Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Saturday’s football game at Prenton Park pits together Tranmere Rovers and Rochdale, the two sides who aim to kick off the new League One campaign in style. The Super Whites were struggling to find their form in pre-season, with the team failing to find the net in last four warm-up games against Liverpool (0-6), Stoke City (0-2), Carlisle United (0-3) and Walsall (0-0), but they are still widely expected to grab something from the opener against Rochdale.
Tranmere secured promotion to the League One thanks to a hard-fought 1-0 win over Newport County in the play-offs final and, no doubt, the team’s main goal for the forthcoming season is to secure the survival. The Dale, on the other hand, finished the 2018/2019 League One season in the bottom half of the standings, only four points clear of the relegation zone and seeing that the newcomers are brimming with confidence ahead of the opening game of the 2019/2020 campaign, home win should be considered.
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).