A 1-1, first leg stalemate at Deepdale means Rotherham are in the driving seat in their League One play-off semi-final with Preston according to bookmakers, Stan James making the Millers odds-on at 4/6 to get to Wembley and Skybet pricing North End at 11/8 to be the team that stays in the promotion hunt.
Aided by home advantage, Steve Evans’s men are Ladbrokes’s 13/10 favourites to come out on top in normal time to secure their place in the final while the visitors are a 12/5 chance with BetVictor and it’s also 12/5, this time via bet365, for the tie to require extra time.
Following the inconclusive opening encounter that stalemate quote is set to attract cash, especially as both league encounters were all square, and many punters are unlikely to rule out another 1-1 scoreline, available on this occasion at 13/2 (BetVictor).
Nevertheless, buoyed by the fact that they were the better side in the first leg and were only pegged back by Joe Garner’s wonder-strike, Rotherham will surely fancy their chances and in what looks certain to be a tight, tense affair, they’re 3/1 courtesy of Paddy Power to emerge victorious by a one-goal margin on the night.
More specifically, Ladbrokes offer 9/1 about the Millers shading it 1-0, as they almost did last Saturday, Evans’s troops can be backed at 11/4 with betway to be in possession of a lead at the end of each half and they’re identically priced, this time at Stan James, to prevail ‘to nil’.
Rotherham to beat Preston 1-0 – 9/1 (Ladbrokes)