Rotherham: Collin, Arnason, O’Connor, Skarz, Tavernier, Frecklington, Milsom, Adams, Pringle, Thomas, Revell.
The Millers have several selection headaches before the second leg of their League One playoff.
Full-back Richard Brindley (hamstring) and midfielder Lee Frecklington (knee) were both forced off in the first leg, while forward Kieran Agard missed that match with a hamstring problem, and he remains a major doubt for the match on Thursday.
Middlesborough loanee Richie Smallwood is back from a ban.
Preston: Rudd, Wiseman, Laird, Clarke, Brown, Holmes, Welsh, King, Gallagher, Garner, Beavon.
Neil Kilkenny, who missed the 1-1 draw at Deepdale, remains the only injury concern for North End.
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The first leg of the League One playoff semifinal between these sides was lit up by a wonder-strike from Preston top scorer Joe Garner, who cancelled out Alex Revell’s first half opener for Rotherham.
Preston will be hoping Garner’s golazo didn’t use up all their luck in the semifinal, as the visitors know they will need to become the first team to with at Rotherham since New Year’s Day if they are to reach Wembley.
Rotherham, who finished the season in 4th, are the pre-game favourites having won seven of their last 11 unbeaten matches at home. However Preston will be buoyed in the knowledge that the side’s three matches this season have all ended in draws.
That said, it feels like momentum is slipping away from Preston.
North End have failed to win promotion in their last eight attempts in the playoffs, whilst failure to win their home match has left them in a precarious position against a Rotherham side who usually find the back of the net.
101GG Predicts: Rotherham 2 – Preston 1
Some essential stats to help with online betting
Preston are unbeaten in the last five meetings with the Millers (W2, D3). Rotherham last beat Preston with a 1-0 home win in the old Division One in March 2004.
Rotherham scored 86 goals in League One this season – only champions Wolves scored more.
Preston’s Paul Gallacher has scored four goals in his last four outings.
Rotherham’s Kieron Agard has scored four goals in his last three outings.
Preston have failed to win in their last five away games, drawing two and losing three.