Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Crown Oil Arena will host Saturday’s relegation six-pointer between Rochdale and Tranmere Rovers. The Dale experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 3-0 loss at Sunderland in midweek, but it is well known that they produce much better showings at home than on the travels. Full-back Norrington-Davies, who picked up a knock against the Black Cats, is likely to miss the Tranmere game with injury. The Whites, on the other hand, continue to struggle in front of goal.
Tranmere failed to find the net in the previous five league fixtures, and seeing that Rochdale are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we are tempted to put our money on Brian Barry-Murphy’s troops. It has to be noted that the visitors will be without injured defender George Ray against the Dale. In the first half of the season Rochdale defeated Tranmere 3-2 at Prenton Park.
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 (Tranmere):
Based in Birkenhead, Merseyside, Tranmere Rovers are a professional club that compete in the League One. Tranmere were founded back in 1884 under the name of Belmont FC, with the football arms of cricket clubs Lyndhurst Wanderers and Belmont coming together. The club recorded their first win later in 1884 as they outclassed Brunswick Rovers 4-0.
Nowadays Tranmere Rovers play their home games at Prenton Park, the venue which can hold up to 15,567 people. The Rovers wear white shirts and blue shorts in home matches, but back in the 19th century orange and red were the dominating colours on their kit.
Tranmere fans see Bolton Wanderers as the club’s main rivals, but they have built a small rivalry with Chester City and Everton as well. The Prenton Park outfit did well to make it to the League Cup final in the 1993/1994 season, but Aston Villa proved to be a big catch for them in the title game.