Our prediction for this League 2 match:
Tuesday’s football game at Spotland Stadium pits together Rochdale and Forest Green, the two teams who sit in the opposite halves of the table ahead of Matchday 3. Rochdale are still eyeing their first win of the process, but they will have a big fish to fry in the midweek clash. Both Odoh and Dooley are pushing for a start as Scottish tactician Robbie Stockdale should opt to make changes to the starting XI.
The Green Army, on the other hand, are leading the chase for promotion after two rounds. The league leaders aim to keep their 100% record intact, and given their attacking performance in the 3-1 triumph over Walsall, away win should definitely be considered. A man to keep an eye on in the away team will be Mathew Stevens, who has been scoring goals for fun at the start of the season.
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 (Forest Green):
Forest Green are an English club which was founded back in 1889. The Rovers host fellow League Two teams at the New Lawn, the stadium with the capacity of 5,302. Forest Green played their first home league game on October 6, 1889, with the team sharing the spoils with Brimscombe.
Green is the dominant colour of their home kit, and Forest Green footballers wear black shirts and black shorts when playing on the travels. In the 1981/82 season the club won the FA Vase, with the team beating Rainworth Miners Welfare 3-0 in the title game at Wembley Stadium.
It has to noted that town of Nailsworth, where Forest Green are based, is the smallest settlement to ever host a Football League club. In December 2012 the club won a prize for growing a field without using chemicals. cheltenham town are regarded as one of the club’s fiercest rivals.