Our prediction for this League 1 match:
After three consecutive wins in the League One, Wycombe Wanderers suffered a 1-0 loss to Rotherham United in their last league fixture. The Dale aim to start a new winning run in the English their tier, and given Bristol Rovers’ shaky defence, we believe that home win should be considered. Rochdale outplayed the likes of Accrington Stanley and Milton Keynes Dons in previous two home games in the League One, which is certainly giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of Saturday’s football match.
The Pirates have been struggling at the back of late, with the team conceding exactly two goals in each of their last three league matches, and we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Rochdale’s party at Crown Oil Arena. A man to keep an eye on in the home team will be Ian Henderson, who has been scoring goals for fun in the 2019/2020 season.
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 (Bristol Rovers):
Established back on August 1, 1883, Bristol Rovers are one of the oldest clubs in the League One. Bristol Rovers were formed after a meeting at the Eastville Restaurant under the name of Black Arabs after the Arabs rugby team.
This name, though, lasted no more than one season as the club was renamed Eastville Rovers in 1884. Five years later the club’s name was officially changes to Bristol Rovers. Nicknamed the Pirates, Bristol Rovers welcome their opponents at Memorial Stadium Horfield, the venue with the capacity of 12,296. Bristol Rovers are well known for their blue and white home kit, but they are dressed in yellow when playing on the travels.
Ricky Lambert, who used to play for the likes of Southampton and Liverpool in the Premier League, is regarded as one of the club’s most notable footballers. It has to be noted that Lambert scored 51 goals in 128 appearances for the Pirates in the league.