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Match Preview - Rochdale v Rovers

29 April 2022

The Gas travel to Rochdale this weekend as we look to continue our push for automatic promotion.

Catch up ahead of the match below! 

Manager's Preview

Form Guide

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Robbie Stockdale's Rochdale side are currently in 18th place in the League Two table, having won 11 of their 44 games to date. They were relegated, along with Rovers, last season and any hopes of a swift return were blunted by the January departure of top scorer Jake Beesley. However, their home form is their strength, having lost only four times this season at the Crown Oil Arena. Their last six fixtures have yielded three wins, whilst their last home game saw a 2-1 victory over Hartlepool. 

Danger Man

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The top scorer for Rochdale this season is Alex Newby. The forward has six goals to his name, with previous top scorer Jake Beesley having departed for Blackpool in January after grabbing 12 goals in the first half of the campaign. Newby began his career at Bolton Wanderers and wears the number 10 shirt for Dale this season. Newby scored twice at The Mem when his side won 2-1 in League One last season.

Last Time Out

Ref Watch

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Ross Joyce is the referee for Saturday's fixture at the Crown Oil Arena. It will be Joyce's 12th League Two game of the season, with the majority of his others in League One. In League Two, Joyce has brandished 36 yellow cards, with just the one red. Overall this season, Joyce gives an average of almost 23 fouls per game and produces a yellow card an average of three times per game. Joyce has an interesting background and became a referee after being sent off for swearing during a youth match, before being sent on a course to learn more about the man in the middle's job. He also once needed a police escort from a women’s football match between Blackburn Rovers and Chelsea after sending off three Rovers players and the manager.

Betting Preview

EFL sponsors Sky Bet have priced Rovers at 23/20 for the win on Saturday afternoon. Rovers can also be backed at 66/1 to win the game 4-2, as they did at The Mem earlier in the season. On the goalscorer markets, Elliot Anderson is priced at 11/4 to score at any time throughout the clash, whilst namesake Harry can be backed at 12/1 to open the scoring.

Odds correct at the time of writing. To bet with Sky Bet please click HERE. Please bet responsibly.

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