Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Tuesday’s football match at Spotland Stadium pits together Rochdale and Northampton, the two bottom-table sides. Rochdale suffered yet another dip in form, with the team failing to win the previous four league fixtures, but this game could be the turning point for the hosts. The likes of Humphrys and Done are both likely to be recalled to the starting XI against Northampton.
The Cobblers, on the other hand, did well to beat Burton (3-1) on the road at the weekend, with the team regaining a much-needed confidence. Northampton aim to keep on climbing the standings, and given the atmosphere in the home team’s dressing room, we believe that punters can find value in betting on Keith Curle’s troops. In their last meeting in the League One Rochdale defeated Northampton thanks to Calvin Andrew’s goal, meaning that the visitors are hungry for revenge.
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 (Northampton):
Northampton are a professional football club that compete in the League Two, the English fourth tier. The Cobblers play their home matches at Sixfields Stadium, the venue that has a capacity of 7,798. Northampton Town are well known for their claret and white home kit, while black is the dominant colour of their away jersey.
Northampton did well to make it to the Charity Shield final in 1909, with the team suffering a 2-0 loss to Newcastle United in the title game. The Cobblers are holding the record for the shortest time taken to secure promotion from the bottom tier to the top flight and relegated back down to the bottom again. Northampton Town managed to do so in only nine years.
Peterborough united are regarded as the club’s main rivals, with other significant rivalries including the likes of Oxford United, Milton Keynes Dons, Cambridge United, Coventry City, and Rushden & Diamonds.