Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Ipswich Town will be looking to retain their spot in top six when they take on Rochdale at Spotland Stadium on Matchday 40. The Tractor Boys proved their worth in a 2-1 win over Bristol Rovers, but they will have to be at their sharpest in the remainder of the season as well if they are to secure promotion to the Championship. Flynn Downes is definitely sidelined through injury, while both Freddie Sears and James Wilson are rated doubtful for the match.
The Dale, on the other hand, failed to impress in a 2-1 loss to Portsmouth. Rochdale are stuck at the bottom of the standings, and given the importance of the match for the promotion-chasing visitors, away win should be considered. Both Jake and Beesley are out of contention through injuries, but there are no suspended footballers in the home team.
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 (Ipswich):
Ipswich Town are an English football club that was formed in 1878. Portman Road has been the home ground of Ipswich Town since 1894 and the capacity of the venue, which was expanded in 2002, is 30,311. The Tractor Boys compete in the Championship, but they used to play in the English Premier League in the past as well. Ipswich Town last appeared in the elite division in the 2001/2002 season.
Ipswich won the FA Cup in 1978, with the team beating Arsenal (1-0) in the title game. However, the club’s biggest success came in 1981 when they outplayed AZ Alkmaar in the UEFA Cup final. It has to be noted that the Tractor Boys have yet to suffer a loss at home ground in the European competitions.
Norwich City are regarded as Ipswich Town’s bitterest rivals and it is well known that the two sides take on each other in the East Anglian derby.