Match Preview: v Rochdale (H) Match Preview: v Rochdale (H)

Match Preview: v Rochdale (H)

Here we take a look ahead to the Saddlers' League Two meeting with Rochdale.
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PRE-MATCH VIEWS

Michael Flynn and his Saddlers arrive at this weekend's match on the back of a comfortable 3-1 victory over Harrogate Town, and a performance that did wonders for the morale of fans and players alike.

Goals from Danny Johnson, Liam Gordon, and Isaac Hutchinson saw the Reds end a two-game winless run and continue their steady climb up the League Two table.

As injuries continue to blight the first-team, it's reassuring to see the rest of the squad is more than capable of taking another team to task, even if they were a side which had also suffered a disappointing run of form.

Rochdale are winless in their last two League Two games and reach Saturday's match on the back of a midweek draw with Tranmere Rovers, a result which saw the Dale frustrate their Play-Off chasing opponents on the way to a well-deserved point.

FORM IN FIVE

Here is how the Saddlers and this weekend's opponents Rochdale have fared in their last five league games.

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HEAD-TO-HEAD

Walsall and Rochdale have met on sixty-seven previous occasions, and it's the Saddlers who are on the back foot having secured just twenty-three victories compared to Rochdale's twenty-seven.

There have also been seventeen draws over the history of the fixture, a history which began on Saturday, 24th December 1921, and saw the Dale ease to a more than comfortable seven-nil Division Three (North) win.

THE LAST TIME WE MET

The most recent meeting was a League Two clash which took place at the Crown Oil Arena on Saturday, 9th April 2022, and saw Conor Grant's second-half effort separate the sides as Rochdale took all three points.


MATCH OFFICIALS

The EFL has confirmed that Tom Nield, who is based in West Yorkshire, will be the man in the middle, whilst Simon Shaw and Kevin Howick have been named assistant referees. Daniel Flynn will act as Fourth Official.

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