Crewe suffered their 15th league defeat of the campaign when they were beaten 1-0 away at Cambridge United last weekend, with Adam May scoring the only goal of the game three minutes before half time.
The Railwaymen have been in the relegation zone since the second gameweek of the season back in August, and they are currently six points adrift from safety, with AFC Wimbledon in 21st also having a game in hand.
Head coach David Artell, who was born in Rotherham and who began his playing career with the Millers between 1998 and 2003, will be familiar with Saturday’s opponents but hopes of getting one over his former side are seemingly slim, given the gulf in class between the two teams.
Crewe have won just one of their last 11 meetings with Rotherham across all competitions, a 2-1 win on home soil in the FA Cup back in November 2017.
Rotherham followed up last weekend’s 1-0 league win against Cheltenham Town with a 7-6 victory on penalties against Cambridge, after a 1-1 draw in 90 minutes, to reach the EFL Trophy semi-finals.
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Wes Harding’s ninth-minute opener was cancelled out by Paul Digby five minutes before half time, and after a goalless second half, the tie was forced to penalties which saw goalkeeper Viktor Johansson save the only spot-kick in sudden death to help the Millers edge one step closer to Wembley.
Paul Warne’s men will now turn their attention to League One as they aim to climb back to the top of the table ahead of title rivals Wigan Athletic and Sunderland with a victory.
Rotherham do, however, head into Saturday’s contest after losing their last two away matches in the league by 1-0 scorelines against Accrington Stanley and Fleetwood Town.