Our prediction for this EFL Cup match:
Manchester United could not have wished for a better chance to make amends for a 2-0 loss to West Ham United as the English giants host Rochdale at their Old Trafford in the League Cup last 32. The Red Devils are eager to start a new winning run and despite the fact that coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is likely to mix the squad against the League One side, we are tempted to put our money on the Premier League side.
Seeing that key midfielder Paul Pogba remains in the recovery room, Serbia international Nemanja Matic is likely to keep his place in the starting XI. The Dale, on the other hand, have been struggling in the new League One campaign, with the team sitting in 17th place in the standings after 9 rounds. Brian Barry-Murphy’s troops face an uphill task in Wednesday’s Carabao Cup clash and they are unlikely to spoil the Red Devils’ party at the Theatre of Dreams.
Highlighted Player (Anthony Martial):
Anthony Martial is a French football player born on the 5th of December 1995 in Lyonnais. Martial started playing for CO Les Ulis before Olympique Lyonnais picked him up. After only 1 season playing for Olympique AS Monaco signed Martial for 3 seasons. After 2 seasons Manchester United transferred Martial for 50 million euro which makes Martial the most expensive teenage football player in the world. Right after Martial’s transfer to Manchester United he made his debut for the French national team on the 4th of September 2015.
Martial is known for his speed and agility and being an easy scoring striker. Despite not having a lot of experience on the highest level of football Martial is showing to be very secure about his qualities. After the first couple of games playing for AS Monaco, Manchester United and the French national team Martial is showing to be able to handle the pressure.
Anthony Martial didn’t won any big prizes for any of the teams he played for. If the young French striker continues his current form he will be one of the biggest football players in the upcoming years.
Highlighted Team (Rochdale):
Nicknamed the Dale, Rochdale are a professional English club that compete in the League One (English third tier). Rochdale were founded back in 1907, after World War I, with the team beating Accrington Stanley 6-3 in their first league game 14 years later.
The Dale wear blue shirts with black stripes and blue shorts when playing at home, whilst gray is the dominant colour of their away kit. Spotland Stadium is the club’s home ground, with the venue holding no more than 10,249 spectators. Bury and Oldham Athletic are considered the club’s fiercest rivals, but they have built up rivalries with the likes of Halifax Town, Burnley, Stockport County, Wigan Athletic and Accrington Stanley as well.
Back in 1962 Rochdale made it to the Football League Cup final, with the team facing Norwich City in the title game. The Canaries proved to be a big catch for the Dale, but this is still considered the club’s biggest success. It has to be noted that the Spotland Stadium outfit have three Lancashire Cup titles as well (1948/1949, 1970/1971, 2004/2005).