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Latics vs. Rochdale

Sky Bet League Two - Matchday 26

28 January 2022

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Latics welcome Rochdale to Boundary Park for a crucial derby fixture in Sky Bet League Two (3pm KO).

The game marks the return of John Sheridan to the home dugout, and he'll be hoping to have an immediate impact on proceedings following last week's 3-0 defeat against Harrogate Town.

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Oldham are on their hunt for their first victory since December when they won 1-0 away at Sunderland in the Papa John’s Trophy.

Form Guide

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Rochdale come into the game on the back of one win in nine games across all competitions.

Their last outing saw a goalless draw against Bradford City.

They have struggled for goals of late, drawing blanks in their previous two outings. This is possibly due to the recent departure of Jake Beesley.

Beesley had scored four times in the two games before that came before him joining Sky Bet Championship side Blackpool for an undisclosed fee.

They will be looking to end a poor run of form that has seen them lose four from their last six.

Dale’s Last Six:

  1. Rochdale 0-0 Bradford City
  2. Tranmere Rovers 2-0 Rochdale
  3. Rochdale 3-0 Newport County
  4. Bristol Rovers 4-2 Rochdale
  5. Hartlepool United 2-1 Rochdale
  6. Rochdale 1-2 Plymouth Argyle (FA Cup)

Meetings: 61

Latics wins: 24
Rochdale wins: 18
Draws: 19

Scored: 91
Conceded: 74

When the clubs met earlier on in the season at Spotland, it was a derby delight for Latics.

A superb strike from Davis Keillor-Dunn just before the hour mark turned out to be the winning goal to send the travelling fans home in a jubilant mood.

Latics have lost none of the previous four league outings against their local rivals, with Dale’s most recent win in the fixture coming in the EFL Trophy in December 2018.

Watch Out For

Recent signing Tahvon Campbell is the man looking to fill the spot left vacant following the departure of Beesley.

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Arriving in a deal from Vanarama National League outfit Woking, the 25-year-old forward will be looking to continue his fine start to the season in the league above.

The Birmingham-born goal scorer has an impressive 13 to his name in just 21 appearances for his previous club, which has helped them to a respectable 12th place finish.

Starting his career at West Bromwich Albion, his other permanent clubs have been Forest Green Rovers and Cheltenham Town as well as a string of loan moves.

His new gaffer described him as quick and dynamic whilst also addressing their need to replace goals within his side.

In The Dugout

Robbie Stockdale is the man in the dugout for the visitors.

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This is the Redcar-born manager’s first permanent posting in football, but he has got caretaker experience at Grimsby Town and Sunderland.

The 41-year-old came through the ranks at Middlesbrough as a player and also turned out for Sheffield Wednesday, West Ham United, Rotherham United, Hull City, Darlington, Tranmere Rovers and Grimsby.

He was also capped five times by the Scotland national team.

Match Officials

The official in the middle for the game is Darren Drysdale.

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Drysdale last officiated a Latics game in March 2021 as we suffered defeat against Leyton Orient at The Breyer Group Stadium. On that day, he handed out four yellow cards and zero red cards.

He's taken charge of 20 games, so far, this campaign, handing out a total of 74 yellow cards and three red cards.

Drysdale will be assisted by Declan Ford and Matthew Smith, with James Oldham as the Fourth Official.

Sky Bet Odds

Latics have been priced at 2/1 favourites to mark the return of John Sheridan by claiming a huge three points in the northwest derby.

Dale are priced at 5/4 to get revenge for Oldham’s 1-0 win at Spotland earlier on in the campaign whilst the draw is 23/10.

A repeat of the 1-0 success is available at 17/2.

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How To Follow The Game

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Live commentary is available on iFollow Latics with Roy Butterworth and Michael Brown who will be talking you through the match action.

Unfortunately, an iFollow match pass stream isn't available in the UK due to the 3pm blackout from broadcasters.

For more information, visit the iFollow Latics page by clicking here.

Alternatively, supporters can also follow the game with live updates on the club's official Twitter account: @OfficialOAFC.


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