Preview: Rochdale vs Barnsley

The Reds will be looking to get back to winning ways on Tuesday night against Keith Hill’s Rochdale at Spotland.

Following a frustrating goalless draw at home to AFC Wimbledon at the weekend, Stendel’s unbeaten Reds will be hoping to go one better and take all three points from their Lancashire opponents.

It certainly won’t be a stroll for the visitors though, as former Barnsley boss, Hill, will be pulling out all the stops to secure a first home league win of the season for Dale.

The hosts have had a mixed bag of results so far this term, with a win, a draw and a loss in their opening games, faring much better away from home than at Spotland.

Not only will there be a familiar face in the dugout, but possibly on the pitch too, with former Reds players David Perkins, Matty Done and Jim McNulty all in the Dale squad.

Hill’s Rochdale have plenty of experience in their ranks and will need to use it in order to unlock a Barnsley defence that is yet to concede a league goal, but Dale will also need to stay alert at the back if they’re to evade the sting of a Reds attack that’s put six past their opponents so far.

Reds’ head coach Daniel Stendel will be keen to keep another clean sheet and protect the three-game unbeaten run in the league and he’ll be hopeful of a successive league victory on the road.

The Tykes are the favourites for this one, but the home side play the underdog role very well and will be looking to prove a point after losing their first home game 4-1 to Peterborough United.

Predicted Lineup:

No new injury news for the Reds and as usual, an unchanged team is expected.

Davies

Cavaré, Pinnock, Lindsay, Pinillos

Potts, Mowatt, Dougall, Thiam

Moore, Bradshaw


Hard to see a convincing win for the Reds here, but if they continue to defend so resolutely, there’s every chance of bringing the points back to South Yorkshire.

Prediction: Rochdale 0 – 1 Barnsley

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