Our prediction for this FA Cup match:
After holding Wolverhampton to a draw at Molineux Stadium at the weekend, Newcastle United will be aiming to book their place in the FA Cup round 4 with a win over Rochdale at their St. James’ Park. The Magpies produced an excellent performance in the 1-1 draw with the Wolves at the weekend despite Dwight Gale and Paul Dummett were forced to leave the pitch due to injuries.
Even though Steve Bruce has a number of selection worries ahead of the visit of Rochdale, we are tempted to put our money on the Premier League side as they are a real force to be reckoned with at home. The Dale, on the other hand, proved their worth in the 1-1 draw with Newcastle United at their Crown Oil Arena, but we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling the Magpies’ party at St. James’ Park.
Highlighted Player (Yoshinori Muto):
Yoshinori Muto joined FC Tokyo youth school at the age of 16 and he remained at the club until 2010. After spending three years at Keio University, the Japanese striker returned to Tokyo in 2013 and it has to be noted that he played 51 league matches for FC Tokyo, scoring 23 goals for the club.
On 30 May, 2015 Muto signed a contract with Mainz and he has been playing for the Bundesliga outfit ever since. Muto made 20 appearances for Mainz in the 2015/2016 Bundesliga campaign, scoring seven league goals for the club. The pacey attacker made his Japan debut on 5 September, 2014 in a friendly against Uruguay. He came as a substitute after 58 minutes, replacing Yusuke Minagawa. He scored his first goal for the Samurai Blue four days later in a 2-2 draw with Venezuela.
Yoshinori Muto was born in Tokyo on 15 July, 1992. Muto is a centre forward and his side positions are left wing and attacking midfield. His market value on 22 July, 2016 was €5.5 million.
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).