Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Rochdale and AFC Wimbledon go head to head at Spotland Stadium in what is expected to be one of the most exciting games of Saturday’s program. Rochdale were not in action at the weekend as their game against Charlton was postponed due to international duties, meaning that the hosts have had enough time to prepare in the best way possible for the AFC Wimbledon clash.
The Dale aim to put an end to their three-game winless run in the League One, but, no doubt, they would be happy with one point from Saturday’s match as well. The Dons, on the other hand, are undefeated in the previous four league fixtures. AFC Wimbledon played out a 2-2 draw with Doncaster before the international break, and seeing that Rochdale are tough to beat at home, yet another share of spoils is on the cards.
Highlighted Player (Ryan McLaughlin):
Ryan McLaughlin is a Northern Ireland international who plays for Rochdale in the League One as a right-back. McLaughlin started his youth career at Glenavon back in 2009 and two years later he was spotted by Liverpool scouts, who persuaded him to join the Reds youth academy.
However, instead of playing for Liverpool at senior level, the Northern Ireland defender spent two seasons on loan at Barnsley and Aberdeen before moving to Oldham Athletic. After scoring three goals in 52 league appearances for the club, Ryan McLaughlin joined Rochdale in 2019 for an undisclosed fee.
McLaughlin made his League One debut with the Dale on January 26, 2019 in a 2-1 loss at Barnsley. Speaking of his international career, the pacey right-back made his Northern Ireland debut on May 31, 2014 in a friendly against Uruguay. It has to be noted that the Rochdale defender can be used as both left-back and right midfielder as well.
Highlighted Team (AFC Wimbledon):
Based in Kingston upon Thames, AFC Wimbledon are a professional football club that compete in the third tier of English football, commonly known as the League One. AFC Wimbledon were formed by former Wimbledon FC supporters in 2002 following the FA decision to allow the club to relocate to Milton Keynes in Buckinghamshire, only 90 kilometers north of Wimbledon.
The Dons welcome their rivals at Kingsmeadow, the stadium with the capacity of 4,850. AFC Wimbledon play their home games in blue shirts and blue shorts, whilst the colour of their away kit is yellow. The Dons won the Lanes Cup on two occasions (2007/2008, 2011/2012), Supporters Direct Cup three times (2002/2003, 2005/2006, 2009/2010), while lifting the Surrey Seniors Cup in the 2004/2005 season.
Popular British actor Vinnie Jones is considered one of the most famous Wimbledon players, scoring 14 goals in 177 appearances for the club. Jones has 7 Premier League red cards, making him one of the dirtiest players in the history of English football.