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Preview | Burton Albion (A)

20 December 2019

Burton Albion v Rochdale AFC | Pirelli Stadium, Sky Bet League One, Saturday 21st December 2019, 3:00pm Kick-Off

Dale return to league action on Saturday with a trip to face Burton Albion.

Brian Barry-Murphy’s men have recorded back-to-back wins, away to Rotherham United and Boston United, with a third successive away trip this weekend.

Burton are currently 16th in Sky Bet League One, two points and two places above Dale. An away win would see Dale leapfrog their opponents.



Dale fans who didn’t purchase a ticket in advance can pay on the day at the Pirelli Stadium on Saturday.

Tickets can be purchased from the Ticket Office in the Main Stand. Click HERE for full details.



Burton have provided an Away Fans’ guide to the Pirelli Stadium, with information on getting to the ground, catering, pre-match activities and more. Click HERE to view.



Referee | Graham Salisbury

Assistant Referees | David Benton & Danny Gratton

Fourth Official | Ravel Cheosiaua



Sky Bet are offering odds of 9/2 for a Dale win on Saturday.

Don’t forget that Sky Bet customers who select Rochdale as their favourite team on their Sky Bet profile, for every losing bet made, 50% of the stake will be passed on to the Club!

Click HERE for the full betting preview.





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Match Reports

Report | Burton Albion 3-1 Dale

21 December 2019

Dale were beaten 3-1 on Saturday, losing to Nigel Clough’s Burton Albion at the Pirelli Stadium.

Despite Callum Camps’ early goal, Burton scored three goals courtesy of Ryan Edwards, followed by a Lucas Akins penalty and then a Liam Boyce strike, ensuring all three points for the Brewers.

The first chance of the match went the way of Dale, and it was the breakthrough, with Camps volleying home following a Rekeil Pyke flick on.

Burton went close when Liam Boyce headed the ball down to Scott Fraser whose shot was expertly blocked by Eoghan O’Connell.

The hosts got their equaliser when Colin Daniel’s cross was scuffed by Boyce, falling kindly for Edwards to finish from close range.

Akins did well to hold the ball up, before laying off to Fraser who shot well over the bar.

The home side were given the chance to take the lead when they were awarded a penalty – when O’Connell was adjudged to have tripped Daniel as he broke into the Dale box.

Akins stepped up and made no mistake, slamming the ball into the roof of the net.

Oliver Sarkic then found space down the right, but his shot lacked power and was easily held by Sánchez.

Stephen Dooley was introduced following an injury to Ollie Rathbone, and Dooley went close when his deflected effort landed in the hands of Kieran O’Hara in the Burton goal.

Shortly before half-time, Jimmy Keohane fizzed a ball across the Burton goal, but it was just too out of reach of the onrushing Dale forwards.

Into the second half, Boyce threatened again for Burton when his left-footed shot stung the palms of Sánchez, before the Spaniard gathered at the second attempt.

Rhys Norrington-Davies found space down the left, before crossing exquisitely to Pyke, who couldn’t hit the target with a header from close range.

Sánchez once again denied Boyce, with a superb save down to his left, following a glancing header.

Dale went close following a corner, when Matty Done’s effort clipped the crossbar before going behind.

The woodwork denied Dale once more, when Keohane’s low strike from the edge of the area cannoned back out off the post.

Burton went close to grabbing a third when Joe Sbarra fired over after the ball fell to him following an Akins cross.

Minutes later, Burton did score a third and it was Boyce who got it, nicking the ball past O’Connell before his shot squirmed its way through the hands of Sánchez.

Dale almost pulled a goal back through Aaron Wilbraham, his sliced volley going wide.

Brian Barry-Murphy’s men are next in action against Fleetwood Town at the Crown Oil Arena on Boxing Day (26th of December 3pm K.O), with ticket details available HERE.

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