Rochdale captured everyone’s imagination in the FA Cup this season, beating Bromley, Slough, Doncaster, and Millwall and then picking up an impressive 2-2 draw at home to giants Spurs. They finally got a trip to Wembley in the form of a replay against Tottenham, but despite holding their own in the first half and playing some good football, they were eventually overpowered and lost 6-1.
Now their attentions can turn back to League One, where their performances haven’t quite matched that level. In fact, The Dale lie all the way down in 22nd position and have a seven point deficit of safety.
Admittedly they have got at least three games in hand on all the other teams in the bottom half, but whether they can take advantage of these games in hand is another question entirely. For the moment, they are looking like they could face serious trouble towards the end of the season.
Rochdale have seen some success recently though, following their FA Cup exit with back to back wins away to Walsall and Rotherham. However, at home they are winless in four games in League One. The hosts put three past Tottenham over two games, but in League One they have managed just over a goal per game on average and have only scored two in their last four at home. Fortunately they are pretty good at the back at the Spotland Stadium as well.
Southend are having similar scoring issues. The visitors played out a goalless draw against Doncaster Rovers on Saturday to follow on from a 3-0 loss against Walsall. This leaves the visitors 13th after an impressive run of form, and with just nine points separating them from the playoff zone, they will still be hoping to mount a late challenge for promotion to The Championship.
Goals could be at a premium on Tuesday though. Rochdale’s league performance has been a polar opposite to the team we saw in the FA Cup, and Southend struggle going forward too. Ten of The Dale’s last 15 home games in the league have seen fewer than three goals scored, as have eight of Southend’s last 11 on the road. This makes an Under 2.5 Goals bet look the best option, so we’re going for that alongside a goalless draw for our correct score predictions.
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