Rotherham vs Preston preview
Last Updated: 31/12/18 12:15pm
Rotherham will be without suspended pair Billy Jones and Richie Towell for their home game against Preston.
Defender Jones will sit out a one-game ban following his dismissal for two yellow-card offences in Saturday's defeat at Bristol City. Midfielder Towell will start a three-match suspension after he received a straight red card for his reckless challenge on Josh Brownhill.
Defender Zac Vyner returns to contention after he was ineligible to face his parent club at the weekend, but striker Jamie Proctor remains doubtful.
Preston boss Alex Neil will be forced to name another depleted squad due to injuries and suspension. Midfielder Alan Browne and defender Ben Davies are still major doubts after missing Saturday's home draw against Aston Villa due to hamstring injuries.
Defender Ben Pearson sits out the third game of his four-match ban, while Josh Earl (thigh), Brandon Barker, Sean Maguire and Louis Moult (all hamstring) are still unavailable. Forwards Callum Robinson (hamstring) and Billy Bodin (knee), plus midfielder Josh Harrop (knee) remain long-term absentees.
Excluding play-offs, Rotherham United are winless in their last nine league games against Preston (D5 L4) since a 1-0 win in March 2004.
Preston won 3-1 on their last away league visit to Rotherham in November 2016. They have never won back-to-back away league matches versus the Millers.
Rotherham haven't lost consecutive home league games since November 2017.
In the second tier, Preston have lost their last six away matches on New Year's Day; their last such win at this level on January 1st came in 1913 against Glossop.
Rotherham have lost their first league match of the calendar year in four of the last five years (D1) since a 2-1 win at Rochdale in 2013.
Preston have lost only one of their last 11 league matches played on Tuesday (W6 D4), a 0-3 reverse at Leeds in September 2018.
David Prutton predicts: 2-2 (14/1 with Sky Bet)