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Leeds v Rotherham: Four things to look out for

Rotherham switch their attention to the FA Cup this weekend as they head to Leeds for another reunion with former boss Steve Evans.

Coming just a few weeks after their 1-0 win at Elland Road in the Championship there is less to get excited about this time around, though there are still a few sub-plots bubbling away.

Here are four things to look out for in the game.

Are Steve Evans and Neil Redfearn friends?

It was only before the game in November where Evans said that Redfearn will arrive at Elland Road his friend and leave his friend, whatever happened during the 90 minutes. But things can change quickly in football and whether things are as rosy between the two this time remains to be seen after Evans took exception to comments from Redfearn about the state of Rotherham's squad. He responded with a barbed taunt, suggesting his successor was one game from the sack while Redfearn kept his counsel. Redfearn is likely to get another warm reception from the terraces, but will it be a little more frosty from the dugout he used to occupy?

What circus awaits this time?

The aftermath to the Millers' win in November was dominated by the story of Redfearn being denied a car parking pass by his former employers. He has confirmed that there will be no similar issues this time around, but that does not mean there might not be any more high jinx from Leeds owner Massimo Cellino. There is hardly a game at Elland Road that goes by without some sort of controversy as 'Car Park gate' was followed by a fans' protest at a pie tax before Cellino tried to ban Sky Sports from entering the ground for their last game against Derby. Nothing can be ruled out with Cellino and with plenty of bad blood between him and Redfearn what on earth is next?

Restoring the magic of the FA Cup

It's official, Rotherham are rubbish in the FA Cup. With regular losses to lower-ranked teams over the last decade, the Millers have not created any magic for a very long time. They travel to West Yorkshire trying to reach the fourth round for the first time since 2002, where they beat Southampton 2-1 at Millmoor. Even under Evans, a man who built his name on two cup runs at Crawley, the Millers never got past the third round. It's ironic that he could be the man to extend that run on Saturday. But it's about time the Millers embarked on a decent run, though no one will want it at the expense of the league form.

Down to the bare bones

Whether that drought in the cup ends at Elland Road will depend largely on the side that both teams, but specifically Rotherham, put out. The Millers don't have too many options at their disposal. Leon Best, Stephen Kelly, Farrend Rawson, Lee Frecklington and Harry Toffolo are out injured. Richard Wood is cup-tied while Tony Andreu has returned to Norwich and Lewis Buxton is unable to be selected due to a contract dispute. That leaves Rotherham short and the fact that they have recalled youngster Mason Warren from a loan spell at Sheffield FC is telling. Things are so bad that even Greg Halford, Emmanuel Ledesma and Jordan Bowery might get a game! 

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