Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Rochdale will be aiming to put an end to their three-game losing run in the League One when they take on Accrington Stanley at Wham Stadium. Both teams sit in the danger zone in the standings ahead of Matchday 26, but Accrington are considered favourites to win Wednesday’s football game. The Accy aim to build on back-to-back wins over Blackpool and Burton Albion, and they are seen as favourites to win the midweek fixture.
A man to watch in the home team will be Sean McConville, who scored his fifth goal of the season in the 2-0 win over the Brewers. The Dale, on the other hand, are low on spirits ahead of the trip to Lancashire as they suffered a loss in each of their last three league games. In the previous five meetings between the two sides in competitive matches, Accrington Stanley emerged triumphant, meaning that the visitors are hungry for revenge.
Highlighted Player (Zaine Francis-Angol):
Born in Waltham Forest, England on June 30, 1993, Zaine Francis-Angol is a professional footballer who plays for Accrington Stanley. The 173-cm-tall defender is a product of Afewee Academy and he played for Tottenham Hotspur during his career as well.
Speaking of his senior career, Zaine Francis-Angol played for the likes of Motherwell, Kidderminster Harriers and A.F.C. Flyde before signing a one-year deal with Accrington Stanley in the summer of 2019. Francis-Angol made his debut with the Accy on August 17, 2019 in a 1-1 draw with AFC Wimbledon.
Francis-Angol has a dual citizenship and he represents Antigua and Barbuda on the international stage. He made his debut with the Benna Boys on August 31, 2012 in a 3-1 loss to Guatemala. The Accrington Stanley defender is eligible to play for Antigua and Barbuda due to his mother being born in the Caribbean country. His main position is left back, but he is used as both left midfielder and left winger as well. His preferred foot is left.
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).