Rochdale vs Fleetwood
English League One
Date: Saturday, 19 December 2018
Kick-Off at 15:00 UK / 16:00 CET
Venue: Crown Oil Arena (Rochdale).
Rochdale are going through a very difficult period at the start of the year. Keith Hill’s troops are struggling badly to get their campaign up and running. They seriously compromised their League One status with a streak of four consecutive defeats which brought the team almost on the brink of the danger area. The Dale are just three points above the red zone line and they will be desperate to bring the dreadful thread to an end on Saturday when Fleetwood Town come to visit Crown Oil Arena.
Hill could find a reason for optimism in the fact his men finally managed to concede fewer than four goals for the first time in five games in all competitions. They allowed two last weekend in a narrow 2-1 defeat to play-offs hopefuls Peterborough United away at The ABAX Stadium. Prior to that affair, the Dale conceded four or more goals in four subsequent outings across competitions (three in the league and one in EFL Trophy).
Rochdale vs Fleetwood: Head-to-head
The draw was the most frequent of outcomes in the history of head to head matches between these two sides.
It happened six times in 15 matches.
Teams have three wins apiece in seven H2H games at Crown Oil Arena.
Whilst the league meeting saw a 2-2 draw in mid-August, the Dale claimed a 0-2 victory when teams took on each other in the EFL Trophy group stage in October.
Rochdale vs Fleetwood: Prediction
Much like their counterparts, the 10th-placed Fleetwood Town were fairly easy to break down in recent weeks. The Fishermen conceded ten goals in last four ties in all competitions. They lost 2-3 at home to the rock-bottomed AFC Wimbledon at the start of the year in the FA Cup. Last weekend saw a 2-2 draw at home to relegation strugglers Oxford United.
We just can’t imagine any of these two sides keeping things tight at the back when they come across each other in this 28th round clash. BTTS is a must-take pick at the 1.80 odds. As for the outcome, we will go with the hosts who showed a much better overall display in the previous round against promotional chasers Peterborough United.
Rochdale vs Fleetwood: Bet Tips
Rochdale to win @ 2.25 (5/4)
BTTS @ 1.80 (4/5).