Our prediction for this League 2 match:
Rochdale and Walsall take on each other at Spotland Stadium in the League Two round 40. The Dale quickly bounced back from a 2-0 loss to Rochdale, with the team beating AFC Wimbledon thanks to Danny Lloyd-McGoldrick’s goal, but that did not help them avoid the relegation zone. The rock-bottom side are eight points behind the safe zone, meaning that this has to go down as a must-win game for them. Liam Kelly should keep his place in the starting XI after producing a fine display in the last league match.
The visitors, meanwhile, played out a 1-1 draw with Sutton in their last league match, with the team remaining in the middle of the table. Since Rochdale are desperate to secure yet another League Two survival, home win should be considered. Both Matt and Gordon are pushing for a start, speaking of the away team.
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 (Walsall):
Founded in 1888, Walsall are a professional club that play home matches at Bescot Stadium. The capacity of the venue is 11,300 people and it was opened in 1990. Nicknamed the Saddlers, Walsall footballers wear red shirts and white shorts when playing in front of home fans, while black is the dominant colour of their away kit.
Walsall played out a goalless draw with Aston Villa on April 9, 1888 in their first ever game, with the team recording their biggest win on March 4, 1899 against Darwen (10-0). The Saddlers suffered their biggest defeat on December 17, 1892 as they were beaten by Small Heath 12-0.
Walsall fans consider wolverhampton wanderers the club’s biggest rivals, but the Saddlers have rivalries with Shrewsbury Town and Port Vale as well as the two clubs are only 30 miles away from Walsall. Crystal Palace centre-back Scott Dann is one of the most notable footballers who played for the Bescot Stadium.