FM Preview: Walsall v Rochdale 26 Feb 2011

Footymad preview
History of the Walsall v Rochdale fixture

Rochdale travel to take on Walsall at Banks's Stadium on Saturday afternoon, hoping to improve upon an average previous return from this fixture. Of the 25 games played, Dale have recorded 8 wins, and Walsall have come away with 12 victories.

The last time the two teams met at Walsall was just over four years ago, in February 2007, where the two sides shared the spoils courtesy of a 1 - 1 final scoreline in a League Two match.

For a detailed analysis of the head-to-head between the two sides, click here

Recent encounters between the teams:
2010/2011Sat 11 SepRochdale3 - 2WalsallLGE1
2006/2007Sat 03 FebWalsall1 - 1RochdaleLGE2
2006/2007Sat 05 AugRochdale0 - 1WalsallLGE2
1994/1995Sat 15 AprWalsall0 - 0RochdaleLGE2
1994/1995Tue 27 DecRochdale0 - 2WalsallLGE2
1994/1995Sat 12 NovWalsall3 - 0RochdaleFAC
1993/1994Sat 15 JanWalsall1 - 0RochdaleLGE2

Recent respective form guides

Walsall have managed to pick up just two wins from their last six home games, losing three, A generous 10 goals have been both scored and conceded in this period.

The away form of Rochdale however, is much more impressive, with 3 victories and just 1 loss from the last six. The Dale's have a narrow positive goal difference over these games, with 7 goals for and 5 against.

Walsall are stuck down in the relegation zone of Npower League One with a return of just 30 points from their 32 games thus far. Rochdale's 44 points from 29 games sees them lie inside the top half of the table, in 10th position.

For a detailed analysis of team form guides throughout the leagues, click here

Current form guides:PWDLFAP

FootyMad's prediction ...

Dale have been performing with great credit on their travels, and the Madmen see no reason why they should not return from Banks's Stadium with an easy victory. Away win

Sequence statistics:
Walsall 4 games since last home draw.
Not drawn a match in their last 4 .
Rochdale Previous 2 away games have finished all-square.
Not won in previous 2 away matches.
11 games since last defeat.