Rochdale’s season to date has been a relative success and they sit within a stone’s throw from the play-off places as things stand with the side enjoying a game-in-hand over most of the sides around them in the League One table. OK so six points may be a sizeable gap but the ‘Dale’s’ recent form is good enough for us to believe that they can make the jump in the coming weeks.
Keith Hill’s side head into this match on the back of a three-game unbeaten run, not too impressive in itself perhaps but indicative of the improvement in a team which won just once in the opening eight matches of the season. Since then Rochdale have gone from strength to strength and whilst their recent form away from home is pretty hit and miss, overall we believe that they have what it takes to make a serious challenge on the play-off places.
They will have a chance to narrow the gap on Tuesday evening when they face mid-table outfit AFC Wimbledon. The Wombles look set to finish in a mid-table position at the end of the season and whilst they are in no real danger of being dragged into a relegation battle, they similarly look very unlikely to make a late challenge on the play-off places.
Their last outing ended in a 2-0 defeat at home to Southend United and given that Tuesday evening’s hosts have managed just a single win in their last five outings, we cannot really make a strong case for the home side this week.
Rochdale are still in with a shout of making it into the play-offs and they should prove to be too strong for Wimbledon on Tuesday. The hosts should get onto the scoresheet at some point given that Rochdale have conceded in all of their last nine league games, however any such goal will be purely a consolation effort in what looks likely to be three points for the visitors.