Our prediction for this League 2 match:
Rochdale and Mansfield face each other at Sportland Stadium in a highly-anticipated League Two game. The Dale did well to put an end to their three-game winless run, with the team beating Salford City thanks to Ian Henderson’s goal. With no fresh injury worries to report, boss Jim Bentley is unlikely to make changes to the team that defeated the Lions in midweek.
The Yellows, on the other hand, suffered a dip in form, with the team collecting only one point from the last four league fixtures. Mansfield aim to climb to the playoffs berth, and given their fine away record, we predict that the visitors will give fans some cheer this weekend. Both Bowery and Akins are pushing for recalls to the starting XI, while Gordon and Hartigan are expected to drop to the bench after failing to impress in the last league fixture.
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 (Mansfield):
Founded in 1897, Mansfield Town are a professional club that compete in the League 2, the English fourth tier. The Stags are well known for their yellow shirts and blue shorts, while the colour of their away kit is black. Field Mill is the club’s home ground, the stadium with the capacity of 9,186.
The venue was built back in 1861 and renovated in 1999. Chesterfield and Notts County are regarded as the club’s fiercest rivals. Mansfield Town did well to win the Football League Trophy in 1986/1987 season, with the team beating Bristol City on penalties at Wembley Stadium.
The two teams played out a 1-1 draw in the regular time, with Kevin Kent and Glyn Riley scoring for Mansfield Town and Bristol City respectively. Goalkeeper Rod Arnold is the player with most appearances as he played 513 games for the Stags in all competitions.