Rochdale will be aiming to climb off the bottom of the League Two table with a win as they travel to Blundell Park to face Grimsby Town on Saturday afternoon.
The hosts currently find themselves in 16th place in the table, having amassed 39 points from their 32 league games this campaign. Grimsby’s season seems as though it will come to nothing as the Mariners are currently 13 points above the relegation zone and 17 points beneath the playoff zone.
Grimsby’s league form may have been of second priority in recent weeks given their huge FA Cup quarter final which is soon approaching. Since their season-defining victory over Southampton, the Mariners have only recorded one point in the league.
The Mariners featured in midweek action as they hosted Newport County. John McAtee's stunning volley was not enough to earn Grimsby victory as County drew level in the second period when Priestley Farquharson bundled in a corner at the far post. Neither side could find a late winner as the game ended 1-1.
Grimsby’s home form has not been very good as of late as they are without a win at Blundell park since their game on New Year's day against Stockport. The Mariners have drawn their past three home games in the League, however, they will feel that they have every chance of a win this time out as they face a struggling Rochdale side.
It’s been a miserable season so far for Rochdale and their supporters. Two managers, just six wins and 22 defeats from their opening 35 games; the club now face the very real possibility of falling into non-league for the first time in over a century.
The Dale’s bid for survival was given a huge boost last weekend as they recorded an unexpected victory over promotion chasing Stevenage. After just seven minutes, Rochdale took a surprising lead. Abraham Odoh calmly played the ball to Devante Rodney inside the area who slotted it past Toby Savin to open the scoring.
Rochdale’s afternoon went from strength to strength, as after twenty-eight minutes, The dale doubled their lead. Abraham Odoh had plenty of space to run into after a quick break-away, before squaring the ball to Danny Lloyd to tap in from close range.
Despite significant Stevenage pressure towards the end of the game, Rochdale's defence remained resolute and managed to retain their clean sheet as the game ended 2-0. This was Rochdale’s first victory in eleven games, with their last win before this coming at the beginning of January against Bradford.
Rochdale have dominated the recent history of this fixture, having only lost one of their last ten meetings in the Football League. This run includes seven Rochdale victories and two
However, it was in the reverse fixture earlier on in the campaign where Grimsby managed to record a slender victory. The only goal of the game came in extra time when Luke Waterfall headed home a devastating winner.
Grimsby are odds on favourites ahead of this weekend’s matchup @ 17/20, whilst a surprise away victory for Rochdale is priced @ 10/3. We are backing Grimsby to win to nil because of Rochdale's dire away form this season.