Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Despite producing a fine display against Wycombe Wanderers at the weekend, Southend United eventually failed to grab something from the Adams Park clash as Scott Kashket scored a late winner for the hosts. The Shrimpers suffered a loss in each of their first five games of the season, but it seems as if their showings are better than their results. The hosts are desperate to grab something from Saturday’s football match and we are positive that they are going to fight tooth and nail against Rochdale.
Brian Barry-Murphy’s men, on the other hand, are on a four-game winless run in the English third tier and seeing that this has to go down as a must-win game for Southend, we predict that the visitors are going to return home empty-handed. In their last meeting in the League One Rochdale emerged triumphant, meaning that the hosts are hungry for revenge.
Highlighted Player (Rob Kiernan):
Rob Kiernan is a product of Watford football academy who plays for Southend United as a defender. Despite being born in Rickmansworh, England Kiernan represents Ireland in international matches. The 185-cm-tall centre-back made 14 appearances for the Ireland U21 team, but he has yet to make his debut with the senior squad.
Speaking of his club career, Rob Kiernan played for the likes of Watford, Kilmarnock, Yeovil Town, Bradford City, Wycombe Wanderers, Wigan Athletic, Accrington Stanley, Burton Albion, Brentford, Birmingham City and Rangers before signing a permanent deal with Southend United in the summer of 2017 for an undisclosed fee.
The Republic of Ireland international scored one goal in 10 appearances for the Seasiders in the League One, finding the back of the net in a 2-2 draw with Blackpool. Kiernan’s main position is centre-back, but he is used as a defensive midfielder as well. His contract with Southend United should expire on June 30, 2020.
Highlighted Team (Rochdale):
Nicknamed the Dale, Rochdale are a professional English club that compete in the League One (English third tier). Rochdale were founded back in 1907, after World War I, with the team beating Accrington Stanley 6-3 in their first league game 14 years later.
The Dale wear blue shirts with black stripes and blue shorts when playing at home, whilst gray is the dominant colour of their away kit. Spotland Stadium is the club’s home ground, with the venue holding no more than 10,249 spectators. Bury and Oldham Athletic are considered the club’s fiercest rivals, but they have built up rivalries with the likes of Halifax Town, Burnley, Stockport County, Wigan Athletic and Accrington Stanley as well.
Back in 1962 Rochdale made it to the Football League Cup final, with the team facing Norwich City in the title game. The Canaries proved to be a big catch for the Dale, but this is still considered the club’s biggest success. It has to be noted that the Spotland Stadium outfit have three Lancashire Cup titles as well (1948/1949, 1970/1971, 2004/2005).