Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Friday’s football game at Fratton Park pits together Portsmouth and Rochdale, the two teams with entirely different ambitions in the season finale. Portsmouth are eyeing a place in the playoffs, while Rochdale’s main goal is to secure the League One survival. The Pompey have been showing signs of improvement of late, with the team beating both Ipswich Town and Shrewsbury Town in the previous two league fixtures.
Portsmouth are brimming with confidence ahead of the visit of Rochdale, and even though John Marquis is sidelined through suspension, we are tempted to put our money on the promotion-chasing hosts. The Dale, on the other hand, are stuck at the bottom of the standings, and given their poor away record in the League One, home win should definitely be considered. In the previous meeting between the two teams at Fratton Park Portsmouth outplayed Rochdale 3-0.
Highlighted Player (Ellis Harrison):
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).