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Preview: Rochdale v Pools

2 August 2013

We preview Saturday’s opening day of the Sky Bet League Two season as Pools travel to take on Rochdale at Spotland (3pm kick-off).

Pools begin their campaign at Rochdale as part of the Football League’s 125th Anniversary celebrations – the two teams have met more times than any others in this year’s Football League.

The Opposition
Keith Hill returned to Rochdale as boss last season and successfully navigated them away from the League Two drop zone.

A more difficult task lies ahead for the popular Dale chief though as he looks to find a way of repeating the promotion the Club enjoyed back in 2009/10.

Home form was a problem for Dale last term when they managed only eight league wins at Spotland – that will have to improve if they are to mount a challenge at the top.

Hill has been able to totally overhaul his squad during the summer with a host of new signings arriving at the Club – including former favourite Matt Done.

Team News
Colin Cooper will have a number of selection decisions to make ahead of Saturday’s game, including whether striker Steve Howard is match fit enough to be included.

Last Meeting
Pools did the double over Dale last time they shared a division in 2011/12 when an early season 3-1 win at Spotland was complemented by a 2-0 triumph at The Vic.

In 2010/11 Pools began the campaign at Rochdale with a 0-0 draw though fans of both sides will be hoping for more first day entertainment this time around.

Head To Head

Pools fans can buy tickets on the turnstiles at Rochdale on the day of the game – click here now for all the information you need.

Live Commentary
We’ll have full live and uninterrupted commentary on Pools Player from 2.50pm allowing fans all over the world to keep right up to date with the action.

Click here now for information on how to join Pools Player.

.Sky BetRochdale have been made slight favourites for the win at 6/5 with Pools out at 11/5 and the draw is priced at 12/5 with title sponsors

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