Rochdale v Portsmouth: team news, predicted line-ups, form guide and big-match odds

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Sunday, 20th September 2020, 6:00 am

Here’s all the big-match information you need heading into the clash at the Amex Stadium...

Rochdale team news

Stephen Humphrys is in line to make his second debut for the Dale.

The striker returned to Spotland for an undisclosed fee from Southend earlier this month, having had a loan spell at the club earlier in his career.

Ryan McLaughlin is challenging to come back into Brian Barry-Murphy's side after being rested for their Carabao Cup loss to Sheffield Wednesday.

Former Pompey-linked midfielder Olli Rathbone is primed to start.

Predicted starting XI

Ryan Williams in action against Rochdale last season. Picture: Daniel Chesterton/PinPep

Gavin Bazunu, Ryan, McLaughlin, Eoghan O'Connell, Paul McShane, Jimmy Keohane, Aaron Morley, Matty Lund, Olli Rathbone, Stephen Dooley, Matty Done,Stephen Humphrys. Subs: Jay Lynch, Jimmy McNulty, Fabio Tavares, Lewis Bradley, Yebeah Amankwah, Ethan Brierley, Alex Newby.

Pompey team news

Callum Johnson looks set to come back into Pompey's starting line-up for the trip to Rochdale tomorrow.

The right-back missed Thursday's Carabao Cup defeat to Brighton. He was cup-tied, having represented Accrington in the competition before his £200,000 move to Fratton Park.

Johnson likely to replace James Bolton in defence.

Jack Whatmough came off with an injury against the Seagulls but Kenny Jackett allayed fears after the game.

The centre-back suffered a dead leg and was earmarked to train with the Blues on Friday.

If Whatmough is fit then it's likely Paul Downing will drop out of the match-day squad as Bolton will serve as both right-back and centre-half cover.

Michael Jacobs is expected to be involved at Spotland. The new arrival was a surprising omission at Brighton, with Jackett wanting the forward to have a full week's training under his belt, having not played any games during pre-season.

Lee Brown may also be recalled to the starting XI after Cameron Pring featured at the Amex.

Predicted starting XI

Craig MacGillivray, Callum Johnson, Jack Whatmough Sean Raggett, Lee Brown, Tom Naylor, Bryn Morris, Ryan Williams, Marcus Harness, Ronan Curtis, John Marquis.

Subs: Duncan Turnbull, James Bolton, Cameron Pring, Andy Cannon, Gareth Evans, Michael Jacobs, Ellis Harrison.

Match-day odds (Bet365)

Rochdale: 4/1

Pompey: 4/6

Draw: 3/1

Referee

Michael Salisbury

Rochdale stats

Top scorer:Jimmy Keohane, Eoghan O'Connell, Alex Newby, Fabio Tavares (1)

Most assists: Kwadwo Baah and Matt Done (1)

Pompey stats

Top scorer: Marcus Harness (2)

Most assists: Ronan Curtis (2)

Form guide

Rochdale

P4 W1 D2 L1

Past five games (including friendlies)

L 2-0 Sheffield Wednesday (H) – Carabao Cup

L 3-1 Swindon (A) – League One

W 2-1 Morecambe (A) – EFL Trophy

W 1-0 Huddersfield (A) – Carabao Cup

L 2-1 Port Vale (A) – Friendly

Pompey

P4 W1 D2 L1

Past five games (including friendlies)

L 4-0 Brighton (A) – Carabao Cup

D 0-0 Shrewsbury (H) – League One

W 2-0 Colchester (H) – EFL Trophy

W 4-0 Gosport Borough (A) – Friendly

D 3-3 Stevenage (A) – Carabao Cup (Pompey won 3-1 on penalties)

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