Rotherham United vs Watford preview: How to watch, team news, kick-off time, predicted lineups and ones to watch
 Matthew Olosunde of Rotherham United is put under pressure by Ken Sema of Watford during the Sky Bet Championship match between Watford and Rotherham United at Vicarage Road on December 08, 2020 in Watford, England. A limited number of fans are welcomed back to stadiums to watch elite football across England. This was following easing of restrictions on spectators in tiers one and two areas only. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Watford will be looking to strengthen their grip on second place in the Sky Bet Championship when they travel to face relegation strugglers Rotherham United on Tuesday night. 

The Millers haven't played since their 2-1 win over local rivals Sheffield Wednesday on March 3rd due to a Covid-19 outbreak amongst the squad. Paul Warne's side now sit 22nd, three points adrift of Birmingham City but do have four games in hand on the Blues

Despite returning to playing this week, Millers boss Warne will not be in charge as he continues to self-isolate leaving assistant Richie Barker in temporary charge. 

Meanwhile, Watford come into this game off the back of a hard-fought 2-1 win at in-form Cardiff City. A late Adam Masina free-kick sealed the points for the Hornets as they made it three wins in a row. 

Team news

Michael Smith is available for the home side after his red card was overturned and looks set to partner Freddie Ladapo up top.

Rotherham have a mini defensive crisis, with Richard Wood, Joe Mattock and Clark Robertson all out injured. 

The Millers will also be without Chiedozie Ogbene and Jamie Lindsay, with the midfield duo still struggling with match fitness. 

Xisco Munoz could name an unchanged starting XI for the trip to Yorkshire on Tuesday night.

Injures to Christian Kabasele, Tom Cleverley, Tom Dele-Bashiru, Troy Deeney and Dan Gosling makes the Spaniard's team selection a little more straightforward.  

Predicted lineups

Rotherham United (4-3-2-1): 

Johansson; Olosunde, Harding, MacDonald, Giles, Wing, Wiles, Barlaser, Crooks, Ladapo, Smith. 

Watford (4-1-4-1): 

Bachmann; Femenia, Sierralta, Troost-Ekong, Masina, Chalobah, Sarr, Zinckernagel, Hughes, Sema, Pedro. 

Ones to watch

Matt Crooks - Rotherham United 

The 27-year-old has had a season of transition. Last season, he primarily played as a defensive midfielder but this year he has been deployed as an attacking midfielder and sometimes as a secondary striker. The Englishman has taken to his new role brilliantly with six goals and three assists in his 29 league outings this season. 

Crooks has the ability to split open the opposition defence with one pass, and this is something Nathaniel Chalobah will have to monitor throughout the 90 minutes on Tuesday night. 

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Joao Pedro - Watford

Despite this being his first full season in English football, Joao Pedro has excelled and got Watford fans excited for the future. At the age of just 19, Pedro has grabbed himself nine league goals in his 29 appearances this season. 

The Brazilian is starting to show composure well beyond his years. A few months back, he would have been erratic in front of goal and squander many opportunities, but now he is starting to become deadly and is a real threat to the Millers backline. 

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Previous meetings

The last meeting between the sides was at Vicarage Road back in December, with the Hornets running out 2-0 winners thanks to goals from Kabasele and Deeney. 

The last meeting between the sides at the New York Stadium came back in 2014, where Watford again won by two goals to nil thanks to Lloyd Dyer and Gianni Munari 

Last time out... 

How to watch

Due to the current national lockdown, no fans will be in attendance at the New York Stadium. This means the game is available on iFollow through Rotherham and Watford's respective club websites, with passes being priced at £10. 

The game also available on Sky Sports Football through the red button.

The game kicks off at 19:00 GMT on Tuesday 16 March 2021.

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