Preview: Stevenage v Rochdale

Boro hope to win at home for the first time this season

Stevenage v Rochdale

Lamex Stadium

Saturday, September 3 – 3pm ko

Season so far


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Stevenage suffered their first league defeat of the new season last weekend at MK Dons when former Boro striker Charlie MacDonald scored the only goal of the match, and as such away from home Boro’s record reads won one, drawn one, lost one.

At home Stevenage failed to win either of their first two matches and will be hoping that Rochdale, this weekend, will provide their first scalp.

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The visitors to the Lamex Stadium have had a poor start to season and currently find themselves third from bottom having yet to win a game.

Rochdale have yet to score a goal away from home in two matches but will hope that loan signing David Ball, who joined the club from Peterborough United this week, will help them get on the scoresheet at Boro.

Last weekend Rochdale lost 3-1 at home to Hartlepool United.

Team news

Ronnie Henry could return to the Stevenage squad. The right-back has been out since being injured in the draw against Chesterfield last month. Josh Walker may also play a part in tomorrow’s game after joining on loan from Watford this week.

Ball could start for Rochdale after the striker scored two goals against Stevenage for The Posh in their Carling Cup victory last month, while another loan signing, Manchester City midfielder Ahmed Benali, is likely to make the bench.

Recent form

Boro

(14th P5 W1 D3 L1 F6 A5 GD1 PTS6)

Sat, Aug 27: MK Dons 1 Boro 0

Sat, Aug 20: Boro 2 (Harrison 69, Laird 88) Hartlepool 2 (Hartley 34 Boyd 41p)

Tue, Aug 16: Bournemouth 1 (Arter 47) Boro 3 (Reid 43, Mousinho 65p, Beardsley 90+1)

Rochdale

(22nd P5 W0 D2 L3 F3 A9 GD-6 PTS2)

Sat, Aug 27: Rochdale 1 (Akpro 16) Hartlepool 3 (Boyd 7, Poole 47, 87)

Sat, Aug 20: Oldham 2 (Reid 32p, Clarke 45+3) Rochdale 0

Tue, Aug 16: Rochdale 0 Carlisle 0

Ref: David Phillips

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