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Wigan Athletic need this midfield 5 to be on their A-game today against Charlton Athletic

Wigan Athletic will be hoping to win their first game, since defeating Cardiff City at home on the opening day. Charlton Athletic visit the DW Stadium, after enjoying a brilliant start to the season.

Last time out, the Latics drew 2-2 away at Hull City thanks to goals from Chey Dunkley and Joe Gelhardt, while The Addicks slipped to their first defeat of the season at home to Birmingham City.

Let’s take a look at how Wigan’s midfield might look today…

Captain Sam Morsy will adopt his usual role in midfield, and play the key role of winning the ball back to allow our creative players as much possession as possible. Since returning from injury, the Egyptian international has slotted back in well.

Alongside him will be Joe Williams who has been our best player in the past two matches. Since coming back into the side following his red card against Leeds United on debut, he has been outstanding. Works hard, a ball winner and also a very good footballer that likes to attack, too.

Jamal Lowe has been tried in the number 10 role, in my opinion, he looks better when playing on the right. Get him 1 vs 1 against his left-back to really exploit his pace and trickery, and I think we’ll see the best of him.

I’d like to see Lewis Macleod given a go in the number 10 spot, he played defensive midfield when Morsy was absent. However, he wasn’t physical enough, he’d be better suited further forward where he can use his ability on the ball to create chances.

Finally, Michael Jacobs will line-up on the left, he looked back to his best on an opening day against Cardiff but has faded since – we need a big performance from him today.

2 changes that Rochdale should make against Fleetwood to bring home the 3 points

Rochdale drew 1-1 at home to Lincoln City in mid-week. Stephen Dooley opened the scoring before Tyler Walker levelled late to grab his side a valuable away point.

Brian Barry-Murphy will head to Fleetwood Town with the aim of returning with three points, that could propel the Dale back into the top half.

Let’s take a look at how the gaffer might tweak his side today…

I expect Aaron Morley to return to the starting line-up today. The midfielder started the season well, bagging goals against Carlisle United and Southend United in consecutive matches. With Rochdale being largely reliant on Ian Henderson for their goals, it’s important they utilise other sources if they arise. Morley has shown a liking for getting forward this season, and he’s added that extra that quality to his game.

Jimmy Ryan may regain his place in central midfield for the trip to Highbury. Fleetwood is a tough place to go, and they play with energy and strong attacking intensity. Ryan has experience of playing at this level and knows how to take control of games. The veteran is a good ball-winner and retains possession well.

Although youngsters like Callum Camps have enjoyed brilliant starts to the season, Ryan’s experience and knowledge are invaluable in games like today.

Rochdale have lost just two league games so far, from eight, both to sides with significantly bigger budgets, Peterborough and Sunderland. The Dale haven’t got the points they deserve so far. However, their performances must be pleasing staff and supporters, and they’re scoring goals which is good.

A win at Fleetwood would give a huge morale boost to everyone at the club, and see Rochdale climb back into the top-half, results depending.

League One’s ‘Man City’ Rochdale looking to keep up their style of play with this midfield against Peterborough

Rochdale will be looking for back-to-back league wins after defeating Southend United 0-3 at Roots Hall, last time out.

The Dale have started the season in good form, however hoping to convert draws into wins, which will see them compete for a top-six finish come May.

League One fans are starting to take note of this side and manager. Rochdale plays very good football and is certainly a team on the up.

They face Peterborough on Saturday, let’s look at how their midfield may line-up…

Jordan Williams will again be at the heart of a solid Rochdale midfield. The former Liverpool youngster has been a fantastic addition to Brian Barry Murphy’s side. A tough tackler, who is also a very good footballer and one that could probably play at a level above, easily. Callum Camps is enjoying the season of his life, scoring four goals in six games so far this campaign. The midfielder is working towards a Northern Ireland call-up.

Stephen Dooley will probably start on the right side of midfield. A player that offers an attacking threat, however, is also recognised for his defensive abilities. On the left side will likely be Matt Done. A player that contributes with goals and assists, he links up well with Ian Henderson, who scores a majority of their goals.

Finally, Aaron Morley, similarly to Camps, is in the form of his life. The young midfielder has scored in his last two league games, and is enjoying that free role which allows him to get forward and express himself.

It will be a tough test at London Road, however if Rochdale play like they can, I see them getting a positive result from the game.

Rochdale needs BBM to keep achieving these 2 things in 2019

Rochdale is having a good run in League One under Brian Barry Murphy. The Football Manc Cave is looking at what he needs to achieve before the end of 2019.

I’m not a Rochdale fan but I am happy for them and their manager. I wrote a lot about what he would need to do to succeed at the Dale over the summer. Now his plan and hard work are showing in his results and the league table.

They recently beat Southend 3-0, drew with Blackpool 0-0 and lost to Sunderland 2-1. They sit 11th in the league with 9 points from 6 games. It’s impressive but it’s also early doors, what will Brian Barry-Murphy need to do to keep up this form?

Keep Working On Squad and Player Performances

It’s clear that he’s got a good plan of action on the training ground and off. Whatever he’s doing is working and Rochdale is performing well. However, sometimes certain players can drop or the squad can take a knock. So the mentality that he’s got his players in now will need to be kept up, in order to keep them climbing the league.

He’s a relatively calm character who just wants his squad to get the job done. The players all seem to respect him and this is probably why results are going in their favour. He just needs to keep the squads individual and team performances at the same standard and help them improve.

Keep Goal Difference At a Positive

In the league, they currently have a +3 goal difference. Their performances are steady and consistent so my prediction is that they will continue to work for a mid-table place or higher. One big factor in this league that determines places is goal difference. Being on a plus total in early stages of the season is great. BBM just needs to keep that how it is, so they don’t start slipping down the league.

When you look at their recent form, they aren’t conceding many. If they keep this up, they will continue to do well.

2 key Man City u23’s that will cause Rochdale problems tonight

The future of Man City will face Rochdale in the Leasing.com Trophy and two youngsters, in particular, will be looking to make a name for themselves in this local derby…

Man City could begin to bring players through the youth system as opposed to buying in talent, which would give the club more status in world football. The Leasing.com Trophy gives an opportunity for young talent to face experienced first-team players from lower leagues.

In their first game of the group stage of the competition, Man City u23s will face a decent Rochdale side at Spotland Stadium.

In a tough game against a confident side in a harsh league, the youth of Man City needs to put in a professional display. However, there are 2 players in particular who will put in a huge performance against Rochdale…

Benjamin Garre

Garre, 19, came from Argentina in 2016 to join up with Man City’s academy. This old-fashioned winger has a certain style of play that doesn’t come around so often in modern football, making him a project for the future.

With his contract expiring at the end of the season, Garre must impress this season. Performing against people his age might not be enough to convince Guardiola that the winger can come close to the first team any time soon. However, a successful run in a competition against experienced players will allow him to prove otherwise.

Iker Pozo

Pozo was a part of the Real Madrid youth academy before joining Man City in 2012. Being part of both of these academies tells you how highly this 19-year-old midfielder is rated.

The Spaniard plays as a defensive midfielder. In a game where they could be considered the underdogs, being attacked heavily by Rochdale is probably on the cards.

This will give Pozo a perfect opportunity to prove his defensive skills. Putting himself in the mind of Guardiola, as someone who could one-day rival Rodri for his defensive midfield position.

These 2 Rochdale youngsters are guaranteed to cause Man City u23s problems

Rochdale has had an average start to the season, but certain performances from certain players show that they can cause their opponents an issue or two on their day…

Rochdale have won two, drawn three and lost one league game in EFL League One so far, leaving them in eleventh place. With regards to Rochdale’s usual form, things are actually on the up in Rochdale this season.

When The Dale beat Bolton 5-2 in the Football League Trophy, the weakness of their opponent doesn’t give much insight as to how Rochdale will cope with the competition.

However, some performances from their young players have given an insight as to what Rochdale could offer this season. These 2 youngsters, in particular, could see them surpass Man City u23s in the next round of the Football League Trophy…

Callum Camps

This 23-year-old local lad striker will be keen to put in a good performance against Man City u23s. He has 2 goals and 3 assists in 6 games so far in League One and is fast becoming one of competition’s most prolific forwards.

Aaron Morley

Morley, who is only 19, has become a first-choice midfielder for Barry-Murphy’s side. He has featured in 5 league games, scoring 2 goals and putting in some fantastic performances.

With Morley in the middle of the park and Camps up top, Rochdale’s attacking threat could be brutal over the coming years should they keep hold of these talents. Should they both feature against Man City u23s, they will most certainly cause their fellow footballing youngsters some serious problems.

Bury and Bolton fans asked for their biggest rivals – the results may surprise many

A recent poll published by ‘The League of love and hate’ claims Bury’s greatest rivals lies only a few miles around the corner. No surprise geography wins out claiming the Shakers greatest rivals are Bolton Wanderers, polling at 73%, a clear winner.

Although games between these two clubs have been few and far between over recent years, mainly due to the Wanderers time in the Premier League whilst Bury were in League One or Two. Fans of the club still loved a calendar marking game in the year whenever these teams met.

If only it was a coincidence that this poll has launched in the past few days, both teams were due to meet this weekend at the UniBol stadium in front of the Sky Sports cameras.

The less said of Bury and their financial trouble for now, but these games mean so much to the die-hard fans who bleed white and blue blood.

Bolton’s main rivals

This poll will come as little surprise to football fans, although the rivalry may excite Bury more than Bolton. For Wanderers fans, Bury come in as their fifth-biggest rival with just 49% of the vote. Even Oldham is a greater foe for Keith Hill’s side coming in at 51%.

They believe worldwide giants Manchester United are their biggest enemy, despite a lack of encounters over the past decade, as the Whites have tumbled down the football league ladder.

Also on the list following Bolton comes Rochdale (69%) and Oldham (60%), games that have been a far more prominent season in, season out. Yet Bury doesn’t feature as a rival where the Boundary Park faithful is concerned. Man United, Huddersfield Town and Blackburn all come across as a greater rival than that of the Shakers.

However, the recently expelled EFL club will be much missed by Rochdale in the future, as derby day between these football clubs is THE game as far as the opinions of the Dale fans go.

74% of fans prefer days at Gigg Lane than any other club, although fellow Greater Manchester club Oldham is also well thought of.

‘The League of Love And Hate’ produced this on polled Bury FC fans.

Bolton (73%) Rochdale (69%) Oldham (60%) Wigan (49%) Blackburn (44%)

Two deadline day signings that will make the biggest impact at Bolton

Monday was a busy day for Bolton Wanderers as they made 9 new signings. The Football Manc Cave has now picked out two players from the bunch who will make the biggest impact at the club.

The new additions consisted of; Thibaud Verlinden, Liam Bridcutt, Will Buckley, Jake Wright, Ali Crawford, Chris O’Grady, Josh Emmanuel, Joe Bunney and Daryl Murphy.

Before we go into the two who we think will make the biggest impact, I’d just like to say how nice it is to be able to write about Bolton as a football team again. About signings and their new manager, rather than what deadline the EFL have set them this week or which deal has fallen through. Thank God it’s over.

Here are the two signings who will make the difference for Bolton…

Daryl Murphy

The 36-year-old striker has a long list of experience. Bolton fans were waiting for his signature announcement all day yesterday and when it finally happened, everyone was happy. He’s had spells at Sunderland, Ipswich and Nottingham Forest were he’s managed to find the back of the net quite a few times. He’s also had appearances for his national team, Ireland. When Bolton fans were looking for information on him, they found out that he is well suited to league one football and will be one to watch.

Thibaud Verlinden

One of the most exciting signings that the club made yesterday in my opinion. The 20-year-old winger has joined the Trotters on a loan basis until the end of the season. Another player who has impressed to an international level and had caps for Belgium’s youth ranks.

He is a player who Stoke fans congratulated the team on as they also believe that he is a great signing. Those fans believe that the 20-year-old should have been playing in Stoke’s first-team squad. Hopefully, his ability will take Bolton to the next level in their fresh start and gain some playing experience for when he returns to Stoke when his loan is up.

‘Wanted Nolan but give Keith a chance, Rome wasn’t built in day’ Bolton Wanderers fans happy to be patient

Bolton Wanderers are finally out of the dark, and the appointment of
Keith Hill taking the managers job was sure to bring some big reactions.

Bolton fans were extremely relieved and happy to find out that they wouldn’t be going into liquidation or being removed from the league, because the take over has gone through.

To add to that good news, the club announced their new manager. Names like Kevin Nolan were being thrown around but it was Keith Hill who won the race.

Bolton fans are excited to see what will happen from now on. Here’s your reactions…

‘Absolutely buzzing! Up the Dale’ Rochdale fans excited by 3rd round draw

Rochdale will travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United in the third round of the EFL Cup.

The Dale have enjoyed a super start to the season, losing just one of their opening seven games, in all competitions.

Brian Barry Murphy’s side booked their place in the round, after beating Carlisle United on Tuesday night, thanks to goals from Aaron Morley and Matt Done.

Let’s see how their fans reacted to the draw…

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