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Preview | Dale v Portsmouth

6 April 2018

Rochdale v Portsmouth | Saturday 7th April, Sky Bet League One, Crown Oil Arena, 3pm Kick-Off

Rochdale return to the Crown Oil Arena on Saturday, as Portsmouth are the visitors in Sky Bet League One.

Back-to-back wins for Keith Hill’s men have moved them to within one point of safety, and with a number of games in hand on teams around them.

Pompey currently sit just outside the playoff places, with four wins in a row pushing them up the table.

They were impressive 2-1 winners over Wigan Athletic on Easter Monday, thanks to goals from Brett Pitman and Jamal Lowe.

The two sides met on the opening day of the season, when Portsmouth ran 2-0 winners over a Dale side that were reduced to ten men early on, as Keith Keane saw red.



Keith Hill has praised the fighting qualities of his side ahead of tomorrow's game.

Click HERE to read his thoughts, or watch his full interview on iFollow, where the Gaffer talks about the remaining eight games, tomorrow's opponents, dealing with a packed fixture list, and much more.



Portsmouth manager Kenny Jackett is anticipating a tough game.

"They enjoyed a fine win at Bury on Tuesday night and before that beat a very good Shrewsbury side, which not many sides have been able to do."

Click HERE to read what he had to say on Portsmouth's official website.



Normal league prices apply for the fixture. There can be found HERE.

Supporters wishing to sit in the Main Stand must purchase a ticket from the RAFC Ticket Office before going to the turnstiles. All other areas can be accessed by paying cash through the turnstiles.



Referee: Andy Haines

Assistant Referees: Craig Taylor & Graeme Fyvie

Fourth Official: Ben Toner











Fancy a flutter? Sky Bet are offering odds of 6/4 for a Dale win against Portsmouth on Saturday.

Click HERE for the full betting preview.



Bring the kids along early to our Summer Comes Early Junior Event, where youngsters can make sand art and their own personalised pebbles!

Click HERE for full details.

The Ratcliffe Bars, situated on the Crown Oil Arena car park, is open to both home and away supporters from midday.



Coming to the Crown Oil Arena for the first time? View our first-time visitor guide HERE.



Goals from Matty Lund, Ian Henderson and Peter Vincenti gave Dale a 3-0 victory over Portsmouth on their last visit to the Crown Oil Arena.

View the goals and a selection of photos HERE.



Daniel Adshead is the cover star of Saturday’s official matchday programme, The Voice Of Spotland.

He became Dale’s youngest ever player back in September, which he talks about, amongst other matters, in his programme notes.

TVOS will be on sale in the Club Shop and around the ground on matchday, priced at £3.

Click HERE for the full preview.



Fans in the UK can listen to match audio commentary on iFollow, whilst overseas supporters can WATCH the match LIVE. The programme will start at 2.55pm.

Click HERE to subscribe to iFollow.

To access commentary/watch live via your desktop, go through our match centre. The match centre will be located on the home page of the main website ( Once you’ve clicked through, a link will appear on the left-hand side of the page for you to access the commentary. This will appear on the site around half an hour before kick-off.

We will be tweeting live updates from the match. Follow @officiallydale (Twitter and Instagram).

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