David Wagner’s Huddersfield Town side will make the short trip over to Greater Manchester on Saturday to face Rochdale in the Fourth Round of the Emirates FA Cup.
With almost half of all Premier League teams eliminated from the competition in the Third Round, progress to the last 16 of the competition now looks even more appealing for both of these sides.
Huddersfield Town advanced to this stage following a comfortable 4-0 win over Port Vale at the John Smith’s Stadium. Jack Payne (2), Kasey Palmer and Harry Bunn were all on the score sheet for the Terriers. This was Town’s biggest win in the competition since defeating Macclesfield Town 6-0 in November 2010.
Manager Keith Hill (below) has his Rochdale side flying high in the Sky Bet League 1 play-off places after an impressive start to the season. During the first half of the campaign, Hill’s men have gone on two winning streaks of over five matches, one stretching along seven matches in all competitions.
Rochdale has saw off Maidstone United, Carlisle United and Barrow on route to the Fourth Round of the Emirates FA Cup. In total, Dale has won an impressive seven fixtures in cup competitions so far this season in the Emirates FA Cup, EFL Cup and the Checkatrade Trophy.
Last weekend Rochdale were beaten 4-0 by Oxford United, its first defeat at the Crown Oil Arena since August. Peterborough and MK Dons are the only other sides to win there. Staggeringly, despite all of this, it took until Saturday 17 September for Hill and his team to get their first three points of the season.
Rochdale currently sits sixth in League 1 with 45 points from 27 games, winning 14 matches.
ROCHDALE: PLAYERS TO WATCH
Ian Henderson scored both goals for Rochdale away at Barrow in the last round of the competition and is the Club’s top scorer this season. He has contributed to 19 goals for Keith Hill’s side so far.
Former Manchester United youngster Oliver Rathbone has impressed since joining Dale at the start of the season. In November the midfielder scored his first senior goal in a 4-0 win over Walsall.
Ex-Northern Ireland youth international Callum Camps (above) continues to impress in the Rochdale midfield. The 21 year-old has three goals to his name so far this campaign including one in the Emirates FA Cup against Maidstone United – a last-gasp goal to earn his team a First Round replay.
ROCHDALE: JANUARY TRANSFERS
After impressing on loan from Cambridge United, Keith Keane signed a permanent deal at Rochdale at the start of the month. Keane began his professional career with his hometown team Luton Town and made almost 400 competitive appearances in a nine year stay with the Hatters.
Recently Rochdale has announced the loan signing of striker Jack Redshaw from Blackpool, while winger Sanmi Odelusi has returned to his parent club Wigan Athletic.
ROCHDALE’S LAST LEAGUE LINE-UP (4-4-2):
GK Conrad Logan
LB Scott Tanser
CB Jim McNulty
CB Harrison McGahey
RB Joe Rafferty
LM Nathaniel Mendez-Laing
CM Callum Camps (c)
CM Jamie Allen
RM Andy Cannon
FC Calvin Andrew
FC Ian Henderson
ROCHDALE: TEAM NEWS
Brian Barry-Murphy is a long-term absentee for Rochdale who is expected to be out for the rest of the season after snapping his achilles in the Checkatrade Trophy against Hartlepool United in November. The 38 year-old also doubles up as Dale’s First Team Coach and will remain a part of the coaching staff during his recovery according to Manager Keith Hill.
Peter Vincenti may earn a full return following a lengthy spell on the sidelines. He played for 45 minutes in Rochdale’s Lancashire Senior Cup win over Everton two weeks ago and came on as a substitute in the defeat to Oxford United last weekend.
Defender Jim McNulty is a doubt after being forced off with an injury against Oxford, whilst new signing Jack Redshaw could be in line to make his first appearance in his second spell at the Club.
HUDDERSFIELD TOWN: TEAM NEWS
Kasey Palmer and Aaron Mooy were both ruled out of last weekend’s win over Ipswich Town, however, both may be back in training this week. While Jack Payne will miss out through suspension.
New signing Collin Quaner (below) could make his debut for Huddersfield Town after joining the Club on Friday 20 January
Sean Scannell and Joe Murphy will both be ruled out through injury. Scannell is likely to return from injury in March.
Huddersfield has lost just twice in 22 meetings with Rochdale. The most recent of this duo of exceptions came in the 2010/11 season when Town were beaten 3-0.
The last time the two teams met was in March 2012, when goals from Danny Ward and Jordan Rhodes earned Town a point in a 2-2 draw in front of 13,715 supporters.
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