Scunthorpe v Rotherham preview: League One play-off semi-final first leg live on Sky Sports Football
Last Updated: 12/05/18 1:10pm
Scunthorpe have a clean bill of health for their Sky Bet League One play-off semi-final first-leg clash with Rotherham on Saturday.
Caretaker boss Nick Daws has reported that his squad is injury free after a good week of training. Sam Mantom is back with the club after his loan spell at Southend but is ineligible.
Daws is expected to recall his main stars after resting a number of players for the regular season-ending draw with Bradford last week.
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Rotherham are also boasting a fully-fit squad. The Millers rested Joe Newell last week as he was carrying a groin injury, but he will return to the squad for the trip to Glanford Park.
That means boss Paul Warne has a number of decisions to make in his team selection, with Ben Purrington and Joe Mattock battling it out for the left-back spot. The Millers beat Scunthorpe twice in the regular season, including a 2-0 win at Glanford Park in February.
Rotherham won both league games against Scunthorpe this season, 2-0 at home and 2-1 at Glanford Park - their first league double since 1983-84.
In fact, that loss at Glanford Park was the Iron's first in seven home games against the Millers, after a six-game unbeaten run in the league (W3 D3).
Rotherham finished fourth in League One this season. The team that has finished fourth has gone on to reach the play-off final in six of the last seven League One seasons, winning it on four occasions in this run.
In contrast, the team that finished fifth haven't won promotion via the play-offs since Barnsley in 2006 when they beat Swansea on penalties.
Hakeeb Adelakun provided 11 assists during the League One 2017-18 season; only Graham Carey (12), Jack Payne (12), Stephen McLaughlin (13) and Marcus Maddison (16) recorded more.
Michael Smith has scored six league goals for Rotherham since joining in January, more than any other Millers player in that period.
Scunthorpe are in their third Football League play-off campaign in the third tier. The Iron lost out in 2017 to Millwall at the semi-final stage, although in 2009 they beat the Lions 3-2 in the final at Wembley.
Rotherham's only previous play-off appearance in the third tier was in 2014, beating Leyton Orient 4-3 on penalties to reach the Championship.
Rotherham have been in a bit of a strange position in recent weeks. They've pretty much been guaranteed fourth for a while now and it will be interesting to see what kind of momentum they're carrying into this game.
Scunthorpe have ended the season on a fantastic run of form, winning four games to guarantee their spot in the top six before drawing with Bradford on the final day of the season. This will be a tense affair (as they all will!), but I feel like Rotherham have the quality to edge this one and gain the advantage in the tie.
David Prutton predicts: 0-1 (15/2 with Sky Bet)