Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Bolton Wanderers will be aiming to put an end to their ten-game winless run in the League One when they host Rochdale at their University of Bolton Stadium. Bolton are stuck at the bottom of the standings ahead of Matchday 14, but they have been showing signs of improvement of late. The rock-bottom side produced a fine display in a goalless draw with Blackpool in their last league match and they are definitely capable of matching Rochdale at their University of Bolton Stadium.
The Dale did well to beat Accrington Stanley in their last league match, with the team putting an end to their five-game winless run. Brian Barry-Murphy’s troops are on a three-game losing run on the road in the League One and that is the main reason why we predict that the Trotters are going to record their first win of the season this weekend.
Highlighted Player (Luke Murphy):
After spending his youth career at Crew Alexandra, Luke Murphy made his debut with the Railwaymen at senior level on December 13, 2008 in a 1-0 win over Swindon Town. Murphy scored his first goal with Crew Alexandra in a 4-1 away victory over Hartlepool United 15 days later.
After scoring 21 goals in 161 appearances for the club, the English footballer moved to Leeds United in June 2013, signing a three-year deal with the Elland Road outfit for a fee of around £1 million. Luke Murphy played for Burton Albion on loan as well before signing a two-year contract with Bolton Wanderers in August 2018.
Murphy made his debut for the Trotters on August 4, 2018 in a 2-1 win over WBA. The experienced midfielder was born in Macclesfield, England on October 21, 1989. His main position is central midfield, but he is capable of playing as both defensive and right midfielder as well.
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).