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MATCH PREVIEW: WIGAN ATHLETIC V ROCHDALE

27 March 2016

Learn more about Rochdale ahead of Monday's match.

  • Latics host Rochdale at the DW Stadium, kick off 1.30pm.
  • Dale arrive in Wigan after 4-1 thrashing of Southend United and four straight victories.
  • Latics unbeaten in 17 following their own 4-1 victory against Swindon Town on Friday.
Sky Bet League One
Wigan Athletic v Rochdale
Monday 28 March 2016, kick-off 1.30pm
DW Stadium

PREVIEW


Latics are back at the DW Stadium after a stunning 4-1 victory on the road at Swindon Town on Good Friday, braced for the challenge of Rochdale who arrive in Wigan on a run of four straight victories following their own 4-1 win against Southend United at Spotland.

Gary Caldwell's Latics are on a 17-game unbeaten run, currently the longest in the Football League and one which has moved them to within four points of Sky Bet League One leaders Burton Albion.

Dale will no doubt prove a tricky test for Latics though, with Keith Hill's side eighth in the division and just four points behind the final play-off spot currently occupied by Bradford City, following a spell of six wins in seven and just one defeat in their last nine.

ROCHDALE IN 2015/16 SO FAR

Position: 8th
Last six (league): WLWWWW
Biggest win: 4-1 v Southend United (H)
Biggest defeat: 1-6 v Barnsley (A)
Home record: W11 D3 L5
Away record: W5 D6 L8
Goals scored: 55 (33H 22A)
Goals conceded: 49 (20H 29A)
Leading goal-scorer: Ian Henderson 13

TEAM NEWS

Latics were still without Jason Pearce, Conor McAleny, Michael Jacobs and Reece James for Good Friday's superb victory at Swindon, and it's not known whether any of the quartet will have recovered in time for the visit of Rochdale.

For Dale their concerns lie with Calvin Andrew who is currently still recovering from ligament damage, while Matthew Lund and Reuben Noble-Lazarus could be out for another week.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

Latics have won eight of the 16 league meetings between the two sides, drawing three and losing just five.  Monday's meeting will be the first ever at the DW Stadium, and will also be Latics' first home game against Rochdale at this level of English football, with the previous 16 meetings all coming in the bottom tier of the Football League.

Biggest win: Latics 4 Rochdale 0, 15 October 1994, Football League Division Three.

In a season that saw Latics and Rochdale finish 14th and 15th in Division Three, the October meeting couldn't have come at a better time for Latics.  With just one win in their opening 11 matches and languishing at the bottom of the Football League, goals from Ian Kilford (2), Ian Benjamin and Greg Strong gave Latics a glimmer of hope, one which would inspire them to lose just four of their next 18 games, helping to steer them to a mid-table finish.



Learn more about the history between Latics and Rochdale in the match day programme with Paul Rowley, available for £3.00 from our sellers or online now by [clicking here].

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