Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Oxford United play host to Rochdale at their Kassam Stadium on day 11 of the new League One campaign. The Yellows are still looking for their best form, and, no doubt, the game against the Dale could be the turning point for the promotion-chasing hosts. Oxford were beaten by Fleetwood Town on the road in their last league fixture, but they are definitely capable of beating Rochdale at home ground.
It has to be noted that the Yellows deserved to grab something from their last league match as Henry failed to convert a penalty kick after just ten minutes. The Dale, on the other hand, made a slow start to the season, but they have been showing signs of improvement of late. The visitors are undefeated in the previous four league fixtures, but it seems as if the Yellows want this win more than the Dale.
Highlighted Player (Rob Hall):
Rob Hall is an English footballer who plays as a right-winger for Oxford United. The Aylesbury local was born on the 21st of October, 1993. Formerly a West Ham Youth product, the pacey forward signed his first professional contract with the club in October 2010. He made his professional debut, however, playing for Oxford United against Dagenham on the 13th of September 2011, a game in which he also scored his first-ever goal.
He followed up his time at Oxford with loan spells at clubs like Milton Keynes, Birmingham City, and Bolton Wanderers. On the 28th of March, 2013, he joined Bolton on a permanent deal, thus ending his more than a decade long relationship with parent club West ham. He remained a Bolton player until 2016 but made a little impact having gone out on loan twice to Milton Keynes during that time.
On the 19th of July, 2016, the 25-year old re-joined former club Oxford United on an initial two-year contract, which has since extended. On the International front, Hall has represented his country on the under-16, under-17, under-18, and under-19 level and was a member of the team that won the 2010 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship.
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).