Our prediction for this FA Cup match:
A place in the FA Cup round 3 will be at stake when Rochdale and Plymouth go head to head at Spotland Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The Dale have drawn each of their last four league fixtures, and, no doubt, they are eager to extend their unbeaten run. Jake Beesley should keep his place in the starting XI despite failing to find the net in a 1-1 draw with Exeter.
The Pilgrims, on the other hand, did well to crush Sheffield Wednesday 3-0 in their FA Cup opener. Plymouth’s main, goal, though, is to secure promotion to the Championship, which is probably the main reason why we are going to put our money on the Dale this time out. Talented Wales forward Luke Jephcott, who limped off with injury in a 2-1 loss to Wigan, is unlikely to feature in Sunday’s FA Cup game.
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 (Plymouth):
Nicknamed the Pilgrims, Plymouth are a professional football club that host their rivals at Home Park. The stadium, which can hold up to 18,600 people, was built in 1892 and opened the following year. Plymouth footballers wear dark green jerseys and white shorts when playing in front of home fans, while light green and white are the dominant colours of their away kit.
The Pilgrims made it to the FA Cup semi-finals in the 1983-84 season, with the team advancing to the Football League Cup semis on two occasions (1964-65, 1973-74). The Pilgrims recorded their biggest win against Millwall on January 16, 1932, with the team beating the Lions 8-1, and they repeated the success in 1994 as they rolled over Hartlepool United in the Second Division.
The club suffered their heaviest defeat against Stoke City (0-9) on December 17, 1960. Fellow Devon teams Exeter City and Torquay United are seen as the club’s fiercest rivals.