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Nic Ladds 21st Feb 2010 - 18:54

The taming of the Shrews

This League Two encounter might not look like the most enthralling prospect, but on a quiet Monday night, what else are you going to watch? These two sides sit next to each other in the play-off places but Rotherham have three games in hand over Shrewsbury.  If either team still aspires to one of the automatic promotion places then a win here is vital.

Rotherham (19/20) should have enough to win this match but their home form is inconsistent at best with too many draws. In their last home match they conceded a late equaliser to lowly Torquay in what was their sixth home draw of the season.

Shrewsbury (3/1) come in to the match on the back of a 1-0 away defeat at promotion rivals Bury but they will still fancy their chances here. They won this season's reverse fixture 2-0 so they definitely have the quality to beat their opponents.

Rotherham lost Gavin Gunning to a head injury in their previous match but are hopeful the talismanic defender will be fit enough for this match. One person who will sit out is Gary Roberts; the young midfielder is serving a ban after he was sent off in the last match.

Shrewsbury manager Paul Simpson has admitted he will look at his team selection for this match with two in such quick succession. "We'll now have a look at for Monday night and see if we need fresh legs or need to change it around" he said after the Bury match.

Both teams have a main man up front that scores the goals but if you are looking for a first scorer bet to keep you interested then look no further than Adam Le Fondre. The Rotherham striker is the league's second top scorer with a massive 19 goals to his name and is 9/2 to break the deadlock first.

If you think a Shrewsbury man can get it then surely Dave Hibbert is the man to look at. The ex-Preston forward is the Shrews' top scorer with 13 and is 6/1 to score first.

Another big threat is Salop's loan signing Jamie Cureton; he has just arrived from Norwich and should be a big menace at this level. If you think he can get his Shrewsbury career off to a good start you can get 7/2 on him to get the first goal.

The quality might not be the best but this does have the potential to be a decent game. Both sides are amongst the league's top scorers so there's every chance of goals.

If you want a bit more value on Rotherham I would be tempted to back Adam Le Fondre to score at anytime and Rotherham to win at 15/8.

I think as long as the Millers can see the game off early they will win it but with their habit of drawing at home - the fans won't want to see a one goal lead thrown away in the latter stages of the match. I think they will want to pull away early - the 2-0 scoreline looks good at 7/1.



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