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Preview | Eastleigh (H)

18 August 2023

Match Previews

Preview | Eastleigh (H)

18 August 2023

Rochdale AFC vs Eastleigh | Vanarama National League, Saturday 19th August, Crown Oil Arena, 3pm Kick-Off

Dale return to the Crown Oil Arena this weekend, as Eastleigh come to town.

Get ready for the game by reading all of the pre-match build-up below.

MATCHDAY GUIDE

Coming to Saturday’s game? Check out all of the information you need to make the most of your visit HERE.

INTERVIEWS

Kairo Mitchell was on pre-match press duties. He says the squad believe in the way they play and that they should have more points from our opening three games.

Click HERE to watch his interview in full, or HERE to read what he had to say.

THE OPPOSITION

This is Eastleigh’s tenth consecutive season at National League level following their promotion in 2014.

The Spitfires finished ninth last season, missing out on a playoff spot by just four points.

They have added 11 new faces to the squad, which includes a lot of EFL experience, with the likes of midfielders Jake Taylor and Enzio Boldewijn.

Former Sunderland man Chris Maguire also joined in the summer, as did striker Scott Quigley, who was on loan with Dale last season.

Lee Bradbury’s side have started the season with three consecutive draws, including fighting back from 3-0 down at half-time against Barnet on Tuesday to draw 3-3.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

This will be the first ever meeting between the two sides.

MAN IN THE MIDDLE

Jason Richardson will be the referee for Saturday’s game. It is his second season at National League level.

Zharir Mustafa and Mark Ryder are assistant referees, with Mark Hanson as fourth official.

FOLLOW THE ACTION

Those fans based in the UK & Ireland can listen to live match commentary, whilst overseas supporters can watch live via the National League TV platform. Click HERE for full details.

There will also be live updates via the club’s official twitter account.

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