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Rochdale and Colchester meet at the Crown Oil Arena to battle it out for three League Two points on Friday. Read our predictions and find the latest odds for the clash below in our expert match preview.
Rochdale vs Colchester- Free Betting Tips & Predictions
Colchester are targeting their second away win on the spin when they visit Rochdale on Friday. Read our top three predictions for this week’s League Two fixture below.
- Double Chance
- Draw or Colchester
- Both Teams to Score
- Match Handicap
- Colchester +1 Goal
The odds presented here are always subject to change. One should check with the bookmaker before placing the bet. These odds are provided by William Hill, our recommended bookmaker for the big game.
Colchester Double Chance
Colchester finally secured their first win of the new season last weekend when they pocketed a victory thanks to a 2-1 win at Oldham and we’re tipping them to put more points on the board on Friday. Their opponents Rochdale were involved in Carabao Cup action on Tuesday and with the short turnaround between games likely to affect energy levels in their wafer-thin squad, Colchester can take advantage.
Both Teams to Score
Clean sheets have been thin on the ground for both Rochdale and Colchester this term and the clubs have earned just three shutouts in ten fixtures combined since the summer. Neither backline looks robust enough to improve that record on Friday and we recommend backing both teams to find the net at the Crown Oil Arena.
Colchester +1 Goal
Rochdale endured a miserable, winless pre-season campaign on their own patch and unfortunately for The Dale, they have carried that poor form into their competitive assignments at home. Rochdale have yet to win a game at the Crown Oil Arena and they have scored just once in 180 minutes of football there. That inability to create chances in front of their own fans makes Colchester an excellent price in the +1 goal handicap market on Friday.
Rochdale vs Colchester: Match Preview
Most observers listed Rochdale among their favourites to go down this season and The Dales’ return of one point from their first three League Two tussles was certainly relegation standard. Robbie Stockdale’s men managed to win at Northampton last time out however and they followed up their first League Two success of the campaign with a 2-0 win at Shrewsbury in the Carabao Cup in midweek.
Colchester have started relatively slowly this season, though they did manage to take something from three of their first four League Two tests. Their first victory – which came at Oldham last weekend – came hot on the heels of their draw with Mansfield, a result that was secured with a last-gasp Freddie Sears spotkick, and that late reprieve seems to have kicked their confidence up a level.
Top Betting Odds and Stats for Rochdale vs Colchester
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Rochdale vs Colchester Coverage and Frequently Asked Questions
What stadium will the match be played at?
Friday’s game will be played at the Crown Oil Arena.
When does this fixture kick off?
The game is scheduled to start at 20:45 CET (GMT +1) on August 27.
Who will referee this weekend’s fixture?
Rebecca Welch will take charge of Friday’s game.