Our prediction for this League 2 match:
Saturday’s football game at Spotland Stadium pits together Rochdale and Tranmere, the two teams who are level on points in the League Two standings ahead of Matchday 7. The Dale aim to build on a 3-2 win over Port Vale, and given their attacking potential, we believe that punters from all four corners of the world can find value in beating on the home team. Tranmere defenders should have Jake Beesley at bay as he scored a brace in a 3-2 win over Port Vale.
The Super Whites, on the other hand, have been playing some low-scoring games at the start of the season, with the team both netting two and conceding two goals in the process. Anyhow, home win should be considered as Tranmere defenders are unlikely to prevent in-form Rochdale attackers from scoring in Saturday’s clash. In their last meeting in the League One the Dale defeated the Super Whites 3-2.
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 (Tranmere):
Based in Birkenhead, Merseyside, Tranmere Rovers are a professional club that compete in the League One. Tranmere were founded back in 1884 under the name of Belmont FC, with the football arms of cricket clubs Lyndhurst Wanderers and Belmont coming together. The club recorded their first win later in 1884 as they outclassed Brunswick Rovers 4-0.
Nowadays Tranmere Rovers play their home games at Prenton Park, the venue which can hold up to 15,567 people. The Rovers wear white shirts and blue shorts in home matches, but back in the 19th century orange and red were the dominating colours on their kit.
Tranmere fans see Bolton Wanderers as the club’s main rivals, but they have built a small rivalry with Chester City and Everton as well. The Prenton Park outfit did well to make it to the League Cup final in the 1993/1994 season, but Aston Villa proved to be a big catch for them in the title game.