Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Rochdale and Oxford United take on each other at Spotland Stadium in the League One round 26. The Dale have been playing some high-scoring games of late, with the team being impressive in front of goal, while struggling at the back. Anyhow, we are positive that the hosts will stick to their attacking style of play. The Yellows, on the other hand, look unstoppable at the moment, with the team winning each of their previous five league fixtures.
Oxford United rolled over Burton 5-1 in their last away game, meaning that a lively contest is on the cards at Spotland Stadium. In the first half of the season Oxford United recorded a 3-1 win over Rochdale, and we believe that punters can find value in betting on over 2.5 goals. It has to be noted that there have been over 2.5 goals in seven of Rochdale’s previous eight league fixtures.
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 (Oxford United):
Oxford United are one of the oldest clubs in the League One as they were founded back in 1893. However, Oxford United adopted their current name 67 years later and have been playing under it ever since.
Over the years the Yellows have built a great rivalry with Swindon Town and there have always been fireworks in clashes between the two sides. Oxford United play home matches at Kassam Stadium, the venue with the capacity of 12,500. The stadium was built in 1997 and has been Oxford United’s home ground ever since. The Boys from Up the Hill are well known for their yellow and blue colours, but they play their away games in dark blue (with a little yellow) or black kits.
Oxford’s player with the most league appearances is John Shuker, playing 478 games for the club from 1962 to 1977. On the other hand, Jim Magilton is the club’s most capped player in internationals, playing 18 games for Northern Ireland.