Cardiff City vs Rotherham United preview: How to watch, kick-off time, team news, predicted lineups and ones to watch
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Rotherham United head to Cardiff City on Saturday needing a win to have any chance of avoiding relegation to League One.

The Millers sit 22nd going into the final weekend of the season and are winless in their last seven outings.

Paul Warne's side will be heavily reliant on the outcome at Pride Park between 21st placed Derby County and 23rd placed Sheffield Wednesday

The Rams are two points above Rotherham and know victory would secure their survival no matter what. For the Owls, three points would keep them up if the Millers fail to win.

Cardiff will be looking to finish the season strongly despite their chances of a play-off spot ending in recent weeks. The Bluebirds won 4-0 at Birmingham City last weekend and are eighth, with the possibility of finishing seventh should they win and Reading drop points.

  • Team news

The Bluebirds will still be missing captain Sean MorrisonJunior Hoilett and Max Watters through injury. Mick McCarthy will also be without the suspended Will Vaulks. Top scorer Kieffer Moore should be available after recovering from the Achilles injury he sustained at St Andrew's.

Rotherham will be without George Hirst after he pulled his hamstring against Blackburn Rovers last week. 

  • Predicted lineups

Cardiff City

Phillips; Pack, Flint, Nelson; Ng, Bacuna, Ralls, Brown; Colwill, Wilson; Moore.

Rotherham United

Blackman; Ihiekwe, Wood, A. MacDonald; Olosunde, Barlaser, Wiles, Wing, Giles; Crooks, Smith.

  • Ones to watch

Harry Wilson is the player to watch for Cardiff. The Liverpool loanee scored a stunning hat-trick in the win at Birmingham and has 18 goal contributions this season, netting seven and assisting 11. He spent the 2018/19 season on loan at Derby and could play a role in helping them avoid the drop.

Top scorer Michael Smith is Rotherham's one to watch. The 29-year-old has achieved his best goal return at Championship level this season with 10 and has three assists. He will be hoping to find the net again on Saturday to give his side the chance of survival.

  • Previous meetings

The Bluebirds won 2-1 when the sides met in February, with Joe Bennett scoring the winner in the 85th minute.

Rotherham have the better head to head record in this fixture but have only won once in their last 11 visits to the Welsh capital.

  • How to watch

The match starts at 12:30 BST and is available to watch via Cardiff City TV or Rotherham's iFollow, with passes costing £10.

  • What the managers have said

Mick McCarthy via cardiffcity.co.uk:

“Having their Championship status riding on this game is a huge thing and they’ve managed to get themselves into that position.

“I know they had lots of games in hand, but then they still had to play six or seven games in two weeks. They’ve given themselves a chance. I watched their games against Brentford and Luton the other night where they played well and they are fighting tooth and nail, so yes: there is something riding on this one.

“Paul Warne’s teams give everything anyway, just like us. We’re not going out to show everybody how to play a wonderful game of football – we’re going out to win it.

“Warney’s teams have been great and I really like Paul. But as much as I like him, we’ll go tooth and nail to win the game as well.”

Paul Warne via themillers.co.uk

“Which ever team they put out will be a formidable opponent for us, so we just have to be at our very best and try and keep ourselves in this league, which would be amazing.

 “Professional people don’t ever come into a game thinking they don’t want to win, it is not how we are built.

“We’re built to fight every day in training and for every game. You want to win at everything. Mick McCarthy will not want to lose his final game of the season and go into pre-season with a defeat and nor will the players.”

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