It’s been quite a whil since Latics went to Spotland for a league game, 1973 was the last time, both clubs were in the old division three and Oldham ran out 3-1 winners.
A repeat of that score would be most welcome tonight, there will be a terrific atmosphere with a full quota of tickets being sold by Latics (3,200).
So be loud and proud, lets be that twelth man the lads will be looking for.
Chief Scout Paul Butler
‘I watched Dale beat Dagenham & Redbridge in their last home match, and they are a good outfit.
‘Manager Keith Hill has not changed much since winning promotion. He has the same attacking philosophy and they will cause us problems playing on their home ground.’
‘Our fans are going to Rochdale in their thousands, it will be a fantastic atmosphere and it will be a good test for us.
‘It is the first derby for many years so both sets of fans and both management teams will be up for it.
‘I have played in lots of derbies over my career and there is no better feeling than winning them.
‘The players have to realise, as it is the first derby for such a long time, there is potential for any one of the 11 or the whole team to make history for this football club.’
Rochdale Team News:
Rochdale have re-signed Leicester defender Tom Kennedy on loan until January ahead of the home clash with Oldham.
The left-back left Spotland to join the Foxes in the summer but has failed to settle at the Walkers Stadium.
Kennedy looks set for a place on the bench but striker John-Louis Akpa Akpro was absent through injury at the weekend and looks set to miss out again.
Player to watch: Chris O’Grady
This ex-Latics striker will be looking for another goal to add to the five he already has so far this season.
Oldham Team News:
Oldham boss Paul Dickov will assess the fitness of defender Paul Black ahead of the trip.
The left-back missed Saturday’s thumping home win against Plymouth with a hamstring strain but he trained on Monday and could be passed fit.
However, Dickov is likely to name the same side that won 4-2 on Saturday and has no other new injuries or suspensions for the eagerly-awaited clash.
Player to watch: Dale Stephens
4 goals and 3 assists from 14 games, he’ll be out to try and pull a few holes in Dale’s defence and maybe find that all important final ball.
Match Facts & Stats
Dale last 5
Dale last 5 home
Latics last 5
Latics last 5 away
Fancy Latics to nick this one 2-1
13/11 H: Huddersfield Town
20/11 A: Dagenham & Redbridge
23/11 H: Exeter City
4/12 A: Walsall