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The League Two game at Sixfields Stadium on Saturday will see home side Northampton Town take to the field against opponents Rochdale.
Our tips, poll and stats for Northampton Town v Rochdale can all be found here (plus the best game odds).
Northampton Town fans will want a repeat of their previous result, being the 0-2 League Two success versus AFC Wimbledon.
The only player to score from Northampton Town was Jon Guthrie (27'). Ryley Towler (69' Own goal) was the scorer for AFC Wimbledon.
It’s been a rare occasion in recent games where Northampton Town have managed to hold out for a full 90 minutes. The facts show that Northampton Town have seen their defence breached in 5 of their previous 6 games, giving up 12 goals during that time.
Ahead of this clash, Northampton Town have left without a victory over Rochdale in their last 10 matches in the league.
Since being defeated in their last game at the hands of Leyton Orient in League Two action, Rochdale and their travelling fans will hope for a better result here.
George Moncur (35') scored for Leyton Orient.
Looking at their form, and Rochdale have been scored against in 6 of their last 6 matches, with opponents netting 14 goals in total. In defence, Rochdale certainly have room for improvement. That kind of pattern won’t necessarily follow through into this match, however.
Their previous form shows that Rochdale:
- have not lost to Northampton Town when they have played them away from home in the previous 5 matches in the league. Away fans have certainly had plenty to cheer about.
- are without a win away from home in their last 4 league matches.
Head to head
Looking at their past head to head meetings dating back to 17/10/2017 shows that Northampton Town have won 0 of them and Rochdale 3, with the number of drawn matches being 3.
12 goals were yielded between them during those clashes, with 4 for The Cobblers and 8 being from The Dale. That is an average goals per game value of 2.
The previous league fixture featuring the two was League Two match day 34 on 26/02/2022 when it finished Rochdale 1-0 Northampton Town.
The referee was Ollie Yates.
Team News: Northampton Town
The Northampton Town boss Jon Brady will be thankful to have no fitness concerns to speak of coming into this game owing to a completely injury-free group ready to go.
In our view, The Cobblers could go for a 4-4-2 system for this game featuring Lee Burge, Tyler Magloire, John Guthrie, Sam Sherring, Ali Koiki, Sam Hoskins, Marc Leonard, Jack Sowerby, Mitchell Pinnock, Kieron Bowie and Louis Appere.
Team News: Rochdale
Owing to a completely injury-free squad available to choose from, the Rochdale manager Jim Bentley has zero fitness worries to report coming into this clash.
We believe The Dale appear most likely to elect for a 3-4-3 system by sending out Richard O'Donnell, Ben Nelson, Sam Graham, Aidan White, Jimmy Keohane, Ethan Brierley, Toumani Diagouraga, Abraham Odoh, Jimmy Ball, Scott Quigley and Devante Rodney.
We believe that Rochdale could find themselves up against it to break down this Northampton Town lineup who we think will manage to score & go ahead.
Therefore, we predict a 1-0 advantage for Northampton Town when the full-time whistle blows.
There should be little in it.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Sixfields Stadium (7,798)
Captain: Jon Guthrie
Chairman: Kelvin Thomas
Manager: Jon Brady
Competitions: League Two position 5, EFL Trophy (Group H - South)
🔑 Star Man: Sam Hoskins
Customarily taking to the field in the Striker position, Sam Hoskins was born in Dorchester, England. Having made his senior debut playing for Rotherham United in the 2011 - 2012 season, the gifted Forward has managed to score 8 league goals in the League Two 2022 - 2023 season so far from a total of 7 appearances.