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The seven fixtures which could decide Rotherham's season

Only a fool would predict how results will go in the Championship, that's what makes it one of the best leagues in Europe.

And while any side can beat another on any given day, the league table has well and truly taken shape now and Rotherham are one of five teams embroiled in a relegation battle.

Boss Neil Redfearn has always said that the Millers will win games they expect to lose and lose games they expect to win - that's the nature of the division.

That may be true to an extent, but with the season entering its final third there are a number of clutch games that are likely be key to whether Rotherham can stay in the division or will succumb to relegation.

Here we have a look at seven clashes between now and the end of the campaign which could determine their fate.

Rotherham v Charlton, January 30

With the Millers' impressive home run ending against QPR at the weekend, they will be looking to get back to winning ways on their next outing at New York, which just so happens to be against a side four points worse off than them and in free-fall. It's the first of many cliched six-pointers between now and the end of the campaign and victory will not only strengthen their own position at the bottom of the table but also worsen Charlton's. A must-win?

Rotherham v Brentford, February 27

Ever get the shivers at memories of Rotherham's hellish Autumn that saw them pick up one point in seven games? Yeah, well brace yourselves because the return run of fixtures are coming and while the Millers are likely to be in a much better shape to bring a more profitable return of points, it's still going to be tough. Therefore the home clash with Brentford - a side slipping away from the play-off picture - might have to be targeted as the game where the Millers have to pick something up as a home double-header against Middlesbrough and Derby sandwiched in between trips to Sheffield Wednesday and Ipswich follow. Gulp.

Rotherham v Leeds, April 2

After fighting their way through that horror run of fixtures Rotherham then have a first New York reunion with former boss Steve Evans - if he's still in position at Leeds. A Yorkshire derby with a man who will want to beat the Millers more than anything is a tough test, but it starts the month that will undoubtedly decide their fate. It's the first game of seven in April and one that the Millers might end up needing to win.

Bristol City v Rotherham, April 5

After the Leeds clash comes the first of two monumental away games which, if things are as they are currently, are likely to have a massive bearing on who ends up in the bottom three. The Millers head to Ashton Gate on a Tuesday night for a tough encounter against a side they are only above on goal difference so far. Redfearn's men have a chronic case of travel sickness, but they will have to overcome that against a side who will be seeing the Millers as three points in waiting.

MK Dons v Rotherham, April 9

If that game at Ashton Gate was big, it is followed a few days later by a potentially humongous clash with MK Dons. That horror afternoon against the Dons in August seems such a long time ago and who hasn't caught themselves wondering how the season might have panned out had Aidy White not missed that open goal at 1-1? There's a chance for revenge at stadiummk against a side who are also fighting for their lives. We're likely to be in distinct must-not-lose territory here.

Rotherham v Huddersfield, April 19

The Millers bring their home Yorkshire derbies to a close with the visit of Huddersfield and revenge should be on the agenda after their no-show in the reverse fixture before Christmas. Although pulling away from danger in recent weeks, the Terriers are still likely to be beatable opposition for the Millers in their penultimate game at New York Stadium.

Rotherham v Blackburn, April 30

The curtain comes down on the Millers' 2015-16 home campaign with a clash against Blackburn and the hope is that they will have looked after their business by then. However, the chances are that their fate might not be decided and on paper the visit of Rovers could be quite favourable. They are unlikely to be drawn into danger, yet have no chance of going up so there's the hope that they will be 'on the beach'. If the Millers' fate is not decided then they really should be targeting this game to get it sorted as they close the season with a first-ever league trip to the KC Stadium where Hull just might need to win to seal promotion.

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