Our prediction for this EFL Cup match:
Rochdale welcome Huddersfield Town at their Spotland Stadium in the opening match of their Carabao Cup campaign. Following back-to-back wins over Stockport County and Atherton Collieries, the Dale suffered a 2-1 loss to Port Vale in their last warm-up game. Anyhow, Brian Barry-Murphy’s troops look sharp in front of goal ahead of the visit of Huddersfield Town. The Terriers, on the other hand, did well to secure the Championship survival in the last season finale, and they have big ambitions for the upcoming season.
Since Huddersfield Town have been scoring goals for fun in preseason, we believe that there is a big value in betting on over 2.5 goals. You should bear in mind that over 2.5 goals have been netted in each of their previous seven meetings in all competitions, which is yet another reason why a high-scoring affair is on the horizon.
Highlighted Player (Ryan McLaughlin):
Ryan McLaughlin is a Northern Ireland international who plays for Rochdale in the League One as a right-back. McLaughlin started his youth career at Glenavon back in 2009 and two years later he was spotted by Liverpool scouts, who persuaded him to join the Reds youth academy.
However, instead of playing for Liverpool at senior level, the Northern Ireland defender spent two seasons on loan at Barnsley and Aberdeen before moving to Oldham Athletic. After scoring three goals in 52 league appearances for the club, Ryan McLaughlin joined Rochdale in 2019 for an undisclosed fee.
McLaughlin made his League One debut with the Dale on January 26, 2019 in a 2-1 loss at Barnsley. Speaking of his international career, the pacey right-back made his Northern Ireland debut on May 31, 2014 in a friendly against Uruguay. It has to be noted that the Rochdale defender can be used as both left-back and right midfielder as well.
Highlighted Team (Huddersfield):
Back in 1926 Huddersfield Town became the first English club to win three straight domestic trophies. Since 1908 the Terriers were playing at Leeds Road, but in 1994 John Smith’s Stadium became home of Huddersfield Town. The club play in the English second tier (Championship) and the colour of the their home kit is blue and white (stripes).
Huddersfield Town were founded in 1910 and just three years later they entered the Football League. In 1926 the Terriers won their last domestic trophy, but they did well finishing runners up in the FA Cup 1920. The club’s biggest rivals are Leeds United and it has to be noted that Huddersfield Town have better head-to-head record of the two teams.
Bradford City are considered Huddersfield’s local rivals as well, but there are small rivalries with Barnsley, Halifax Town, Manchester City and Oldham Athletic. The club’s chairman is Dean Hoyle.