Rochdale vs Gillingham Preview

Keith Hill’s Rochdale will hope to take their recent upturn in fortunes into Saturday’s visit of Gillingham to The Crown Oil Arena.

Dale are unbeaten in their last three matches but are yet to pick up a single point at home in League One this term in four outings at Spotland.

Last midweek presented their first win on home soil with a Checkatrade Trophy win against rivals Bury and that success was followed up with an point away at Scunthorpe United.

Ollie Rathbone scored his second brace of the season to help Dale to earn a point while Matty Gillam grabbed a late equaliser, with Dale having trailed 3-1 at one stage.

Zach Clough could be in line for his first league start at Spotland, having been forced off with injury against Scunthorpe, while fellow deadline day loan signing, Blackburn Rovers defender, Sam Hart, also made the starting line-up last time out.

Gillingham meanwhile have been in dismal form since winning the first two matches of their League One campaign. Since then, the Gills have exited the Carabao Cup, lost their opening Checkatrade Trophy encounter and picked up one point from a possible 15 in the league.

They were beaten 1-0 at home by AFC Wimbledon last weekend and the Gills’ poor run certainly represents a great opportunity for Dale to end their own disappointing home form in the league.

Hill’s team are 11/13 favourites to win, the draw is available at 29/10 and Steve Lovell’s visitors are priced at 15/4 – all odds via Oddschecker.

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