Dale delight on Friday night

  • By: Nick Hext
  • Last Updated: January 25 2013, 19:47 GMT

There is plenty of doubt over this weekend's fixtures in League Two so don't be surprised to see more clubs disappointed by the weather.

Keith Hill: Back as Rochdale boss

Looking at the coupon as it stands, my tip is for Rochdale to enjoy success at Cheltenham on Friday night, although the Robins have confirmed more snow would put the game in danger.

There has been big news at Spotland this week with boss John Coleman departing to be replaced by the returning Keith Hill, who returns after 19 months away from the club.

Hill took charge at Barnsley for a season-and-a-half but was fired as the Tykes found themselves fully embroiled in a Championship relegation fight.

Rochdale's decision to change manager was made after a run of eight defeats in 10 games but there is still plenty to like about the north-west outfit as they only sit six points away from the play-offs in 14th.

It was only four games ago that they won at Capital One Cup finalists Bradford so they shouldn't fear the trip south to Whaddon Road and Hill only has his focus on the short-term.

"I'll be here until the end of the season and we will take stock of the situation then," he told the club's official website. "Until then we have an 18-game season to think about, to plan and to achieve so that's what I, the players and staff will be doing.

"We also need the fans to get behind us and give us all your support, that is crucial if we are going to go forward. I'm delighted to be back and cannot wait to get started."

Cheltenham do provide a tough test for Dale but it hasn't been too great a time for the Robins with no win in four matches, although it would be a bit harsh to hold the FA Cup defeat to Everton against them.

The Robins can move into the automatic promotion places with victory but it's only one win in five home games for Mark Yates' men so there will be pressure from the terraces.

Rochdale are the call in this clash and I will be backing them in the draw-no-bet market at 15/8 with Paddy Power.

There is the possibility of the bad weather making an impact on the game if it goes ahead and that could well leave both sides with a tough job to deal with the conditions.

The draw-no-bet option gives us a bet more security if the contest becomes a real battle.

  • Preview posted at 0945 GMT on 23/01/2013.