Stoke City v Rochdale: Carabao Cup Round Two, Wednesday 23rd August 2017 – Kick-Off 8pm
Rochdale are back on the road on Wednesday night with a trip to Stoke City’s bet365 Stadium.
Dale booked their place in the second round of the Carabao Cup after seeing off Mansfield Town in the last round, while the Potters enter the competition at this stage.
Stoke City clinched their first three points of the season on Saturday, beating Arsenal 1-0 at home thanks to a debut goal from Jese Rodriguez, who’d signed from Paris St-Germain a few days earlier.
The Potters say they’re looking to take the competition very seriously and will field a strong side for the tie. Xherdan Shaqiri has been ruled out with a slight strain, however.
Should the game go to extra-time and then penalties, fans could see two new rules in operation.
If extra-time is needed, then both managers will have the option of making a fourth substitution.
Meanwhile, if the match can’t be settled in extra-time and it goes to penalties, then the new ABBA system will be used.
Referee: Scott Duncan
Assistant Referees: Phillip Dermott & Daniel Robathan
Fourth Official: Darren Handley
Click HERE for a reminder of the ticket details. There will be a cash turnstile in operation on the night. Turnstile 55 of the Sharp Stand will be available for Dale fans. Turnstiles open 90 minutes before kick-off.
Did you know, Dale provided the opposition for the very first competitive match at the Britannia Stadium, or the bet365 Stadium as it’s now known. Read more here > https://www.rochdaleafc.co.uk/news/2017/august/flashback-stoke_1997/
This is the address, should you choose to drive to the match: Stoke City Football Club, bet365 Stadium, Stanley Matthews Way, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 4EG
For a full run down of information. Follow this link > http://www.stokecityfc.com/directions-parking
Supporters have access to the club's South and Trent car parks on Stanley Matthews Way, with limited spaces sold on a strictly first come first served basis.
Car parks will be open from 4pm. The cost is £5.
Access to the car parks is available from both the A50 and the junction for Stanley Matthews Way on Trentham Road (A5035).
Dale are 7/1 to beat the Premier League side.
Click HERE for full match odds.
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Due to the broadcasting restrictions that are in place for this competition, it is AUDIO COMMENTARY ONLY for Wednesday night’s match. That also applies to overseas fans.
The programme will start around 7.55pm. Click through into the match centre via the match centre tab located on the home page of www.rochdaleafc.co.uk on a matchday. The clickable link inside the match centre will appear half an hour before kick-off.
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