Our prediction for this League 2 match:
Rochdale and Harrogate go head to head at Spotland Stadium in the League Two round 20. The Dale have been struggling in front of goal of late, with the team failing to find the net in three of their last four league fixtures. The hosts aim to bounce back from a 1-0 loss to Sutton, and they are surely capable of matching the Sulphurites on home soil. Devante Rodney is widely expected to return to the starting XI after coming as a substitute in the last league match.
Meanwhile, the visiting side aim to recover from the FA Cup defeat to Hartlepool. However, home win should be considered as Harrotage defender Joe Mattock misses Saturday’s clash through suspension. In their last encounter in the League Two the two sides played out a thrilling 3-3 draw, but we predict that the hosts will pick up all three points from this match.
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 (Harrogate):
Harrogate Town is an English club that welcomes their rivals at Wetherby Road. Opened on August 28, 1920, the venue can hold up to 5,000 spectators (500 seated). The club was founded back in 1914, with the Sulphurties facing Horsforth in their first competitive match on August 30, 1919.
Harrogate Town footballers wear yellow and black shirts when playing at home, while pink is the dominant colour of their away jersey. The Sulphurties did well to win the Whitworth Cup in the 1919/20 season, while the club’s biggest success in the FA Cup came in the 2012/13 when they made it to the second round.
Simon Weaver is one of the most notable footballers who played for Harrogate Town in the past. The team’s manager for the 2020/21 season played for several English clubs, and he has been very successful in the coaching job as well.