Our prediction for this League 2 match:
Rochdale and Hartlepool square off against each other at Spotland Stadium on day 23 of the new League Two campaign. The Dale do not seem to be at the top of their game, with the team losing each of their last three league fixtures, and they must be low on confidence ahead of the Boxing day showdown. All Rodney, Malley, Sinclair, and Seriki are pushing for a start as Rochdale failed to impress in a 4-1 loss to Harrogate.
Meanwhile, the Pools put an end to their three-game losing run thanks to a 2-0 win over Crawley Town, with the triumph giving them a confidence boost. The visitors are eager to escape the danger zone, and we predict that they will take advantage of the Dale’s current form. As for the away team, boss Keith Curle is unlikely to make changes to the starting XI that faced the Red Devils.
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.