Our prediction for this League 2 match:
After shocking Bradford City on the road, Rochdale will look to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they take on Colchester on Matchday 27. The Dale have regained a much-needed confidence, but they need to keep on making progress if they are to avoid relegation. A man to keep an eye on in the home team will be Ian Henderson, who scored a brace in the midweek triumph, while Liam Kelly should keep his place in the starting line-up after overcoming his injury.
The U’s, on the other hand, aim to build on back-to-back wins over Swindon and Harrogate. Colchester and Rochdale, though, seem to be evenly matched at the moment, and we predict that they are going to share the spoils in Saturday’s encounter. There are no fresh selection worries in the away side ahead of the trip to Lancashire.
Highlighted Player (Liam Kelly):
Born in Newport Pagnell, England Liam Kelly is a right-footed midfielder who plays for Coventry City in the League One. Kelly is a product of Milton Keynes Dons football school, but he did not play for the club at senior level. The English footballer started his senior career at Scottish club Kilmarnock, but after making 100 appearances in the league for the Killie, he moved to England, signing a three-and-a-half-year deal with Bristol City.
The English footballer played for the likes of Oldaham Athletic and Leyton Orient as well before joining Coventry City in the summer of 2017. His main position is central midfielder, but he is capable of playing as both defensive and right midfielder as well.
His preferred foot is right. He made his league debut with Coventry City on August 5, 2017 in a 3-0 win over Notts County, while scoring his first goal for the club in a 3-1 win over Stevenage in April, 2018.
Highlighted Team (Colchester):
Founded in 1937, Colchester United are a professional football club that compete in the League Two, the English fourth tier. The U’s welcome their rivals at Colchester Community Stadium, the venue which has the capacity of 10,105 people.
Colchester United are well known for their blue kit, but white is the dominant colour of their away kit. The U’s have an official fans association known as the CUSA. Colchester supporters consider Wycombe Wanderers the club’s fiercest rivals, but the rivalries with Southend United and Ipswich Town are big as well. Colchester United did well to win the FA Trophy in the 1991/92 season, with the team clinching the Essex Senior Cup trophy in the 2009/10 season.
In December 1961 the U’s recorded their biggest win, with the team rolling over Bradford City 9-1 in the Fourth Division. Colchester United repeated the success 44 years later as they hammered Leamington 9-1 in the FA Cup round 1.