Rochdale vs Burton Albion preview: How to watch, kick-off time, team news, predicted lineups and ones to watch
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Burton Albion will be looking to make it three away wins on the bounce when they travel up to Rochdale after crucially beating Charlton Athletic 2-1 in the week. 

The Brewers have won four out of their last six games and with a win this weekend they could see themselves move out of the relegation zone for the first time since October.

With a win over the The Dale, who only sit three points above them, they can put some pressure on the teams above them as it's so tight at the bottom end of the table. 

The Greater Manchester side are without a victory in five, and with the growing confidence of the away side it's set to be a tough bout. 

  • Team news

There are no fresh injury concerns for Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and he has a full squad to choose from. Albion could stick with the same team that started their midweek victory against Charlton. 

On the other hand, Rochdale top scorer Matthew Lund has joined the only other absentee Jake Beesley on the sidelines. Lund will miss out having suffering an injury against Plymouth last weekend. 

  • Predicted lineups 

Rochdale (4-4-2)

Bazanu; Done, Roberts, O'Connell, McLaughlin; Rathbone, Morley, Shaughnessy, Newby; Humphrys, Grant.

Burton (4-5-1)

Garratt; Hamer, Carter, Bostwick, Gallacher; Smith, Wallace, Clare, Edwards, Akins; Fondop-Talop.

  • Ones to watch

Ryan McLaughlin - Rochdale

Ryan McLaughlin is a Northern Ireland international bringing plenty of experience to the Dale side, arguably the most experienced player potentially on the pitch. 

Being a product of Liverpool's academy brings high expectations for a successful career. 

The pacey right-back has proved he can be hard to beat on the wing and with international experience from a young age with the Northern Ireland U16’s, it makes for an experienced professional. 

The 26-year-old can be used on either side of a back four and can also be pushed up into a right of left midfield spot. 

Mike Fondop Talom - Burton Albion

Mike Fondop stands at 6’3 and brings strength and pace to the Burton front line.

After making one start for the Brewers, his first coming in the midweek clash at Charlton, he made his name known to the fans by scoring a crucial header to level the scoring before Burton went on to win. 

The 27-year-old was hard to handle for the Charlton defenders and he could be rewarded with a second start for the visitors in a game where physical excellence will be much needed. 

  • Previous meetings 

When the two sides met at The Pirelli earlier on in the season, who else but Matty Lund scored decisive goal in a slender 1-0 win for Brian Barry-Murphy's Rochdale. 

  • How to watch 

Due to current lockdown restrictions there will be no fans in attendance at the Crown Oil Arena, this means the game will be available on iFollow via both club websites where passes can be purchased for £10. 

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