Currently 17th in League One to Charlton's 11th, Rochdale have a curiously poor home record, having won one, drawn one and lost five. Last Saturday they beat Bradford City 2-0 away, but then lost 3-0 at Wycombe on Tuesday. At home they have scored eight goals, but let in sixteen, the joint highest in the division which suggests some defensive weaknesses.
After three successive top ten finishes, last season was a struggle in the league, and they were only saved on the final day by beating the Addicks, although their FA Cup run took them to Wembley to play Tottenham Hotspur. This was followed a home draw which was televised. Alan Shearer commented on the quality of the passing, but manager Keith Hill pointed out they were prone to silly mistakes. Hill is five years into his second spell as manager.
Rochdale signed six players within a few days of the window opening and fans were hopeful that the recruitment would make a difference. Four Four Two forecast a 14th place finish and the fan interviewee 15th.
Key man is captain Ian Henderson who scored both goals against Bradford from the penalty spot. The 33-year old captain has scored 89 goals in 255 games for the club, assisting a further 33.
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Odds (Coral): Rochdale, 7/5; Draw, 12/5; Charlton, 9/5.
Referee is Andy Haines from Tyne and Wear. Assistant Referees: Wayne Grunnill and Hristo Karaivanov.
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