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Preview | Sunderland (H)

5 April 2019

Match Previews

Preview | Sunderland (H)

5 April 2019

Rochdale v Sunderland | Crown Oil Arena, Sky Bet League One, Saturday 6th April 2019, 3pm Kick-Off

Dale welcome Sunderland to the Crown Oil Arena for the first time in Sky Bet League One on Saturday.

Brian Barry-Murphy was appointed as Dale’s permanent Manager on Wednesday, after two wins and two draws from his four games in temporary charge.

That run has seen Dale move level on points and with a game in hand on Southend United, who occupy 20th place in the table.

The Black Cats boosted their promotion push during the week with a 3-0 win over Accrington Stanley. They’re now three points off the automatic promotion spots, with two games in hand.



Brian Barry-Murphy spoke about Saturday’s match after his appointment as permanent Manager on Wednesday.

Click HERE to read what he had to say ahead of the game, or watch his full interview on iFollow Dale for HERE for FREE.



“The reality is that we are playing a team who has as much to play for as us at this stage of the season,” said Sunderland Manager Jack Ross.

Click HERE to read what he had to say in full on Sunderland’s official website.



Saturday’s game is ALL TICKET. There will be NO cash turnstiles in operation.

Tickets for the match are available from the RAFC Ticket Office until 11.30am on Saturday. Tickets must be bought in-person only – there will be no telesales on matchday.

Normal league prices apply for the fixture, which you can find HERE.



For details on turnstiles, ticket collections, parking, road closures, bars and much more, check out our Matchday Arrangements HERE.



Are you a first-time visitor to the Crown Oil Arena? Click HERE for all of the information you may need in order to plan your visit and make the most of the matchday experience at Rochdale Football Club!



If you are a Sunderland fan making your way to the Crown Oil Arena for Saturday’s game, click HERE and have a read of our Visiting Supporters’ Guide which is packed full of useful information!



There’s a FREE Junior Event in the Carlsberg Lounge before Saturday’s game, where youngsters can make their own coasters! Click HERE for full details.

Don't forget to give our mascot a warm reception! Click HERE to view our preview of what the Community Trust have on.

The Dale Bar is CLOSED pre-match on Saturday. The Ratcliffe Suite will be open from 11am, but supporters are advised to arrive early as once it is at full capacity, there will be no further admission.

Home and away supporters are welcome. 



The Ratcliffe Suite and the Carlsberg Lounge will both be open for one hour after the full-time whistle.

Final scores from the afternoon’s games and the Grand National will be shown LIVE on our giant screens.



Referee | Carl Boyeson

Assistant Referees | David Avent & Kevin Mulraine

Fourth Official | Billy Smallwood



Sky Bet are offering odds of 3/1 for a Dale win on Saturday.

Click HERE for the full betting preview.



Rochdale AFC’s matchday programme – The Voice of Spotland – is back on Saturday, with Ethan Ebanks-Landell as the cover star!

Purchase from the Club Shop and around the ground on matchday for just £3. Click HERE to read 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 2.45pm.

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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