Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Crown Oil Arena will host Saturday’s football game between Rochdale and Bolton Wanderers, the two teams who sit in the danger zone in the League One standings ahead of Matchday 27. The Dale kicked off the new year in style, with the team beating Accrington Stanley 2-1 on the road, but they do not want to stop now. Brian Barry-Murphy’s troops are only four points clear of the bottom three, meaning that Saturday’s clash is of big importance for them.
The Trotters, on the other hand, experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 4-3 loss to Burton Albion. Bolton Wanderers are considered No. 1 candidates to suffer relegation to the League Two; therefore, we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Rochdale’s party at Crown Oil Arena. When the two teams met at University of Bolton Stadium earlier this term Rochdale recorded a 3-1 win over Bolton.
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 (Bolton):
Bolton Wanderers were formed as Christ Church Football Club back in 1874 and three years later they adopted their current name. The Trotters currently compete in the Championship and they play their home games at Macron Stadium, which was opened in 1997.
Speaking of the club’s trophies, Bolton Wanderers won the FA Cup on four occasions (1923, 1926, 1929 and 1958), but they have yet to win the Premier League title. The Trotters were producing splendid displays in the 2003/2004 Premier League campaign, with the team finishing the season in eighth position in the standings, which is regarded as the club’s best result in the English top flight.
Bolton did well to reach the UEFA Cup knockout stages in the 2007/2008 season; the English outfit eliminated Atletico Madrid in the two-legged tie, but Sporting Lisbon eventually proved to be a big catch for the Trotters.
Nigeria international Jay-Jay Okocha is one of the most notable footballers who played for Bolton and he scored 14 goals in 124 appearances in the league for the club. Bury are considered the club’s fiercest rivals.