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Preview | Sunderland (A)

21 September 2018

Match Previews

Preview | Sunderland (A)

21 September 2018

Sunderland v Rochdale | Stadium of Light, Sky Bet League One, Saturday 22nd September 2018, 3pm Kick-Off

Dale make their first ever visit to Sunderland’s Stadium of Light on Saturday in Sky Bet League One.

Keith Hill’s men are unbeaten in four and also unbeaten on the road in the league so far, and head into the game off the back of a 3-0 win over Gillingham last weekend.

After three wins and a draw from their first four league games, the Black Cats have gone three without a win, including their first defeat at Burton Albion last weekend.

Over 1,000 tickets have already been purchased by Dale supporters for the game, with the option to pay on the day at the Stadium of Light, too. Thank you for your support!



Keith Hill has been on pre-match interview duties this week.

iFollow subscribers can watch his interview HERE, whilst there are FREE versions of the interview available HERE.



Sunderland boss Jack Ross spoke of his respect for the work his counterpart Hill has done at Dale.

“I’ve got an enormous amount of respect for what Keith Hill has done there, as his record has been terrific in terms of gaining the club promotions and establishing themselves in this league.

“They obviously had a good result last week and their away record is very good as well. It will be another tough game for us.”

Click HERE to read what Ross had to say on Sunderland’s official website.



Supporters who didn’t purchase in advance from the RAFC Ticket Office can pay on the day at the Stadium of Light.

Click HERE for admission details, including prices.



For a full stadium guide to the Stadium of Light, visit Sunderland’s website by clicking HERE.

The away end where Dale fans will be housed is on the top tier, so for elderly and disabled supporters there is a lift that is available in the Black Cats Bar that they can use.

Stewards at the Stadium of Light will have lift passes which fans can collect on arrival, or if supporters ask stewards at the entrance of the Black Cats Bar you can use the lift for entry.

Post Code | Stadium Of Light, Sunderland, SR5 1SU.



Sunderland have a fanzone outside the stadium available for all supporters to use before kick-off. It opens at 12pm and will close 15 minutes before kick-off. It includes catering kiosks to purchase food and drink, as well as games and activities for supporters, including a street football pitch and PlayStations with FIFA 18.

Click HERE for full details on Sunderland’s website.



Referee | Trevor Kettle

Assistant Referees | Geoffrey Liddle & Simon Clayton

Fourth Official | David Avent



Sky Bet are offering odds of 29/10 for a Dale victory on Saturday.

Click HERE for the full betting 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 2.45pm.

Click HERE to subscribe to iFollow.

To access commentary/watch live via your desktop, click on the 'iFollow' tab on our navigation bar. Hover over the 'More' tab and more selections will appear, which is where the 'iFollow' tab is located. 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 and will go behind-the-scenes with our Instagram Story feature. Follow @officiallydale (Twitter and Instagram).

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