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Preview | Ebbsfleet United (H)

4 August 2023

Match Previews

Preview | Ebbsfleet United (H)

4 August 2023

Rochdale AFC vs Ebbsfleet United | Vanarama National League, Saturday 5th August, Crown Oil Arena, 5.30pm Kick-Off

The start of a new season has arrived!

Dale welcome Ebbsfleet United to the Crown Oil Arena on Saturday, in our opening Vanarama National League game.

Both sides are newcomers to the division, following our relegation and The Fleet’s promotion from National League South.

The match is being broadcast live on TNT Sports, with a later kick-off time of 5.30pm.

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

INTERVIEWS

Jimmy McNulty says there is a sense of excitement amongst the squad and supporters ahead of Saturday’s game.

Click HERE to watch the Head Coach’s full pre-match interview, or read his quotes HERE.

Club captain Ethan Ebanks-Landell also previewed the season opener. You can watch his interview HERE.

TEAM NEWS

Dale’s only injury worry is Kyle Ferguson, who suffered a knock in our pre-season win at Tranmere Rovers.

The centre-back has returned to light training this week, but McNulty says he will be “touch and go” for the weekend.

THE OPPOSITION

Ebbsfleet romped to the National League South title last season, notching up 103 points and scoring 110 goals as they earned promotion back to the National League level for the first time since 2020.

They have since added eight new faces to the squad, including the likes of Hayden White and David Amoo, who were playing in League Two last season for Walsall and Crewe Alexandra respectively.

Dominic Poleon, who scored 35 goals in 43 games last term, extended his contract with The Fleet, but will miss Saturday’s game as he serves the final game of a three-match suspension.

You can watch Ebbsfleet boss Dennis Kutrieb look ahead to Saturday’s game HERE.

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HEAD-TO-HEAD

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

Pick up a copy of our official matchday programme, The Voice Of Spotland, tomorrow, to see which other teams we have faced for the first time in our history on the opening day. Click HERE for the TVOS preview.

MAN IN THE MIDDLE

Garreth Rhodes will be the referee for Saturday’s game. It is his sixth season at National League level.

Oliver Nolan and Jonathan Wyatt are assistant referees, with Shaun Taylor as fourth official.

FOLLOW THE ACTION

The match is being broadcast live on TNT Sports, with their programme getting underway at 5pm.

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.

MATCHDAY GUIDE

Looking forward to attending Saturday’s game? Make the most of your visit to the Crown Oil Arena by reading our Matchday Guide HERE.

The guide includes everything you need to know about admission details, pre-match activities, turnstiles and much more.

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