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The League One clash at Crown Oil Arena on Saturday will see home side Rochdale lock horns with Doncaster Rovers.
Our full set of predictions, statistics and match poll for Rochdale v Doncaster Rovers can be seen below - along with the latest match odds.
Rochdale will play in this match coming off the back of a 3-3 League One stalemate vs AFC Wimbledon.
For Rochdale, the goalscorers were Jake Beesley (41'), Gabe Osho (57') and Jimmy Keohane (73'). Jack Rudoni (61'), Ollie Palmer (66') and Joe Pigott (90') scored for AFC Wimbledon.
It’s not been often in recent times where Rochdale have kept a clean sheet. The facts show that The Dale have failed to prevent opponents from scoring in 5 of their previous 6 matches, shipping 7 goals during that time. That sort of pattern won’t necessarily follow through into this next game, however.
Taking a look at their past results, Rochdale:
- have not beaten Doncaster Rovers in their last 6 league matches.
- are unbeaten in their previous 5 league matches at home.
In their previous fixture, Doncaster Rovers drew 2-2 in the League One tie with Peterborough United.
For Doncaster Rovers, goals were scored by Fejiri Okenabirhie (38') and Taylor Richards (59'). Joe Ward (10') and Sammie Szmodics (24') scored for Peterborough United.
Looking at their form, and Doncaster Rovers have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 matches, with opponents netting 12 goals in all. In defence, The Rovers have been far from perfect.
Coming into this clash, Doncaster Rovers remain undefeated by Rochdale in away games against them for the last 2 league games.
Head to head
A look at their past head to head clashes stretching back to 06/01/2018 tells us that Rochdale have won 1 of these games and Doncaster Rovers 3, with the tally of drawn matches being 2.
16 goals were scored between them in this period, with 5 of them from The Dale and 11 created by The Rovers. That is an average goals per game value of 2.67.
The last league clash featuring these sides was League One match day 23 on 19/01/2021 which finished with the scoreline of Doncaster Rovers 1-0 Rochdale.
The match was refereed by Seb Stockbridge.
Team News: Rochdale
Rochdale manager Brian Barry-Murphy will be thankful to have no fitness worries whatsoever coming into this game owing to a completely injury-free group available to choose from.
Team News: Doncaster Rovers
From a largely available squad, there’s only the one fitness problem for the Doncaster Rovers boss Andy Butler to be concerned with. Jon Taylor (Ankle Injury) won’t be playing here.
In our view, Doncaster Rovers should be able to score against this Rochdale team, but that is unlikely to be enough to prevent defeat.
Our tip is for a 2-1 advantage for Rochdale at the end of this one. It’s a very tough call.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Crown Oil Arena (10,249)
Captain: Eoghan O'Connell
Chairman: Andrew Kilpatrick
Manager: Brian Barry-Murphy
Competitions: League One position 22
🔑 Star Man: Matty Lund
Mostly played in the Centre Midfield position, Matty Lund was born in Manchester, England. After making a first senior appearance for Hereford United in the 2010 - 2011 season, the dangerous Midfielder has scored 11 league goals in the League One 2020 - 2021 campaign to date in a total of 30 appearances.