this season to be considered as a fully competitive side, and even though they both will rotate for this one, there’s still way more quality with the hosts, one way or the other.