Our prediction for this League 2 match:
Swindon Town play host to Rochdale at their County Ground in what is expected to be an exciting League Two encounter. The Robins are desperate to register their first win of the season, and they are likely to go all guns blazing at the Dale. Head coach Scott Lindsey has no fresh selection worries, and he is unlikely to make changes to the team that shared the spoils with Leyton on Tuesday evening.
Rochdale, on the other hand, made a slow start to the season, with the team losing each of their first four league fixtures. Since Swindon will not have a better chance than this to return to winning ways, we predict that the visitors are going to return home empty-handed. Robbie Stockdale is likely to stick to the 3-4-3 formation, with Devante Rodney up front as a centre-forward. In their last meeting at the venue the two teams played out a 2-2 draw, but home win should be considered this time out.
Highlighted Player (Jack Payne):
Jack Payne is a Lincoln City midfielder who started his youth career at Southend United. After spending his youth career at Southend, he continued playing for the Seasiders at senior level, scoring 15 goals in 77 appearances in the league.
In the summer of 2016 Payne moved to Huddersfield Town in a three-year deal, making his debut for the Terriers in a 2-1 win over Brentford on August 6, 2016. The English footballer spent a couple of seasons on loan at Oxford United, Blackburn Rovers and Bradford City before signing a permanent deal with Lincoln City on a free transfer.in July 3, 2019.
Jack Payne made his Lincoln debut in a 2-0 win over Accrington Stanley on August 3, 2019. His main position is attacking midfield, but he is used as central midfielder and second striker as well. His preferred foot is left and he wears a No. 10 shirt.
Highlighted Team (Rochdale):
Nicknamed the Dale, Rochdale are a professional English club that compete in the League One (English third tier). Rochdale were founded back in 1907, after World War I, with the team beating Accrington Stanley 6-3 in their first league game 14 years later.
The Dale wear blue shirts with black stripes and blue shorts when playing at home, whilst gray is the dominant colour of their away kit. Spotland Stadium is the club’s home ground, with the venue holding no more than 10,249 spectators. Bury and Oldham Athletic are considered the club’s fiercest rivals, but they have built up rivalries with the likes of Halifax Town, Burnley, Stockport County, Wigan Athletic and Accrington Stanley as well.
Back in 1962 Rochdale made it to the Football League Cup final, with the team facing Norwich City in the title game. The Canaries proved to be a big catch for the Dale, but this is still considered the club’s biggest success. It has to be noted that the Spotland Stadium outfit have three Lancashire Cup titles as well (1948/1949, 1970/1971, 2004/2005).