Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Tuesday’s football game at Spotland Stadium pits together Rochdale and Sunderland. The Dale made a slow start to the season, but their recent displays are surely giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of upcoming challenges. Rochdale aim to build on back-to-back wins over Burton and Shrewsbury, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry against the promotion-chasing Black Cats.
Sunderland aim to make amends for a 3-1 loss to Portsmouth in the League One derby, and even though midfielder Luke O’Nien is out of contention through suspension, bookies see the visitors as favourites to win the Spotland Stadium clash. Considering that Rochdale suit Sunderland, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the Black Cats. You should bear in mind that Sunderland emerged triumphant in each of their previous four meetings with Rochdale in all competitions.
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 (Sunderland):
Sunderland are a professional football club that have been playing their home games at the Stadium of Light since 1997. The capacity of the stadium is 49,000, but before expansion the original ground capacity was 42,000. Red and White shirts are Sunderland’s trademark and the club’s fiercest rivals are Newcastle United. The two local rivals have been contesting in the Tyne-Wear derby since 1898 and there have always been fireworks in what is one of the greatest derbies in English football. Sunderland were on the verge of dropping to the Championship in the 2015/2016 Premier League campaign, but experienced tactician Sam Allardyce eventually helped the team avoid relegation.
The Black Cats have won six First Division trophies (now the Premier League), with the team lifting two FA Cup titles. Sunderland won their first FA Cup trophy in 1937, with the team beating Preston North End 3-1 in the title game. The club was founded in 1879 as Sunderland and District Teachers A.F.C.