Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Doncaster Rovers and Rochdale face each other at Keepmoat Stadium in what is expected to be a very entertaining game. Doncaster kicked off 2021 with a 1-0 FA Cup win over Blackburn Rovers, with the team beating Swindon Town in their last league match. The Donny aim to regain their spot in top two, but they can’t afford any complacency in the midweek clash. The Dale, on the other hand, have been playing some high-scoring games of late.
Brian Barry-Murphy’s troops have been impressive in front of goal in 2021, but given their shaky defence, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the promotion-chasing side. Experienced defender Jim McNulty is sidelined through suspension, which is yet another reason why we are tempted to put our money on the Donny. Fejiri Okenabirhie will be the man to watch in the home team.
Highlighted Player (Reece James):
Reece James is a talented Chelsea defender who plays for Wigan Athletic on loan. Born in Redbridge, England on December 8, 1999, James started his youth career at Chelsea football academy at the age of 6. The talented teenager played for England U18 and U19 teams and he currently represents the U20 team on the international stage.
Reece James scored 3 goals in 45 appearances for Wigan in the 2018/2019 Championship campaign, but that did not help the Latics avoid relegation to the League One. His numbers from the 2018/2019 season are impressive as he completed 91 successful tackles, 54 blocks, 44 successful dribbles and 93 clearances.
James, on the other hand, has yet to find the net for the England U20 national team. His main position is right back, but he is capable of playing as both centre-back and defensive midfielder as well. Reece James turned professional in March 2017.
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).