Although both Rochdale and Oldham have been in some high-scoring games of late there is a strong possibility that defences may come out on top when the pair clash in League One’s only game this weekend.
With many of their League One rivals in FA Cup action, Oldham could jump into third in the standings with a victory and they are 8/5 to beat their Greater Manchester neighbours.
However, when considering the most recent meetings between the pair, a goalless draw seems the most likely outcome and this can be backed at 8/1.
Three of the last five encounters between the two have finished with no goals being scored, including their latest meeting in the first round of the Carling Cup at Spotlands in 2008.
Furthermore, Rochdale have become draw specialists of late by sharing the points in their last two League One games.
It is 11/5 that Rochdale simply draw with Oldham.
Not since an FA Cup tie in 1970 have Rochdale beaten Oldham and the fact that they are in the middle of a five-game winless streak does not inspire confidence of this run ending.
Keith Hill’s team are 11/8 to beat Oldham and will see the three points as vital to give them some breathing space from the relegation zone.
Although there is logic behind the game finishing 0-0, there is also the potential of the game being far more high scoring.
Some 26 goals have been scored in the last seven games featuring Rochdale, while 22 goals have been netted in Oldham’s last six outings.
Oldham have won two of their last three games against Rochdale 3-1 and this could be a more profitable football betting opportunity at 22/1.
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