Rochdale vs Ipswich Prediction & Betting Tips: Tractor Boys to Squeak Past Dale
Rochdale vs Ipswich predictions and betting tips for tonight’s League One fixture kicking-off at 7:45pm. The visitors didn’t play at the weekend and will be looking to regain top spot with three points at Spotland.
Rochdale slipped up against Bristol Rovers at the weekend, but they will have an immediate chance to make amends in front of the home crowd on Tuesday night.
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Rochdale sit in midtable and have been very inconsistent this season under Brian Barry Murphy. The Irishman insists on his side playing the football the right way and keeping it on the deck. This has led to some very impressive performances although its an approach which doesn’t always work at League One level. At the weekend, they were the better side throughout the 90 minutes yet found themselves behind to a hard-working Bristol Rovers side. The Gas aren’t afraid to go long this season under Graham Coughlan, and this probably didn’t suit Dale.
All of their wins this season have come against bottom-half dwellers with the likes of MK Dons, Southend, Tranmere, Bolton and Accrington all seen off so far. However, they’ve been beaten here by Wycombe and Sunderland and have picked up a point against Blackpool and Doncaster.
The ageless Ian Henderson is still a major influence on this squad and he’ll be hoping to have his say against high-flying Ipswich on Tuesday night.
The Tractors Boys were given the weekend off and they will come into this tie slightly fresher than the hosts. They were knocked off topspot by an impressive Wycombe Wanderers, although they could return to the summit with three points here.
Away from home, they’ve won four of their last five and have only dropped points at Accrington and Peterborough so far. Their last appearance saw them dispatch of Southend with James Norwood and Kayden Jackson both impressing once again.
Paul Lambert has done an excellent job this season and his young side look like promotion candidates. They need to keep their key players injury-free and having the occasion weekend off certainly won’t hinder them.
Ipswich’s Watertight Rearguard
Ipswich’s forwards will quite rightly take plenty of the headlines with the likes of James Norwood scoring on a regular basis however their defence has been nothing short of spectacular so far.
With just ten goals conceded in their opening 14 games, they possess the best defensive record in the division and the likes of Thomas Holy has had a relatively quiet season so far between the sticks. Ipswich are a very young side, although the experience of both Cole Skuse and Luke Chambers has been key and the pair have been able to help the less mature members of the squad develop over the course of the season.
The addition of Kane Vincent Young also appears to be a masterstroke and he has looked excellent on the left-hand side.
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