Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Spotland Stadium will host Saturday’s League One game between Rochdale and Lincoln, the two teams with totally different ambitions in the 2020/21 season. Rochdale’s main goal is to secure the League One survival, while Lincoln are eyeing promotion to the Championship. The Dale are only three points clear of the relegation zone, but a thrilling 4-0 win at Plymouth surely helped them regain a much-needed confidence.
A man to watch in the home team will be Stephen Humphrys, who has found his goalscoring touch of late. Fellow attacker Jake Beesley, on the other hand, is likely to miss the game with injury. Lincoln aim to retain their spot in top two, but given Rochdale’s display in the midweek clash, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the bottom-table side. Defender Adam Jackson is likely to miss the game with injury for the visitors.
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 (Lincoln):
Lincoln City are one of the oldest clubs competing in the League One as they were founded back in 1884. Lincoln City FC were established as an amateur association, but they turned professional in the 1891/1892 season.
Back then they played at John O’Gaunts stadium, but nowadays Sincil Bank is the club’s home ground. Sincil Bank was opened in 1895, holding up to 10,120 people. The club’s main colours are red, white and black, whilst the Imps wear green shirts and white shorts when playing on the road. Lincoln City and Mansfield Town are regarded as the club’s fiercest rivals, but the Limps had some sort of local rivalry with Peterborough United, Hull City and York City as well.
Albert Iremonger (42 years and 312 days) is the oldest footballer to have played for the club, whilst Shane Nicholson (16 years and 112 days) is the youngest one. Lincoln City recorded a thrilling 9-1 victory over then local rivals Sleaford in their first game.